What is IP and why do I need to protect it?

So you’ve come up with an awesome idea for a startup. You know that you have the potential to be the next big thing. So you look at your budget and break down where you need to spend – be it marketing, networking events, hiring of staff or technology… but how safe is your very […]

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Top Tips to Attract Investors

How much control can you afford to relinquish?  It is essential you decide on this early on , as it is very easy to accept an investors terms when they are offering you a much needed cash injection. What level of control do you need to retain to be able to operate your business on a […]

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Employee shareholding schemes

New legislation has come into effect which will allow employees to become shareholders in a company in exchange for surrendering key employment rights. Significant tax reliefs are available for employees who enter into one of these schemes. The provisions are expected to come into force in Autumn 2013. The “Exchange” Employees who enter into the […]

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Nannies, Child Minders or Nursery obligations

Legal considerations when choosing your childcare provider A parent has a number of important decisions to make in relation to choosing who will care for their child when they are not able to do so, especially if they intend to return to work.  This article considers the legal issues concerning the traditional child care providers, […]

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Nursery T&Cs what is hidden in there?

As parents we have a number of important decisions to make. One is who will look after and care for our children , where we cannot do so, due to returning to work for example. This article focuses on Nurseries, but please see our other articles on nannies and child minders if this is applicable. […]

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Government pension reforms

The recent reforms have implemented a new auto-enrolment scheme where employers are required to enrol eligible employees into a pension scheme automatically. Employers are also required to contribute to their employees’ pension funds. Auto-enrolment Employees that are eligible for the auto-enrolment scheme are: Employees aged between 22 and the state pension age who are earning […]

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TUPE Regulations 2006

TUPE is a complicated area of law and if you do not comply fully with the rules, or take time to consider the consequences carefully, it can be expensive and disastrous for those buying or selling their businesses. If you are going to buy, sell, or transfer the ownership of a business or take on a […]

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Infringement of IP Rights

Q: What is Intellectual property? A: Intellectual Property (IP) ascribes the legal right that exists in products of human creativity. IP is divided into two categories:  Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks such as your logo, company name or slogan, industrial designs; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems […]

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Protecting your business name/brand

Whether you are operating your business as a sole trader, partnership, LLP or limited company you will have given it a name. You may well also have developed a logo, which together will be used to distinguish your business from your competitors. A considerable amount of time and money can be spent creating your brand identity […]

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