GDPR 2018

Data Protection – What Have We Learned From 2018?

January 18, 2019

So now we’ve entered 2019, it seems as good a time as any to stop and reflect on the action taken by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2018 with regards to data protection breaches, and consider what we can learn going forward to ensure that your business is not subject to a fine for breach of the new data protection legislation (GDPR). Back in July of 2018 we began to cover the emerging tr...

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IP 2018

Intellectual Property Law Important Changes in 2018

January 16, 2019

Although 2018 is more likely to be remembered as the year in which the dreaded GDPR came into force, there was also a good deal of action on the intellectual property (IP) front. To recap on the main events of the year here is a round-up of some of the more interesting IP law cases involving trademark and copyright issues.   Stretching copyright a step too far Did ...

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Brexit Contract Law

Brexit Impact on Commercial Contracts

January 8, 2019

As the final outcome of the Government’s negotiations in relation to the Brexit deal continue to be uncertain, many in our SME client network are becoming increasingly worried about how to ‘Brexit-Proof’ their business to the best degree possible. Commercial contracts are one of the very important elements of business that could be significantly impacted upon by Brexit. With all options appearing to b...

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domain disputes

How to Handle a Domain Name Dispute

January 3, 2019

Given the reliance we all place on the internet nowadays, websites are one of the key ways to market and sell products and most businesses own at least one internet domain name. Before settling on a trading name, savvy entrepreneurs will always check to see that the corresponding domain name (in some format or another) is available so that their online presence is easy to find by customers (e.g. www.lawbite...

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ip blog

Intellectual Property is Everywhere, Espcecially at Christmas

December 20, 2018

Christmas feels like it’s rolled round unusually quickly this year. Love Actually is back on the Netflix agenda and the manic hurry to cram in all present shopping is well and truly in count-down mode. But before the holiday season begins, we thought we’d leave you with some final thoughts and observations about Christmas and intellectual property (IP). We’re surrounded by examples of  IP at Christmas whenever...

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commercial lease

Commercial Property Leases – 5 Key Points

December 17, 2018

Taking a commercial lease of a property can be complex and is likely to be different to any other legal deal your business will do. A new property is exciting and will give the business opportunities and the environment to grow but will also be a significant financial investment and potential risk. It is therefore vital to ensure that: 1. The terms of lease that you negotiate suit your busines...

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property tips

Commercial Property – 3 Things You Should Consider

December 10, 2018

  Buying a business property is a long-term commitment so it is important to make sure that it is going to be a valuable asset (financially and practically) to your business. So, before buying business property, it is important to consider both its current and long-term suitability.   Three key things to consider when making this assessment are:...

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NMA

LawBite Sponsor the National Women’s Mentoring Award

December 7, 2018

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Women’s mentoring category at next year’s National Mentoring Awards (NMAs). At LawBite we are proud to have over 70% women lawyers working as LawBriefs, our very own fully SRA regulated law company. Our company attracts exceptional female talent due to our commitment to flexible working, which offers the wor...

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Brexit latest

Brexit Deal – Impact on SMEs

December 5, 2018

Ed Balls, the ex-Shadow Chancellor for the Labour Party, is part of the team who have released a new report on the Brexit deal – ‘Deal or No Deal?’.  The report is published by Harvard Kennedy School and focuses on the impact of Brexit on small and medium-sized (SME) British businesses. Previously we discussed ...

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trademark application

Trademark Applications – 5 Tips to Get it Right

November 29, 2018

As you may have noticed, we’ve been singing the praises and value of trademark protection in a few of our recent blog posts. Those who have been following will hopefully now (if you didn’t already!) understand exactly what a trademark is and isn’t...

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GDPR

Brexit and GDPR – ICO Fines and Data Breaches

November 27, 2018

And so we hear about more data protection breaches… the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) doesn’t seem to be relaxing the reins on GDPR enforcement anytime soon! Alongside the various big brands who have recently been in the headlines for their various data protection slip-ups, Brexit and its accompanying campaigns continue to loom large in th...

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Cyber Week LawBite

Amazon Hit with Major Data Breach

November 23, 2018

It has been widely reported this week that Amazon has suffered a major data breach which resulted in customer data including names and email addresses being disclosed on its website, right before the critical trading period around Black Friday. It is thought that a technical issue was ...

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ir35 rules

IR35 | 10 Rules for Contractors

November 22, 2018

On our blog earlier this month we discussed the effects of changes to the HMRC IR35 tax regulations on contractors and consultants following announcements in the Budget. These changes to the HMRC IR35 rules will have an impact not just on contractors but also business owners too. Here we provide you with 10 rules (below in italics) relating to this area of tax law and outline some of the complexities for w...

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trademark law

What is a Trademark?

November 21, 2018

We recently wrote about the importance of registering a trademark, but what is their fundamental purpose and how do we tell trademarks apart from other types of intellectual property (IP)? These are some of the business legal advice questions we get asked here at LawBite from time to time and this article is intended to help ...

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BREXIT

Brexit Series Part 4 | No Deal Game Plan for Financial Services Firms

November 15, 2018

LawBriefs solicitor Raza Naqvi has been providing his expert insight into the latest developments on Brexit. This week we bring the final blog post in this 4 part series, taking a look at ‘Brexit for Financial Services Firms’. The UK financial regulators (the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Authority (PRA)) in their preparation for a “no-deal” Brexit have published three cons...

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