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Business names for limited companies

Emma O'Brien
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Have you ever had a case of deja vu when looking at the name of a shop? Ever thought you’d seen that name somewhere else before? It can be tricky deciding on an original business name which reflects your area of specialism, appeals to consumers and...

Happy Second Birthday to the Corporate and Commercial Team

Jonathan Rathbone
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The Corporate and Commercial Team at Hughes Paddison is celebrating its second birthday this month.  In the first two years, the team has worked on around 50 transactions with a total deal value of around £50 million ranging from a £9...

Deposits - when are you entitled to ask for your money back?

Rosalin Gautam
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We use the expression deposit in a number of different ways. You can put down a damage deposit when renting a car or accommodation or you might pay a deposit when buying a car, a house or paying for a holiday. If you are paying a damage deposit, then the...

Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Rosalin Gautam
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Amendments to the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/2426) ( PECR ) have come into force today (19 December 2018). The intention of the 2018 Regs is to increase the powers of the Information Commissioner’s...

Budget changes to Entrepreneurs' Relief

Danielle Isaac
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Budget changes to Entrepreneurs’ Relief highlight benefits of EMI share options In the Autumn budget 2018, changes to entrepreneurs’ relief were announced which make it harder for companies to give share incentives to employees which benefit...

Potential trading implications for the UK post Brexit

Rosalin Gautam
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WTOs, FTAs, Customs Unions and EUs? Let us simplify a few things on potential trading implications for the UK post Brexit As the Brexit negotiations are intensifying, we thought it would be helpful to look in more detail at the legal framework by which...

Signing on the dotted line... or not...

Danielle Isaac
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Ever since written agreements have been in place, a good few centuries or so, a party to a contract has indicated their agreement to it by signing on the dotted line. This may have been a mark with cross, an untidy scrawl or an elegantly flourished moniker,...

Family businesses - get it in writing!

Danielle Isaac
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Family businesses are a popular choice for those with the confidence and conviction to forge a career either by starting out with parents and siblings or, more typically, children joining the family business ultimately with a view to taking over when their...

Trump and Kim's Singapore Agreement: Deal or No Deal?

Rosalin Gautam
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Recently the world watched as Donald Trump, President of the United States of America and Kim Jong-Un, leader of North Korea signed a key agreement in Singapore (“ Singapore Agreement ”). This agreement contained provisions for peace and the...

Facebook and the protection of data

Rosalin Gautam
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It has been impossible to miss the extreme level of scrutiny that Facebook has been placed under in the past few months. The revelations that approximately 87 million users, without their consent, had their data harvested by political marketing firm,...

Retention of Title and Limitation of Liability

Danielle Isaac
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Terms and conditions (“ T&Cs ”) are the bedrock of any commercial agreement. Whilst parties to commercial agreements are looking to establish and cultivate productive and profitable relationships, they are also concerned with limiting their...

GDPR in a Nutshell

Jonathan Rathbone
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“Not another article on GDPR!” I hear you cry.  Businesses are increasingly aware that they need to be GDPR compliant by 25 May 2018 and are trying to work out what that means for them. There is plenty of information out there, but it is...

Crowdfunding - should you be getting involved?

Danielle Isaac
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Crowdfunding is the buzz word when it comes to raising funds – whether that be for an exciting new product, a kidney transplant or a new film. So, is this something we should all be getting involved in? Historically, financing a new enterprise meant...

Don't panic! Get GDPR ready

Jonathan Rathbone
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Data Protection law is relevant to every business. It should not be ignored under the current rules, but under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which come into force in May next year, businesses will be required to take another look at what...

The GDPR clock is ticking - this is why you need to act now

Jonathan Rathbone
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If you are sending marketing e-mails to your customers and contacts, then you need their consent under the current rules, but many businesses will have sought that consent through pre-ticked boxes or as part of their terms and conditions – in other...