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FAQs: EMI Share Option Schemes

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EMI schemes can be complex, and our clients understandably have many questions about them. In this advice piece, we answer your FAQS, and also provide a glossary for the common terms you might come across when researching EMI share options. ...

Terminating Commercial Contracts

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Commercial contracts are of course designed to protect a company's interests. But when one party needs or wants to terminate a commercial contract, how do you ensure a safe exit for both parties? ...

The Hidden Legal Dangers of Joint Ventures Going Sour

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Joint ventures can be a great way to pool resources, talent and knowledge into a business - not to mention spreading the risk. But what kinds of joint venture disputes are likely to arise, and how can you resolve them? ...

News: Business Growth Show

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We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at the Business Growth Show next week. The show is celebrating it's 10th year and invites businesses from all backgrounds to find new and inventive ways to help their business grow. ...

Headscarf Ruling: European Court Rules That Headscarves Can Be Banned At Work

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that in certain circumstances, employers can ban workers from the "visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign", including headscarves. ...

News: Venturefest East Midlands

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We're delighted to announce that we'll be exhibiting at Venturefest East Midlands next week. The show is recognised as one of the most prestigious business events in the region and brings together thousands of local SMEs looking to secure investment and growth in their business. ...

Do You Know The Difference Between Contractors & Workers?

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The “gig economy” relates to independent contractors working with organisations for short-terms engagements or “gigs”. One issue that’s been in the news lately is the difference between an independent contractor and a regular worker and rights concerning holidays, pensions and the National Minimum Wage. ...

Brexit & Your Trade Marks – What To Expect

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There’s been a lot said since the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU). What businesses need to consider is still largely up for debate, but one thing that’s almost certain is that you’ll need to review your intellectual property after Brexit. ...

What Is Flexible Working?

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Flexible working is on the rise within businesses in the UK as employees look to secure roles with working hours that are tailored to their lifestyles. ...

Workers On Strike - What You Need To Know

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With workers at the Post Office, Southern Rail and the Royal Mail in the news due to strike action this week, it’s important to know what your rights are as an employer about what you can do if your staff decide to take industrial action. ...

Top 10 Most Bizarre Intellectual Property Disputes

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You'd like to think that everyone knows the difference between Iceland the supermarket and Iceland the country. If your mum says she’s “just popping to Iceland”, you expect her back within a couple of hours, and if someone says ...

Get Your Business Prepared For The GDPR

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will bring some key changes in personal data in May 2018 that business owners should be aware of. Our data protection solicitor, Lillian Tsang, discusses what you need to know ahead of the GDPR coming into effect. ...

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is commonly used as an alternative to going to court to settle a dispute. There are different types of ADR, and your choice of which method to use will depend onseveral factors. In our latest blog, Gemma Pickavant explains the general benefits of using ADR, as well as the different types of ADR available to you. ...

NEWS: Dispute Settled Successfully At The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

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Harper James’ Intellectual Property team has settled a client’s claim at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) for "a substantial sum" backed by court orders. The IPEC was recently set up as a cheaper and faster alternative to the Patents Court for SMEs who wish to raise or challenge a dispute about their intellectual property. ...

Direct Marketing & Data Protection - What You Need To Know

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Sending out promotional materials is a great way of drumming up new business. But when you’re issuing marketing messages, you need to make sure that you keep to the Data Protection Act and its principles. ...

Data Protection - What Is Personal Data?

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With more and more transactions taking place on the internet, business is on the up for traders selling their products or services online. However, this means that there's an increasing amount of personal data being collected and stored in the process. ...

Are You Ready For Auto-Enrolment?

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As the automatic enrolment staging dates for small businesses approach, Gemma Pickavant takes a look at the requirements for enrolling your jobholders on a pension scheme and the steps you need to take. ...

The Benefits Of Franchising Overseas

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Our expert franchising and brand development solicitor, Lisa Sen, explains some of the benefits of franchising internationally, as well as the things to look out for in different countries. ...

Investment Schemes - Attracting Investors To Your Business

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Nikhil Bowry takes a look at the types of investment schemes available for your business and weighs up the pros and cons for each.  If you’re the owner or director of a startup or small company, then it’s likely that you’ll be interested in attracting some investment into your business. ...

What Is A "Fair" Dismissal?

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With former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson filming for his new television show, having had his contract terminated by the BBC after the famous “punch fracas”, Gemma Pickavant looks at the grounds for fair dismissal and considers the circumstances where you can dismiss an employee for their behaviour outside of work. ...

Helping business to grow by establishing sound foundations

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At Harper James Solicitors we enjoy working with businesses that are seeking to exploit new ideas and/or defy convention, especially when associated with achieving ambitious targets. These clients may be long established or nascent, operate in traditional sectors or new growth markets or may be looking to take advantage of new ideas or developments. ...

The Price Of Conflict

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Our Client Services & Operations Manager , Clinton McKenzie, analyses the results of a recent survey which revealed that UK SMEs are experiencing a negative impact on their business due to a legal dispute... ...

How does the recent Schrems ruling on the Safe Harbor Scheme affect UK data controllers

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Recap - Safe Harbor Scheme The Safe Harbor Scheme was an agreement entered into between the EU and the US in order to streamline the process for transferring data from companies in the EU to companies in the US. This was required because The Data ...

What's in a name?

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At a time when many other law firms have moved to abbreviate their names or moved to something more modern or hip, why have we decided to buck the trend? To answer that, we should perhaps delve a little into our short but successful history. When I started ...

A Recent Case On What Happens To Assets Of A Dissolved Company

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There may be circumstances when a company is no longer needed e.g. the company may no longer be trading or the company’s assets may have been transferred leaving a company only with the cash received. In these situations, the Companies Act 2006 provides a relatively easy process where the company’s directors apply for the company to be struck off the register. ...

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (The Act)

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The Act was announced during the Queen’s Speech on 4 June 2014 and gained Royal Assent on 26 March 2015.  The table below contains a high level review of some of the more important corporate aspects of the Act together with provisional ...