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Whistleblower or Tattletale – Is there a difference?

2020 has become know as the ‘year of the whistleblower’ in certain business circles. During the pandemic we have seen a huge increase in whistleblowing matters. Not really surprising given the rise in issues concerning mental health, health & safety and employment matters generally. So what exactly is whistleblowing? Whistleblowing is one of the claims …

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Til Death Do Us Part – Shares and Succession/Estate Planning

As an owner of shares in a private limited company (especially owner-managed companies), are you one of the many who believe that your shares pass automatically under the terms of your will?  If so, read on.  Here we look briefly at how Shareholder Agreements and Articles of Association can affect what happens to shares after …

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Aldi wins Cuthbert and Colin Caterpillar Cake Contest as legal battle pupates

In the court of marketing, Aldi’s #FreeCuthbert tweets have won hands down against “Marks and Snitches’” IP claims (as Aldi referred to the great M&S). The IP battle relates to the similarities (or not) between the two caterpillar cakes. Go to Aldi and you’ll see many cleverly familiar products. Lurpak? No, it is Norpak?! When Aldi …

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Small Business Commissioner (SBC) appointed – a matter for all sizes of businesses

On 2 October 2017 Paul Uppal was appointed the first SBC with a remit to provide general advice and information to small businesses and to consider complaints from small businesses about the supply of goods and services to larger businesses. The SBC’s main aim is to reduce disputes about late payments by large businesses to …

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Brexit, GDPR and Contract management

Both Brexit and the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 mean that businesses are reviewing contracts now. For Brexit, jurisdiction clauses will need reviewing and references to the EU within contracts needs to be redefined. One risk of Brexit is the possibility of multi-jurisdictional claims and the non-applicability of the …

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