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Changes to PECR: keep your communications compliant!

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  Whether your business is prepared, planning or panicked about the introduction of the GDPR, it’s unlikely that you haven’t at least heard talk of the upcoming changes to data protection law. If you haven’t, you’re in for a...

The Criminal Finances Act 2017: is your business ready?

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Cast your mind back to April 2016. It might be difficult to remember a time pre-Brexit negotiations and the Trump administration, but perhaps harder not to recall the blockbuster scandal that was the Panama Papers leak: the largest data leak in history (and...

A Lesson in Law

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For the first time in history, both businesses and consumers can choose how they access the law and how much they pay through our innovative new model. We’re putting our clients back in the driver’s seat by giving them the choice to instruct us...

The Gender Pay Gap in The Legal Industry

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Last month, figures published by the BBC revealed an embarrassing disparity between the salaries of its male and female employees. As a corporation whose motto is to educate, inform and entertain, it’s difficult to see the entertainment in these...

Deregulation in the Legal Industry

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360 Business Law:  Deregulation in the Legal Industry: Unlocking a closed market while maintaining quality of service for consumers and businesses How did it start? Why is there deregulation in the law sector? Would I receive the same level of...

NHS Cyber Attack - The Threat is Real and Here to Stay

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First they came for the Democratic National Committee, and you didn’t revise your cybersecurity strategy. Then they came for Netflix, and you didn’t protect your network. Then they came for the NHS, and you didn’t improve your security...

TheDarkOverlord & Other Cybercrime Trends of 2017

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Last year, a hacking group calling themselves ‘TheDarkOverlord’ released data from the California investment bank WestPark Capital. The data featured background checks on five individuals, private stock offering details related to Facebook and...

AI & The Legal Industry

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Not so long ago, a mention of AI was enough to make lawyers shake in their suits. “Will lawyers be replaced by robots?” they cried, “Is this the end of the legal profession as we know it?” Hype and hysteria ensued. What was once a...

The Cyber Threat to UK Businesses

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Getting hacked is not something you expect to happen to your business or organisation - until it does. Don’t believe me? Just ask Bangladesh Bank, the victim of a cyber-attack last year, which resulted in the theft of $81,000,000. Or even better - ask...

Brexit Begins

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The time has come for Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and officially begin the Brexit process. To some, this is the beginning of the end. The truth is, it’s actually just the end of the beginning. The activation of the Article 50 divorce clause...

Preparing for the EU GDPR

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In 1998, the Data Protection Act became law in the UK. It replaced the Data Protection Act 1984, and the Access to Personal Files Act 1987. The purpose of this legislation was to regulate the storage, use and management of individuals’ personal...

Limitation of Liability: Why the L.O.L clause is no laughing matter

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Imagine that every single word you said aloud was taken literally, and if you misspoke - you couldn’t correct yourself. If you accidentally said you wanted large, not small, two sugars, not one, a single, not a return or no bag rather than one bag,...

Who owns your intellectual property?

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In 2008, Beyoncé topped the charts with ‘Single Ladies’, a song reminding single men that if they liked it, then they should’a put a ring on it. It may have been conveyed with a catchy chorus and killer choreography, but...

The Late, Great Business Rates Debate

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Cast your mind back to April 2010. Gordon Brown had just been caught calling a pensioner “bigoted.” The volcanic eruption in Iceland had just stopped 10 million travellers from reaching their destination. Business rates had just been...

Venture Capital, or: how I learned to stop pitching and start planning ahead

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So, you’ve got a business idea. It’s ground-breaking. It’s going to change the game; it’s going to be revolutionary. Brilliant! Now all you need is a bit of funding to get off the ground.  After all, a start-up without funds is...

How will Brexit affect your business?

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Well, here we are. 8 months after the UK’s vote to leave, the divorce proceedings between Britain and the EU have finally begun. Brexit is officially upon us, and it looks like Theresa & The Gang have managed to put together a bit of a plan. ...

Is the Traditional Law Firm a Thing of the Past?

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In L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’, a young woman finds herself in another world searching desperately for a way to get home. She is told of a magic wizard who is “all great and powerful” and can help her do… pretty...

Workplace Pension Scheme

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or have spent the last few months on holiday, you will have heard about the Workplace Pension Scheme that will become a mandatory requirement for all businesses in the UK, regardless of size. So how will the...

Work at Height Regulations

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There have been a plethora of cases recently where the Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted individuals and companies who have permitted staff and others to suffer injury whilst working at height: Case 1:  a businessman converting a...

Bribery Act 2010

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The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1st July 2011 and replaces all previous legislation on this topic. The Act makes it an offence to offer a bribe, to receive a bribe or to bribe a public official. Responsibility is placed on all organisations to have...

Non-Disclosure Agreements

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Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) are used to protect your confidential information, which is why they are also called Confidentiality Agreements. When should you use Non-Disclosure Agreements? Of course the best way to keep something confidential is not to...

Shareholders Agreements

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Shareholders Agreements are contracts between the shareholders of a company and whilst there is no legal requirement to have a formal shareholders agreement in place when you first set up a company and issue shares, they are recommended. What is The Purpose...

Business Contracts

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There are many types of business contracts, from Shareholders Agreements to Employment Contracts, NDAs to Customer and Supplier Agreements, but why are these important and why do these need to be in writing when an oral contract is legally binding? Why you...

Shared Parental Leave

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Five months since the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, most employers still don’t understand it very well. Unless you have had a request to take Shared Parental Leave, you probably haven’t looked too closely at it. On the fact of it,...

Garden Leave and Restrictive Covenants

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No matter how good an employer you are, employees leave, either through their choice or yours and sometimes this can be more damaging than simply having to find a replacement. While working for you your employees may have built up knowledge of your working...

Data Protection Between the UK and the USA

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Since the introduction of the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK everyone responsible for using personal data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. They must make sure the information is: used fairly and lawfully used...

Consumer Contracts Regulations

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The Consumer Contracts Regulations apply to contracts concluded on or after 13 th June 2014 and replace the Distance Selling Regulations 2000 and Off-Premises Regulations 2008. These new regulations apply to all purchases made at a distance which includes...

Childcare Vouchers and Maternity Leave

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The EAT has ruled on the thorny issue of childcare vouchers while on maternity leave. The rules on maternity leave state that while a woman is entitled to any non-cash benefit under her contract, she is not entitled to remuneration. Most of the time it is...

Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)

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The Construction Industry Scheme applies to you if you pay subcontractors to do construction work or if your business doesn’t do construction work but you usually spend more than £1 million a year on construction. CIS is a tax deduction scheme...

Business Structures

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Are you looking to start a new business? If so, there are lots of things you need to consider at the very beginning and probably the most important of these is to decide which company structure to choose. There are four main types of company structure: Sole...

How Times Have Changed

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Recently, whilst scanning through an old Law Society Gazette (27th Oct 2014), I came across and was drawn to an article by Jonathan Rayner entitled, “How to: work from home” in the Practice Management section. The starting paragraph recounts how...

Consumer Rights Act 2015

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The Consumer Rights Act came into force on 01 October 2015 and only applies to items bought AFTER 1 st October 2015. This new act replaces three key pieces of former legislation – the Sale of Goods Act, Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations...

1st October Changes to the Law

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Every October brings new employment law changes, and 2015 is certainly no different. While the Government’s proposals to toughen the rules on industrial action have been headline news this summer, we should not overlook the legal changes that are just...