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IR35 Rules - As Clear as Mud?

IR35 Rules - As Clear as Mud?

Since their introduction in 2000, the IR35 rules have been changed on a number of occasions, most recently in 2017 and 2021. Frequent changes, flip-flopping, excessive complexity, and a lack of clarity has caused much confusion for businesses. Read on to help clear things up. Continue reading
How to Report a Data Breach

How to Report a Data Breach

Under the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, if you suffer a personal data breach, you must carry out an assessment and may need to report the breach to the ICO. Find out more about the circumstances, how to report breaches, and the possible consequences. Continue reading

Top Legal Tips for Startup Businesses

When starting out in business there are many decisions to be made, some of which can have a significant impact on the success of the new venture. Legal issues are particularly important, and entrepreneurs should spend some time considering this aspect. In this post, we will examine some of the legal decisions facing new business ... Continue reading

Working from Home & IP: Who Owns What?

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, thousands left their workplaces behind and began working from home. Over the past 18 months or so, working from home has not only become commonplace but now, as employees return to their normal places of work, it has become the preference for many. Working from home has made the long-elusive wor ... Continue reading

The IR35 Rules Have Changed Again - Should You be Worried?

Changes to the IR35 rules came into effect on 6 April 2021. This has caused quite a commotion but why, and should you be concerned? In this post, we will explore the latest changes and their impact.Media coverage of the impact of the changesMuch of the media coverage over the past months about the IR35 rules has concentrated on ... Continue reading

The GDPR Two Years On

After a long build-up, a great deal of commentary, fear, and anticipation, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or “GDPR” came into effect on 25 May 2018. At the time, a great deal of attention was focused on the wider scope of the GDPR and, in particular, how “personal data” was defined. Individuals or “data subjects” ha ... Continue reading

SME Tips for Weathering the Coronavirus Storm

IntroductionThe outbreak of COVID-19 and the ensuing pandemic is unprecedented in recent times and its economic impact is similarly unheard of. The Office for Budget Responsibility recently warned that the pandemic could lead to the UK economy shrinking by 35% by June 2020.For many businesses of all shapes and sizes, in a variet ... Continue reading

Working from Home with Children

IntroductionWorking from home is the new normal for thousands of people in many sectors and industries. The laptop on the dining table is the new workstation on the desk; Zoom is the new conference room; and the kids are the new colleagues.For some, this will be a delightful change, and indeed there are many who thrive on the fl ... Continue reading

Coronavirus, Commercial Contracts, and Force Majeure

As cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continue to increase, having now reached pandemic status, as defined by the World Health Organization, many businesses are feeling the impact. This is perhaps most keenly felt where employees are concerned, either with staff taking sick leave, or with the need to increase home-work ... Continue reading

Law Commission Report on the Electronic Execution of Documents

Following our blog back in September 2018 on the Law Commission Consultation (available here), the Law Commission has now issued its report on the electronic execution of documents.The report confirms that current laws permit electronic signatures, but that the law is not very accessible to non-lawyers and businesses. The aim of ... Continue reading

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