Businesses

London Blockchain Week – What's new in 2019?

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Last month we saw Blockchain Week return to London. The 2018 edition had been dominated by much media fanfare given the surging value of cryptocurrencies and flood of ICO (Initial Coin Offering) fundraising and investing. It is fair to say that a lot has changed in the last 12 months. More …

Digital content in the consumer world

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Our expert takes a look at the Consumer Rights Act 2015, however, there are a number of pieces of legislation and regulations that need to be examined to achieve the full picture of consumer. Read our overview. More …

Good Service is more than just Good Business

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In a recent unreported case in the County Court at Central London (Sajid v Nuur, 30 July 2018), a Claimant (Landlord) had brought a claim against a Defendant (a former Tenant) and attempted to serve the claim at an address which the Claimant knew the Defendant had left some two years before. It could be fair to say the Landlord should well have known – as it was his own property! More …

ICOs – Is Jersey's new regulatory regime the right one?

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In July 2018, the Jersey Financial Services Commission became the first regulator in a highly regarded legal jurisdiction to issue detailed guidance on the launch of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). The move has been celebrated by local legal commentators as balancing the interests of emerging fintech and cryptocurrency businesses with the requirements of good governance and regulation. More …

The Data Protection Act 2018, the GDPR and non EU Businesses – Beware the long arm of UK and EU law

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On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the EU. Many businesses and their advisers outside the UK and the EU will be familiar with it. For the GDPR applies not just to businesses established in the EU – where there is a broad concept of an establishment under EU law which extends beyond a subsidiary to include branches and even sales agents of offshore businesses. More …

CVAs – Landlords strike back?

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2018 has been the year of the CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) in the retail and casual dining sectors. With difficult market conditions and falling consumer demand, a number of high street chains have struggled to continue to meet their liabilities. More …

GDPR, what next?

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After the frenzy, the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act 2018 apply from today, but as Blake Morgan explains, those in charge of compliance won't be breathing a sigh of relief just yet… More …

Avoid the pitfalls of removing the boss

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Removing senior directors goes against the grain in business. Extracting the leader certainly deviates from the norm but can be performed as and when necessary. However, there are many pitfalls that would need to be avoided should this sensitive and intricate issue arise. More …

UK's Intellectual Property Office confirms increase in UK patent fees

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After consulting on changes to patent fees last year, the UK's Intellectual Property Office ('the IPO') has now confirmed that UK patent fees will increase as of 6 April 2018. More …

Transparency in supply chains statements will have a big impact

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The Modern Slavery Act has come under a lot of criticism from campaign groups, NGOs and human rights lawyers. Mostly rightly so. More …