Employment disputes in the workforce

February 26, 2014
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Employment disputes in the workplace cost time and money, with the fear of tribunal often acting as a significant barrier for businesses, particularly SMEs. It is often cited a factor in dissuading companies from taking on staff, which could, ultimately, disrupt the growth of their business.
As an employment barrister I have seen first-hand the impact that long, drawn-out employment tribunals can have. Often taking at least six months between the claim and hearing, the drawbacks aren’t just monetary (as the costs fall to businesses), but also include stress for all sides affecting staff morale.

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The importance of Intellectual Property Rights for SMEs

February 11, 2014
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There is a need for a better understanding and focus on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the UK startup scene. Most often new ideas and disruptive inventions emerge from small, fast moving technology companies who are not afraid of doing things differently and breaking a few rules, especially the “we have always done it this way” model ingrained in established businesses. It is at this early stage that the startup needs to have a good understanding of where the value lies in their offering and also how best to protect it from competitors who are ready to copy.

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