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  1. empty pub redevelop for commercial use
    Redeveloping an empty pub for commercial use – by Darren Heard of WBW Solicitors

    Pubs are closing all too often nowadays and while this is a sad sight, it means there may be opportunities to find a new use for one as a commercial development project.  If an empty pub is well-located, it could make an ideal setting for a new business, such as a care home, convenience store,…

  2. commercial agents
    Commercial agents – what are the risks? – by Laura Clarke of WBW Solicitors

    Appointing a commercial agent is one way of entering a market for your business, and it can be a good way to test the water in a foreign country without the commitment of employing somebody. In broad terms, an agency relationship is one which allows another person to do something on your behalf, or on…

  3. Partnership Structure
    Choosing a partnership structure – by Laura Clarke of WBW Solicitors

    You and your business partner may have a fantastic business idea and wish to launch your business as soon as possible, but before you do so it is vital that you give adequate thought to what type of partnership will best suit your needs. Alternatively, you may have been in business for some time and…

  4. Facebook Joint Data Controllers
    Website Operators could be Joint Data Controllers with Facebook… and not even know it! – by Jo O’Donovan of WBW Solicitors

    A Judgment was handed down from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) this week on the 29 July regarding who has responsibility for processing personal data when a website operator has the Facebook ‘like’ button embedded on their website. This was a case between Fashion ID GmbH & Co. KG (Fashion ID) and Facebook Ireland….

  5. NDA
    The value of a non-disclosure agreement – by Laura Clarke of WBW Solicitors

    In the last few months, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have generated a significant amount of negative press coverage as notable individuals and organisations have utilised them to conceal certain questionable behaviour. While the media focus has been on their use in cases of sexual harassment and bullying, non-disclosure agreements can be very valuable in a variety…

  6. Cookie Policy
    Cookie Policies… what’s the score? – by Jo O’Donovan of WBW Solicitors

    Nearly everyone is aware of the need for privacy notices on websites and the increasing importance of ensuring that individuals data when taken is protected, but there is generally confusion over what is required regarding cookies. What is a cookie? A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are stored on your…

  7. business commercial contract
    Best or reasonable endeavours? What a difference a word makes – by Laura Clarke of WBW Solicitors

    Once signed, a contract represents a formal record of the agreement made between you and your customer. The obligations under that agreement are often absolute, with any failure to satisfy them will be considered a breach of contract which could result in a dispute, and considerable expense. With this in mind, there may well be…

  8. GDPR, where did the time go? – Jo O’Donovan of WBW Solicitors

    It has now been one year since the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) hit the UK so as the Information Commissioner herself writes a blog about the last year (which can be found here) here is our review of where we are to date. Whilst a year ago many businesses were in panic stations, the…

  9. World Intellectual Property Day – A simple guide to IP – by Jo O’Donovan of WBW Solicitors

    Today is World Intellectual Property Day and the perfect time to take stock and review the IP you hold in your business… and whether you need to protect it. Businesses work incredibly hard to build their own brand, and lack of information on what is automatically protected or what can be protected can sometimes lead…

  10. Merging with another privately-owned company – By Laura Clarke at WBW Solicitors

    A merger occurs when two companies, which are often about the same size, agree to join together to form a new entity. Mergers are friendly, whereas acquisitions tend to be more hostile and occur when a target company realizes that they have no option but to ensure their survival by being bought by the other…

  11. DEADLINE DATE IS GONE… But not forgotten

    The 25th May 2018 has been and gone… we are still here… businesses haven’t fallen to the ground and the ICO hasn’t fined every organisation that was not compliant in time… But the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is not over, it is an ongoing process which businesses will need to ensure is incorporated into…