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Why trademark your brand?

Emily Steed
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If you were asked why it is important to protect your brand, I’m sure you could supply an endless list of motives. However, the common misconception lies in how to do this effectively. Simply registering your business name at Companies House or...

BYOD Policies

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has highlighted the increasing use of personal devices (such as smartphones, tablets and laptops) for work purposes. The ICO suggests that businesses should update data protection policies and provide staff...

Buying a small business?

Andrew Darnton
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Many people decide to purchase a small business as a going concern, be it a pub, bed and breakfast, cafe, or something a little more unique.  You might already have a lot of experience in how to run the particular business (or, at the very least, bags...

Selling or buying a dental practice?

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Buying or selling a dental practice should be an exciting time for any dentist but all too often this excitement is overshadowed by delays in the transactional process.  While unexpected delays can arise in any deal, which are out of all parties’...

Data Protection; Get it Right

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches: Hampshire County Council was fined 100,000 for failing to implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when...

Update for Commercial Tenants

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A High Court decision provides a helpful reminder for commercial tenants of the need to fully comply with any conditions for exercising a right to break the lease. Otherwise, as in this case, the lease will continue to exist and the tenant may have lost...

Dental Update

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The dental market continues to be highly active with a mix of NHS and private practices coming on the market and generally being acquired quickly through a competitive marketplace. There is significant demand to acquire both private and NHS practices.  ...

Working time for mobile workers with no fixed workplace

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Companies wanting to exploit the current trend of moving from office-based businesses to more mobile ones will need to take a recent ECJ decision into consideration before changing their approach.  The ECJ held that the time spent by workers, who do...

Short term occupation

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Short term occupation which agreement to use? A landowner’s income from a short term agreement to occupy can often be low and without any guarantees as to how long that income will last.  They are likely therefore to want to put the...

Successful 3rd Annual Social event

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Thank you to our guests who joined our staff for our 3rd Annual Social event at Banyan Bar in York. A great event, good food and good company....

New ADR rules for traders​

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The Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 came into force in tranches from 7 April 2015. The most important changes, affecting business in general, come into force on 1 October 2015....

Social Media

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The use of social media is fast expanding in the workplace. While an employer may legitimately restrict an employee's freedom of expression at work, or in a work-related context, whether that restriction can extend to personal, out-of-work, activities...