Protecting Confidential Information

Are your trade secrets safe? Confidential information is non-public privileged information pertaining to a company’s business. Such information can include, trade secrets, proprietary information, know-how, technical, business or financial information and personal information. Are you worried that an employee will leave and take confidential information with them to benefit your competitor? Employees can be bound […]

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Do your T&Cs do what you want them to?

Terms and Conditions (Ts & Cs) are an essential part of all businesses. They should provide clarity for customers and strike a fair balance to encourage business while offering you sufficient protection from the distraction and cost of disputes. Inadequately drafted and you could find yourself facing serious problems such as cash flow problems, business […]

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What’s in a name? Just Google it! 

Google has become so renowned and ingrained in our daily lives that it’s the first thing that pops into your head when you want to know the answer to almost anything. “Google it” has become an in-built reaction to being asked a question you don’t know the answer to. Why then, would this tech giant choose to change their […]

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Market Value of your Business

What I have observed in practice is that many businesses overlook the fact that fundamentally IP is a business asset.  Where the asset is protected by law and exclusive to you its value increases as does the business. IP can create an income stream for your business.  How? Licensing, patenting and commercially packaging IP as […]

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The effect of: Consumer Rights Act 2015

Christmas lists have been created and movies, music and apps for loved ones are now being sourced & downloaded. Business will be booming for digital moguls, but be aware the amended rules give your consumers protection never before bestowed. The Consumer Rights Act 2015, is in place to protect consumers of goods and services provided […]

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Are you a shadow director, does it matter?

It is important that all business owners and those contemplating commencing a business are aware of the issues surrounding shadow directors and how someone may accidentally become one. What is a shadow director? A shadow director is someone who is not a registered director of a company but exercises control or influence over a business […]

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Director’s Duties: What it actually involves!

As a Director, you will probably already understand the day to day decisions for the company and the metaphorical buck now stops firmly with you, but what about company procedures, legal duties, lifetime liabilities and the ‘fine print’ of being a Director? The Fine Print of the Law As a Director on a Board, you […]

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Starting a Business, How hard can it be?

A City Law Firm Limited started up in 2009 right smack in the middle of the recession, how hard could it be? Well 6 years later growing from 2 to 10 fee earners, triple turnover, a whole floor of offices and consultants aboard I, as the founding partner, can happily say “the hardest thing in […]

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Raising capital: Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a new phenomena for businesses to raise capital by selling their equity to a large number of individuals, typically over the internet. Crowdfunding is also used for raising funds for individual projects or campaigns. The practice of Crowdfunding is popular in the USA and is now beginning to gain momentum in the UK. […]

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Why have a shareholders agreement?

You have a great concept or product, funding and perhaps a friend, relative or colleague that wants to join forces with you. The key to any successful business is good advice, support and above all appreciate the risks, liabilities involved and how you come out on top to fight another day if it all goes […]

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Becoming a Director…liabilities?

As a Director, you will probably already understand the day to day decisions for the company and the metaphorical buck now stops firmly with you, but what about company procedures, legal duties, lifetime liabilities and the ‘fine print’ of being a Director? Entrepreneurs and new Directors will always see the benefit to Limited Liability status […]

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Thinking of selling your business?

If you’re thinking about selling your business, the process can proceed more smoothly if the business owner has prepared their business for sale. This applies whether you’re selling the assets or the shares (which is an option if the business operates through a company). Preparation – Due Diligence It is advisable for a buyer to […]

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Is Your Business Website Lawful?

Business website: What should it contain? Your business has a website, have you ensured there are no restrictions or requirements that you should display? If your business operates a web-site which is used to market your business i.e. advertise services or goods or actually sell goods or services online (whether it is to other businesses […]

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Is Your Company Formed Correctly?

It is important that your company is correctly formed. Most companies intend to be limited by shares, but you will be surprised by the frequency of companies ‘accidentally’ set up to be limited by guarantee.  Is your company correctly formed? It is important that your company is correctly formed. Most companies intend to be limited […]

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Starting up a new business in 2016

Free 30 minute consultation and fixed – discounted fees for your first year. Start Up Business Advice Comprehensive legal advice for Business Start-ups in clear language by someone who understands – we offer a bespoke service , with discounted fixed fees, to cover all your legal needs in starting a business We know starting up […]

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Confidentiality and Restrictive Covenants

Whether employed or self-employed people assisting your business will have access to your trade secrets, supplier lists and client names and addresses. If someone leaves your employment or starts-up a side-business they could potentially cause you losses: they could solicit business from your clients for themselves or a competitor; use your materials and information or […]

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