Brexit Deal – Impact on SMEs

December 5, 2018
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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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Brexit and GDPR – ICO Fines and Data Breaches

November 27, 2018
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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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Amazon Hit with Major Data Breach

November 23, 2018
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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 | 10 Rules for Contractors

November 22, 2018
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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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Brexit Series Part 4 | No Deal Game Plan for Financial Services Firms

November 15, 2018
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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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Cyber Week | A Reminder of Advertising Do’s and Don’ts

November 13, 2018
CyberWeek Advertising Do's and Don'ts

As we approach the run-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, businesses will likely be in the final stages of preparing their advertising and marketing campaigns. Last year on Black Friday in the UK, a whopping £1.4 billion was spent on online sales. For businesses to make the most out of this high-profile, busy sales period and retail event of the calendar year, �...

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IR35 Using Contractors | Budget 2018

November 6, 2018
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Philip Hammond has spoken … and the changes to the IR35 regulations and off-payroll hiring introduced to the public sector in 2017 will now also apply to “large” and “medium” sized private sector enterprises with effect from 2020. We discussed the importance of professional business legal advice when considering the basis with which you work with different groups of people such...

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Trademark a colour? Louboutin’s signature red-soled shoe saga

October 30, 2018
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Colour marks are relatively rare in the world of trademarks and court cases centred around them are rarer still. One very high-profile exception to this are the ongoing lawsuits involving protection of Christian Louboutin’s famous red-soled shoe as a trademark. Proving just how diverse and intricate arguments over what you can and cannot trademark protect can get in the realm of intellectual property (IP). Since th...

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Brexit Series Part 3 | Prepare Your Contracts for ‘No Deal’

October 2, 2018
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Brexit-Proofing Your Contracts As another week passes, the politics behind Brexit continues to prevent businesses from receiving certainty as to what their relationship with EU customers and suppliers will be. Following the Labour Party conference in Liverpool and the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, will we see a continuation of a so-far ineffective and muddled approach or will a clear Brexit vision em...

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Brexit Latest | No Deal Impact Papers

September 25, 2018
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As we move closer to the Brexit deadline, we are starting to hear more and more about the ‘No Deal’ scenario. But what does this really mean for UK and EU businesses? There have now been a further two rounds of Brexit No Deal impact papers for businesses released by the UK Government since the first one which centred on the ...

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Brexit Series Part 2 | No Deal Game Plan for SMEs

September 20, 2018
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LawBrief solicitor Raza Naqvi has been providing his expert insight into the latest developments on Brexit. This week we are back with Part 2 of this 4 part series – ‘No Deal’ game plan for SMEs. As another week passes, the terms of  Brexit still lacks clarity. Yesterday’s summit in Salzburg shows that the Irish border...

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The Cookies Law, ePrivacy and Your Business Activities

September 18, 2018
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For those of you who are still getting to grips with the complicated rules of GDPR, we’ve got some bad news… the new ePrivacy Regulation is due to come into force during 2019, and is part two of the reform of the EU data protection framework. These 2 new regulations combined really means that businesses must get their data protection practices in order across the board and achieve full compliance as soo...

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Q4 Planning – Key Considerations for Your Business Contracts

September 13, 2018
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As the kids (and us!) head back to school after the summer, it seems an appropriate time for businesses to run a ‘health check’ of key matters to ensure everything is in place before diving into autumn and a busy Q4. Contracts are one of the key elements of any successful business whether for clients or on the supplier side and for maximum peace of mind professional business legal advice is essential fo...

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Brexit | .eu Domain: What Does it Mean for Your Business?

September 12, 2018
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With all the news about Brexit, of which helpful information can be found on our blog, one important area to consider for businesses and individuals is regarding .eu domain names. The domain .eu is used by businesses and companies established in the EU and available for all EU residents, providing users with a European internet identity onl...

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Brexit Series Part 1 | What Next?

September 11, 2018
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Starting from this week our LawBrief solicitor Raza Naqvi will be providing his expert insight into the latest developments on Brexit – its impact on SMEs and the possible scenarios which businesses will face in the coming months. Confused by Brexit? Hard, soft, deal or no deal? Whatever it is, what does it...

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