Intellectual Property during and after the end of Brexit’s transition period

February 12, 2020

Now that the UK has formally left the EU, the IPO has helpfully published a document setting out high-level details on the impact of the Withdrawal Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights during and after the Brexit transition phase.  This article sets out so...

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The End of a Business Partnership

The End of a Business Partnership

February 10, 2020

When you and your business partner start on a new venture, there is very rarely time to stop and consider what the end of that relationship will look like. Will the business become hugely successful and be bought out by a much bigger company? Will you both have the same priorities and vision that you have now? Or will something happen down the line to render your working relationship no longe...

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Trademarks faqs

Top 10 most frequently asked trademark questions answered

February 7, 2020

Whilst the law of trademarks can at times be a complex beast, this article is designed to answer some of the simpler questions we are frequently asked on this subject: Question: What is a trademark? Answer: In fact, many things can constitute trademarks. They are not simply reserved for business/trading names but also protec...

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ICO GDPR

Newsflash – ICO issue statement on GDPR compliance after Brexit

January 30, 2020

The ICO has published a statement on GDPR compliance after 31 January 2020 (the day that the UK leaves the European Union).    There are no big surprises in the ICO’s statement, as it is consistent with the ICO’s previous given indications and guidance. The message is clear – GDPR sti...

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Ensuring your business meets customer demand

Ensuring your business meets customer demand

January 27, 2020

The most common concerns that are heard from business owners are generally; improving their product or service, driving traffic to their business and retaining current clients. What is more a rarity, at least from small business owners, is the concern that they will fail to meet customer demand. Seems like a nice problem to have! However, it is a ...

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2020 Employment Law Updates

January 20, 2020

To implement its Good Work Plan (which is aimed at clarifying and strengthening workplace rights) the government is making a number of changes to employment law.  Important changes taking effect from 6 April 2020 (new Bereavement Leave rights are TBC) are set out below....

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IP AUDITS

IP audits – Why are they important?

January 14, 2020

All businesses, without exception, own some form of intellectual property.  Strong Intellectual Property portfolios add tremendous value to a company and understanding how to use, manage, exploit and leverage these important assets can be key to a venture’s bottom line and maintaining its competitive edge.  ...

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ICO's data protection guidance for SMEs

ICO’s new SME GDPR hub
Should your New Year’s Resolution be to comply with GDPR?

January 8, 2020

Toward the end of last year, the Information Commissioners’ Office published some further guidance about data privacy aimed at the SME market (Small/Medium-Sized Enterprises). This adds to their growing library of guidance publications and self-assessmen...

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brexit

An uncertain Brexit future for businesses

December 30, 2019

Xero has recently published a study which finds that 44% of small and medium businesses (SMEs) are concerned about Brexit uncertainties.  Why is this, and what are the main factors driving these concerns?     The political climate There has been significant poli...

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TUPE

Guide to TUPE

December 24, 2019

If you are buying or selling a business (other than by way of share sale), entering into a contract for the provisions of services (whether as a service provider or service user) you need to know about TUPE and how it works or you will incur unexpected employment costs and liabilities which make the transaction less profitable at best, loss making at worse and otherwise cause practi...

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