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Trade Marks – Limit your risk by protecting your brand

December 19, 2012

A limited company is by definition limited in its risk. Its legal status separates the business from its owner’s personal assets.  So for a limited company not to trade mark its company name and brand is to increase business risks that could be avoided relatively easily and cheaply.

How to enforce a County Court Judgment

July 25, 2012

You see County Court Judgments, or CCJs, mentioned on debt-related adverts all the time, but what are they, and how do you enforce one?

Discrimination law – the winds of change

April 3, 2012

There is a wind of change blowing through employment law landscape.  Employers need to think carefully during all stages of the employment relationship before taking any steps.

The importance of a trade mark if you’re selling online

March 28, 2012

Before online shopping became the norm, fake goods were widespread but because you could see and feel the products before buying them you were able to ascertain their providence (or at least try to).  This is not the case anymore.  Anyone can sell on eBay or Amazon, for instance, and pass off fake goods as […]

The ‘must’ and ‘should’ of good employment relations

March 26, 2012

If you own a small business you need to keep paper work to a minimum but not cut corners when it comes to employment law. But without any in-house HR support this can be easier said than done.

Commercial use of Facebook and Twitter – risks and rewards

March 19, 2012

Chris Hutchings, partner at Hamlins LLP, looks at the potential pitfalls and benefits of using social media sites for business purposes.

Top trade mark tips for small business owners

October 11, 2011

If you are starting a new business, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of securing trade mark protection.

Website copyright – how to protect your site content

October 11, 2011

More and more business owners now have their own websites. With the amount of content now available online, how do you copyright the articles and words you publish on your business site?

Family businesses – A guide to governance structures

October 11, 2011

The UK’s 3 million family businesses account for over 30pc of gross domestic product, provide 65% of the 4.5 million private sector businesses, employ 9.5 million and hand the Government £47 billion in tax receipts a year, 10% of the annual total.

How to manage and minimise the legal risks to small companies

October 11, 2011

In this article, Guy Hollebon from Bevans Solicitors looks at some key legal risks that can affect small businesses and how to manage and minimise such risks. Guy has approached the matter as an expert lawyer and also as a small business owner, providing both legal and practical tips.

Make sure your solicitor is qualified to take on your case

October 11, 2011

Following on from our recent article on how to find the right small business solicitor, Dr Yuri Rapoport, of the new consumer offering “Rapoport’s Directory”, believes that you shouldn’t be paying to educate your solicitor.

Choosing a solicitor for your business

October 11, 2011

When running your business, there may be times when you’ll need to obtain legal advice. Quite often, a solicitor will be called upon to review a contract, or to provide a legal opinion on a wide variety of business issues.

Passing the family business to the next generation – legal guide

October 11, 2011

Of all the many things that can disrupt or wreck a business, a change in ownership must be near the top of the list. When family politics are added to the mix of a process that is usually fraught with difficulties in any case, it can be an explosive combination.

Companies Act 2006 & derivative claims by shareholders

October 11, 2011

Stephan Weber of Sykes Anderson LLP discusses the new statutory provisions under the Companies Act 2006 in respect of derivative claims by shareholders

Charging interest in contractual relationships

October 11, 2011

Interest rates are important. They can substantially affect the return on investments and have a huge impact on inflation and the economy generally. In a highly geared economy like ours, they can be the difference between boom and bust.

Companies Act 2006 – Update

October 11, 2011

Tim Polding, Head of Commercial Department at Liverpool-based legal firm, Lees Lloyd Whitley, offers an overview of the Companies Act for Bytestart readers – and what to look out for.

Companies Act 2006 and Directors Duties

October 11, 2011

This overview of the Companies Act 2006 and Directors Duties was first published in 2006, prior to the introduction of the Companies Act 2006.

Shareholder Rights: Unfair Prejudice

October 11, 2011

Susanna Heley, Solicitor of Sykes Anderson LLP’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department discusses the rights of shareholders and the operation of section 459 Companies Act 1985.

How to comply with the Data Protection Act

October 11, 2011

Not only is compliance with the DPA a legal requirement, there are good business reasons for doing so – for example, using out of date or bad data could result in customer complaints. Also, using bad data costs money and time.

Data Protection and the Data Protection Act – An Overview

October 11, 2011

The Data Protection Act (1998) was drafted to ensure the privacy of personal information stored electronically on computers nationwide. The Act aims to “promote high standards in the handling of personal information, and so to protect the individual’s right to privacy”.

Companies Act 2006 and private companies

August 21, 2011

The Companies Bill, formerly called Company Law Reform Bill, received Royal Assent on the 8th November 2006. The Companies Act 2006 (‘the Act’) consists of 1300 sections and is the single largest piece of legislation ever made.

Are your ready for The Bribery Act?

May 19, 2011

By now you’ll have already heard a bit about the Bribery Act but you’re probably wondering what it really means for your business. In this article, Helen Besant-Roberts, business services partner at accountancy firm, Hurst provides some background to the Act, and what what you need to be aware of when conducting business.

What is The Bribery Act 2010?

April 12, 2011

The Bribery Act 2010, which comes into force on 1st July 2011, puts the onus on businesses to ensure that they have adequate procedures in place to stop its representatives from bribing another person on behalf of the business.

Seven leasehold property pitfalls for commercial tenants

July 8, 2009

Companies can often be faced with a nasty shock and a big bill when moving out of leasehold premises. In this article, we explore some common and costly mistakes often made by ill-informed commercial tenants.

What if someone copies your website content?

June 26, 2009

A leading web host says that 10% of businesses who responded to a recent survey had been the target of content theft over the past 12 months. What should you do if your website content has been stolen by a third party?

Make sure your business is using ‘legal’ fonts & typefaces

June 23, 2009

In today’s competitive business world, one of the best ways to increase awareness of your company is through an instantly recognisable logo.

Corporate Manslaughter Act – Do small businesses understand it?

September 4, 2008

This article on the Corporate Manslaughter Act was written exclusively for Bytestart by Ian Lower, Group Information Technology Director for BSI, Europe’s leading specialist business accommodation provider.

The Corporate Manslaughter Act and your businesses

June 20, 2008

If you’re in business, the Corporate Manslaughter Act should be on your radar, even if you work in what you think is a fairly low-risk industry.

How to deal with share sale disputes

June 10, 2005

Ben Hopps solicitor in Sykes Anderson LLP’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department discusses problems that can arise when buying the shares in a company from a buyers’ perspective.