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News Category: Contracts

  • 4 May 2016

    Are your PSC registers in place yet?

    The legal requirement for companies to keep a register of persons of significant control (PSCs) came into force on 6 April 2016. All companies and LLPs should now have a register in place and be taking reasonable steps to identify any "persons of significant control" (PSCs). Read more

  • 29 January 2016

    Turning Intellectual Property Into Cash

    There are two main ways in which intellectual property (IP) can be used to generate an income; licensing and assigning. Read more

  • 29 January 2016

    Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDAs”) – can you keep a secret?

    NDAs (also referred to as confidentiality agreements) are a crucial tool when seeking to protect your designs, inventions or ideas. The ultimate form of protection is of course not to divulge the information in the first place, however you will eventually reach the stage where this strategy becomes impractical; particularly if you are undertaking a joint venture or looking for a manufacturer or business partner. Read more

  • 28 October 2015

    Considerations when setting up your own business

    Setting up your own business can be a daunting task, spending some time considering the following points at the outset can help save time and stress in the long run. Read more

  • 18 September 2015

    The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) comes into force on 1 October 2015 – are you ready?

    One of the key aims of the CRA is to consolidate consumer legislation into one piece of legislation. The CRA pulls together various provisions from over eight different pieces of legislation, which governed consumer rights pre-October 2015. The CRA also updates consumer rights to reflect the both the ongoing growth in e-commerce and the more recent growth in the digital content market. Read more

  • 23 July 2015

    Overstaying Your Welcome: Penalty Clauses and Liquidated Damages

    Chelmsford chip-shop owner Barry Beavis is, at the time of writing, pursuing his appeal to the Supreme Court in the final chapter of the saga ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis. Read more

  • 20 July 2015

    Corporate update – Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act – implementation date

    The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act ("the Act") received royal assent on 26 March 2015. Read more

  • 20 July 2015

    Companies House: New website provides more free information than ever before

    Some readers may have already have noted this but the new Companies House website - https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk - (although still currently in BETA form) allows users to access company information for free. This includes access to annual returns and annual accounts, which were previously charged at £1 per item. Read more

  • 20 July 2015

    Consumer Disputes: New Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) requirements

    If you are a business selling goods, services or digital content to consumers, you are likely already aware that there are major changes on the horizon. This is due, in part, to the Consumer Rights Act ("the Act"), which will be coming into force in October 2015.  The Act is an attempt to consolidate and build on the myriad of existing consumer focused legislation. Read more

  • 18 May 2015

    Using confidential information in a new job

    The law provides protection for a business’ confidential information. This protection is often strengthened through formal confidentiality provisions in contracts or specific non-disclosure agreements. However, there can often be considerable uncertainty as to whether knowledge that an employee develops is confidential information protected in law, or whether it is the employee's own knowledge that he is free to exploit elsewhere after his employment. Read more