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News Category: Corporate and commercial

  • 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

  • 29 April 2015

    Company names: Do you know who you are contracting with?

    Identifying the party you are contracting with is crucial when entering into any contract. You will need to have identified the contracting party when risk assessing the relationship, particularly if you are considering extending credit to that party. Further, if that party fails to deliver under a contract you need to know who you can take enforcement action against. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    Steeles Law to co-host Tech Industry Breakfasts with ip21

    The commercial team at Steeles is looking forward to co-hosting two Tech Industry Breakfasts, together with specialist intellectual property company ip21. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    New rights to use copyright works

    Copyright protects original literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other works such as software. Copyright comes into existence on the creation of a work with no requirement for registration or other process by the author. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    Corporate update – Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act (“Act”)

    The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill received royal assent on 26 March 2015. Read more

  • 29 April 2015

    Look before you leap: Preparing your company for market

    Getting a business to market is not only a matter of finding the right buyer at the right time, but also of getting the right price. Read more

  • 27 January 2015

    Corporate update 2015 – Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

    As promised in our last article, we have been tracking the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill's ("the Bill") progress and can now report that the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has published a provisional implementation plan dealing with the company provisions of the Bill. The key dates are as follows: Read more

  • 27 January 2015

    Competition Law: Can I stop my goods from being resold on websites such as Amazon or eBay?

    In very limited circumstances you may be able to require resellers' websites to meet certain quality criteria to preserve a brand image. Restrictions which act a minimum resale price are unlikely to be upheld. Read more

  • 30 July 2014

    Corporate update – Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

    The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (“the Bill”) continues its steady march through the parliamentary process; the recent second reading of the Bill saw it committed to a Public Bill Committee for a detailed review. Those people who have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Bill now have their opportunity to have their say. The Committee will report back to the House of Commons by 6 November 2014. Read more