Protect your business and yourself

Many years ago, I failed to take my own advice to protect my business and myself by having a cross option agreement sometimes called a double option agreement and my partner and I failed to take out policies on each other to cover death or incapacity. It’s relatively simple in the sense that if your […]

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UK Immigration Rules: New routes – individuals

2022 is a big year for UK immigration! The Government has announced some major changes to the system for UK work visas already and it plans to announce more later this year. It will introduce the main changes from April to August. Businesses should take note and take appropriate action now. Investor Visa For many […]

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Pensions Freedoms for inter-generational Planning

The mere mention of the word Pension for many people creates an instant sense of boredom, complexity and jargon! A minefield of rules and regulations as well as being told by everyone from government to our parents that we are not setting enough aside for retirement, is usually “the nail in the coffin” to the […]

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Steps to be taken in relation to trademarks and designs

Steps to be taken in relation to trademarks and designs since the advent of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement –        Make a note of the new UK registration numbers along with the due renewal dates. –        File new UK trade mark and design applications in relation to any pending EU applications:  any EU trade […]

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Calling All Developers – Are You Commonhold Ready?

Pankaj Patel is TBC’s commercial and property lawyer who combines his wide legal skills with many years’ of entrepreneurial experience. The concept of Commonhold has been around since 2002 but there has been very little take up by developers.  However, now that there has been escalating criticism of leasehold properties, the time may now have […]

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India: A Beacon for British SMEs

India Unmasked It will come as a surprise to some that the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world is based in India: the Serum Institute of India, supplier to the world. It may also be a surprise that not only did India achieve the fastest rate of vaccinations – one million in 6 days – […]

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Tips for SMEs – why GDPR matters

As an employer, you doubtless seek to ensure that you operate legally. Contracts of employment, staff manuals, equality compliance – all bread-and-butter HR practices. But have you ensured you are ‘GDPR’ compliant? SMEs are equally subject to privacy laws as their larger counterparts, and just as vulnerable to legal and regulatory risks should they get […]

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Protecting Intellectual Property post Brexit

Businesses that own IP rights, trademarks, patents, designs or copyrights should seek legal advice NOW Whether or not there is a deal on Brexit before the 31st December 2020 you should be aware of the effect of Brexit on your IP rights.  In particular, action may be required in relation to any registered or pending […]

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Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Risk Management

Statistics: According to YouGov Study: • On average small growth companies have 8 legal cases per annum • Costs of legal failings, £13.6bn The study surveyed 20 different sectors and 1,000 companies, asking respondents to indicate losses related to a wide range of legal issues. The most common legal issues faced by business owners were […]

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General Data Protection Regulation – Prepare Now For New Law In May 2018

The Data Protection Act 1998 requires every organisation that processes personal information to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), unless they are exempt. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Unless one of the exemptions applies, individuals should generally be able to choose whether or not their personal data is disclosed to another […]

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