You’ve had that eureka! moment and you’re going to develop the next Tinder or WhatsApp. How then do you protect the fruits of your labour? Intellectual property laws in the UK do not protect ideas per se, but the embodiment of those ideas.
Posted on 18th June 2015 in Legal.
Small businesses looking to start litigation over a dispute may want to rethink their strategy as the Ministry of Justice has recently announced a massive increase in the court fees payable to start litigation. The changes mean that litigation will become more elitist as sky rocketing costs will force small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to look for alternative ways to resolve disputes.
Posted on 15th June 2015 in Legal.
Launching a new business can be exciting, but there are a number of processes that an entrepreneur will need to consider to ensure its success. For example, during the start-up stage, entrepreneurs can risk everything by failing to get to grips with the required legalities. Here I will take a look at some of the biggest legal pitfalls to look out for when setting up a business and discuss how these can be avoided.
A brief outline of the issues associated with unfair dismissal; a legal procedure that requires careful consideration of the employer/employee relationship.
Small business owner/operators should take steps to protect their business in the event that they lose capacity to make financial decisions. A primary means of doing this is with a lasting power of attorney (LPA) – a legal document where someone nominates another person to make decisions on their behalf should they lose capacity to do so through illness or major accident.
Posted on 5th June 2015 in Legal.
It’s difficult running a small business. Long hours, hard work and fear of falling profits due to external factors all combine to make a business owner’s stress levels among the highest in the country. That being the case, news of any form of tax break is always cheering for any business owner.
Following the Queen’s official opening of parliament, UK businesses could well slip into feeling as though all is certain for the future of their company. With the uncertainty of a hung parliament or a minority government a distant memory, this could be the time that UK businesses let their guard down. However, we are still in the midst of potentially massive changes, and businesses need to be at the top of their game to ensure that they have a plan of attack for any outcome that might come as a result of the new government.
Following months of campaigning, we now know the identity of our new government. So, will a majority Conservative government, unhampered by the restraints of the previous coalition, bring about significant changes in the world of employment law?
Posted on 18th May 2015 in Legal.
There are an estimated 5 million small businesses here in the UK, and they are fast becoming the driving force in growing our current economy. So it’s no surprise that in a bid to continue boosting business the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act has officially become Law.
Energy policy is constantly evolving, so it is easy for businesses to be caught on the back foot. With a multitude of acronyms and dense technical language, energy policy and regulation can confuse even the most diligent policy enthusiasts.
Posted on 28th April 2015 in Legal.
What clients are looking for today are lawyers who are responsive and have all the information about their matter available all the time. The days of waiting for your lawyer to get back to the office for matter information are gone.
Posted on 24th April 2015 in Legal.
Setting up a workplace pension for your employees can seem like a daunting task; soon it will be a reality for every employer in the UK. This is due to a new pension regulation known as Auto Enrolment. However there are ways to make it easier for employers by avoiding these common Auto Enrolment mistakes to ensure they are ready for their staging date. The staging date is the most important milestone for employers embarking on Auto Enrolment, as this is the date at which the new regulations apply to their businesses.