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GDPR: A Year On…

It’s now one year since the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were introduced alongside the Data Protection Act 2018. However, how has GDPR actually impacted us since then? Last year “Are you GDPR compliant?” was a question that brought about both fear and apathy in equal amounts, and the day it came into force (Friday […]

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The Rich(er) Sounds of Employee Ownership Trusts

Richer Sounds (a hi-fi, home cinema, and television specialist) has become one of the latest British companies – including Leeds-based door manufacturer Union Industries – to use an Employee-Ownership Trust (EOT) to give its employees a stake in the company. The owner and founder of the retailer, Julian Richer, used an EOT to transfer a […]

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Lending Money: A Regulatory Minefield

If you lend money to a friend, business contact, or relative, you could potentially be facing a criminal conviction, a hefty fine, and the prospect of being unable to recover any of your money if you are found to be carrying out a “Regulated Activity” in breach of the Financial Services and Marketing Act 2000 […]

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Defenders of the Jaguar Land Rover IP battle

Following a protracted legal battle between a Yorkshire-based car customising business and internationally renowned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), it appears that financial power doesn’t necessarily equate to legal horsepower; with the Court of Appeal recently finding in favour of Twisted Automotive’s use of the initials ‘LR’ in the name of their showroom ‘LR Motors’. Some […]

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E-signatures: Are times changing?

Technology is moving forward fast with developments aiming to simplify and digitise everyday tasks and the use of electronic signatures is already prevalent in daily life, from signing for your food shop on a digital device, to clicking the ‘I accept’ button online. However, when it comes to signing important legal documents, there is little […]

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The importance of Shareholders’ Agreements

A recent High Court case has again highlighted how important it can be for shareholders to have the right agreements in place to govern the relationship between themselves and the company, and set out processes to be followed in prescribed circumstances. Brothers Angus, Allan and Alistair McCallum-Toppin founded AMT Coffee Limited (AMT) in 1993 from […]

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Marriott announce data breach of information for as many as 500 million people

The Marriott Hotel chain announced on Friday 30 November 2018 that information contained in its Starwood brands guest reservation database was compromised. Unauthorised access occurred in connection with reservations at Starwood properties on or before 10 September 2018, potentially dating back to 2014. Marriott received an alert from a security tool on 8 September 2018 […]

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Directors’ duties: Staying shipshape

If we think about companies as ships, then company directors are a ship’s captains.  They are tasked by shareholders of the company with plotting their precious vessel’s course to success while navigating choppy commercial waters, and perhaps dealing with an unruly crew. To do this, like any captain, a director needs to be imbued with […]

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Budget 2018 – Pro-business…but No-Deal Brexit casts a shadow

The 2018 Budget has been received positively by business groups. Carolyn Fairburn, CBI Director-General said it was “a rock solid Budget, bringing more treats than tricks for business whilst the Federation of Small Businesses hailed it as “the most small-business-friendly budget that this Chancellor has delivered.” So what could the Budget mean for your business? […]

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Naming and shaming – will #MeToo and Philip Green affect Non-disclosure Agreements?

Labour peer and long-standing human rights campaigner Lord Hain blasted through five Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) when he named retail tycoon Sir Philip Green as the latest leading businessman at the centre of allegations of workplace abuse, including sexual and racial harassment, on 26 October. Lord Hain’s actions are all the more dramatic as just two […]

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