Transparency and Overseas Entities

Whilst there has been much media coverage of Brexit and the political wrangling over its negotiation, businesses both inside and outside the UK are having to seriously plan and consider their options for the future. Businesses based in the UK are seeking to retain access to European markets, whether by establishing branches in EU countries […]

Directors vs Shareholders

Disputes can arise in a company for many reasons, such as: the direction and development of the company; poor personal relationships; conflicts of interest (when one director has interests in another business); the terms of a directors’ service contract; or, concern over whether the board is meeting its legal responsibilities. The resolution of these disputes […]

Injunctions

What is an injunction? An injunction is a court order that prohibits a company or person from doing something (‘prohibitory injunction’) or orders that a particular act is done (‘mandatory injunction’). A party that breaches an injunction can be held in contempt of court, which can result in imprisonment.   When can you obtain an […]

What are trademarks?

Trademarks are a means for one party to distinguish its product or services from another. They can take many forms including names, words, signs, colours, slogans, logos or shapes. Trademarks are registered for specific goods or services within individual subjects, known as classes. When you register your trademark, you will be able to: sell and […]

Non-disclosure Agreements – What are they and why are they in the news?

What are they? Non-disclosure agreements (‘NDAs’) or ‘confidentiality agreements’ are used where either one or more parties are disclosing confidential information to another for general commercial purposes. In a mutual NDA, the rights and obligations of both parties are mutual in an attempt to create a balanced view. The main purpose of NDA’s in commercial […]

Confidentiality

Many businesses are founded on important information or knowledge that forms the most valuable asset of the business. Such information can be a list of business contacts or customers or a secret recipe, such as Coca-Cola’s Coke recipe or KFC’s fried chicken batter, which are considered ‘trade secrets’.  Confidentiality can apply to all aspects of […]

Offering food and drink to customers

One of the ways that shop-owners are fighting back against online retailers is by offering complementary food and drink to their customers.  But what are the legal and regulatory implications of doing this? Whilst you may think the answer is ‘none’, there are a number of different matters to consider and a lot depends on […]