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Carrying Out Alterations To Commercial Lease Premises

August 26, 2020

When an SME takes out a commercial property lease that it will want to carry out works on the premises, likely both at the outset and at other times during the term of the agreement – whether to fit out, upgrade or modernise the property. Both parties need to make sure the lease is clear on any alterations – a commercial tenant will want to be sure it can adapt the premises to suit the needs of its busine...

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Have You Inadvertently Committed Furlough Fraud?

July 14, 2020

The Government’s Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme) has ensured that many people who would have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic have been spared such hardship. However, the speed by which the scheme was enacted and the initial absence of information has resulted in some employers inadvertently misusing it. Unfortunately, as evidenced by the almost 2,000 whistleblowing calls to HMRC, there may have also...

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Coronavirus – Managing Risk as Staff Return To Work

July 2, 2020

As the UK Coronavirus lockdown begins to lift, with non-essential shops being allowed to open in June and more establishments in July, SME owners will be conscious of the need to ensure the health and safety of their employers as well as customers. The risk of future regulatory enforcement action and/or personal injury claims will be praying heavily on the minds of many owners and directors’. To assist e...

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How to have a legally sound party season

November 25, 2019

It’s the time of the season. Yes, not just for Christmas trees in the office and ugly sweaters: the office party is also around the corner. I’m sure that like me you have witnessed your share of unusual behaviours at one of these events, and as an employer, you may have had some seasonal dramas. We have previously posted about how you, as a business, s...

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Website Terms and Conditions – Legal Requirements

February 7, 2019

Nearly every website has a link to its terms and conditions (Ts and Cs) but this document will vary from business to business and you may need more than one set of terms and conditions for your website. Website terms and conditions are different to the Ts and Cs needed for e-commerce for the selling of goods and/or services online. Website Ts and Cs normally exist in a bundle with and link to: Acceptable Use Policy, Privacy...

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Debt Recovery Pre-litigation Tips

January 31, 2019

Many business owners invest their time into making sure that their business is as profitable as possible. An essential part of that process is to take necessary steps to aid smooth and successful debt recovery where needed. At LawBite we are experts in Debt Recovery processes, designed to provide business owners with the best advice and assista...

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SME Roadmap

The SME Roadmap Part 3

January 24, 2019

The final stop along the SME road will show you some of the legal pitfalls you might face during your business journey and the potential exit strategies which you may be able to use to cash-in on your success. This article is for guidance only and should not be used in replacement of professional legal advice.   Managing your legal risks Let’s be frank, bei...

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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, Brexi...

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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...

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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...

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