Issues to consider for your tech business before post Brexit

As the UK prepares for Brexit with the transition period due to end on 31 December 2020, it is an important time for businesses operating in the tech sector. Trade agreement or not there will be significant changes.  From 1 January 2021, it is vital that businesses have knowledge of how new regulations may affect their […]

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NatWest Group Update

The NatWest Group have committed to champion the breaking down of barriers that exist in the banking world for people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. They established a task force in June designed to consider the actions necessary to tackle these inequalities.   After a very in-depth review, they have launched a set of […]

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Simplifying subject access requests – new detailed SARs guidance

All individuals have the right to ask an organisation how they are using or storing their personal information. Individuals can also ask organisations for copies of the personal information that they hold, either verbally or in writing. This is known as the right of access and is commonly known as making a subject access request […]

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Janette Johnston – Joins Our Team

She initially qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executive in 1999 and having attended University of Westminster Law School London, she then attended Guildford College of Law and has been qualified as a solicitor since 2008. Having started off in the City, she gathered much experience in litigation and family law. Janette’s […]

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Current COVID-19 Restrictions

On 22 September the Prime Minister introduced new ‘lock-down’ rules across the country, with further regional restrictions being implemented as and when needed. The new measures have been announced in an attempt to stop a second wave being as devastating as the last. It is still advised to wear a face covering and practice social […]

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Key Tax Cases – Summer Round Up

The UK courts and tribunals have released a number of notable judgements in recent weeks. The cases should serve as useful precedents for the importance of clear drafting when it comes to tax. Dodika v United Luck Group Holdings Ltd [2020] EWHC 2101. This case centred on the interpretation of tax clauses in a share […]

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Trademarks update: the implications of Sky v SkyKick

A story of David and Goliath ? Sky face a 1.5 million costs order for pursuing another brand for IP infringement. A recent ruling, this Summer, resulted in a High Court judge ordering “the overall winners” of an ongoing dispute over trademark rights to pay the other parties legal costs which totalled in excess of £1.5 […]

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IPO Update: Delays for Trademark Examination Reports

The Intellectual Property Office (‘IPO’) have advised that in light of unusually high volumes of trademark applications during the pandemic, examination reports are now taking 30 working days (6 weeks) from the filing date, whereas previously, examination reports were completed within 15 working days of receipt of applications. For more information on this news story, […]

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Commercial Property and Covid 19

Property Litigation: Protection From Eviction and Managing your commercial property The Coronavirus pandemic is putting a particular strain on the commercial property sector. Social-distancing measures and the closure of non-essential businesses have left many business owners unable to use their premises. New provisions brought in in by the UK government are attempting to mitigate some […]

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Drones in the construction industry is the way forward to save money;

The closure of Gatwick airport for three days, from 19th to 21st December 2018, grounded 1,000 flights and affected over 140,000 passengers. It is sadly this bad publicity that qualified and professional drone operators need to overcome. These were, however, all down to recreational operators who showed a complete disregard for safety and for others. […]

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Drones in the Property & Constructions Industry is growing

Due to their flexibility and that fact Drones are now so small yet sophisticated they could soon become as common on-site as trucks and diggers.         A recent report by Goldman Sachs makes it clear that the largest expected take-up for commercial drones is in construction, primarily in surveying and mapping sites. […]

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Blockchain and smart contracts 101

Blockchain and smart contracts 101 There are a number of question marks over blockchain security, dispute resolution and data protection compliancy. Should companies take legal advice before engaging with this technology and what are the legal pitfalls? By Jacqueline Watts Technology has substantially impacted the many of the business functions of different companies across various […]

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Commercial Leases

Entering into a commercial lease is a fact of life for many businesses but failing to obtain proper advice before doing so can have dire financial consequences. By seeking assistance from our commercial property team at A City Law Firm we can help remove the uncertainties and flag up legal pitfalls. As we act for […]

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Franchises and Commercial Leases

Franchising is a popular way of quickly growing a business and sharing the successful blueprint of a good product, service or idea. If you have a strong business brand which is suited for development as a franchise model i.e. it is a profitable business that has a proven track record and a broad appeal that can be replicated, finding franchisees may […]

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Handling squatters in commercial premises

The standard route is to commence proceedings in the County Court. In exceptional circumstances you can issue in the High Court. In the Claim Form you will be seeking an Order for Summary Possession.  A hearing can be given within a week or 2 days in urgent circumstances. Once the Order for Summary Possession is […]

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Break clause update – Canonical UK Ltd

Challenging rent terms in your lease: Canonical UK Ltd. v TST Millbank LLC In this case a tenant sought to break a lease, which clearly specified (as is normal practice) that for a break notice to be valid, all the rents payable under the lease had be paid up to the date of the break. It […]

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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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