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Monkey Business in the Courtroom

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Sep 15, 2017

When a curious macaque monkey picked up a camera on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2011 and decided to snap a couple of selfies, she was blissfully ignorant that her cheeky actions would lead to a lengthy legal battle relating to intellectual property.The camera that captured the photogenic primate belonged to British nature photographer David Slater. In 2014, a row ensued…

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FACT: You and Neymar have a lot in common.

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Sep 04, 2017

What does combining £200 million, one disgruntled worker and an overzealous new financial backer get you? Simply, a terminated contract. So how does this make you and Neymar similar? I am sure there are many people out there that would love for a huge financial backer to come in and get them out of a commercial contract with onerous terms, much like with Neymar’s situation at Barcelona,…

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My First Week at Work

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Aug 30, 2017

Well, I made it through my first week of work experience at Hybrid Legal.Before starting the week, I was quite apprehensive as to how I would fit in with the team and how I would be able to build my knowledge on this area of law, and hoped that I wouldn't be following them around like a sheep. Thankfully the team made me feel extremely welcome and each of them allowed me to experience…

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Law Firms are like Cacti

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Aug 14, 2017

I was given a cactus yesterday. Now this is wonderful for a number of reasons. 1. Cacti remarkably tend to survive my very average horticultural abilities. 2. Cacti are a particularly funky fauna and very on trend. 3. My spiky companion gave me inspiration for this blog post. Law firms are very much like cacti. Let me explain. We all know that Aloe vera are grand…

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Anti-Money Laundering (AML): What Your Company Needs to Know

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Aug 07, 2017

Businesses that operate in the Financial Services Industry are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and so will (or should) have robust AML procedures in place. But what if you are not in the business of Finance…what do you need to know? Money Laundering in a Nutshell Money laundering is the process by which criminals convert the proceeds of illegal activities…

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Capitalisation in Contracts: Does it matter?

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Aug 01, 2017

Defined terms are a regular occurrence in day-to-day contracts and at first glance act as an aid for lawyers and contractual parties alike. However, in the recent case between GB Building Solutions Limited (GB) and SFS Fire Services Limited (t/a Central Fire Protection) (SFS), it was evidenced that an inconsistent use of these key terms may result in a serious discrepancy of interpretation…

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A Quick Guide to Registered and Unregistered Trademarks in the UK

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Aug 01, 2017

This is a popular question that we’re often asked so we hope the below answers your question! If you’ve read to the end of the article and it still doesn’t, please contact us. A quick overview of registered trade marks in the UK… A registered trade mark provides the owner with the legal exclusivity to the particular name, logo, slogan, shape, sign or sound clip…

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The Supreme Court has ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful

Posted by: on Jul 27, 2017

Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful because of their effects on access to justice. 86,130 cases were brought to a tribunal in 2015/16. A total of £11.6m was paid in fees for a tribunal in 2016/17. Previous claimants will be refunded £32m in fees. Employees had to pay from £390 - £1,200 to get a hearing. Appeals of tribunals started at £1,600. The Supreme Court said it was a 'constitutional…

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Are you being challenged?

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Jul 21, 2017

Throughout my career in the legal industry I have been lucky enough to experience a wide variety of work, which has benefitted me greatly. From working within top law firms in Southampton to acting as an in-house legal advisor within the recruitment industry before eventually coming back into the legal sector with Hybrid, everything I have done to this point has shaped my abilities…

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The Very Different World of SMEs

Posted by: Hybrid Legal on Jul 19, 2017

In October, it will be two years since I left the FTSE 100 where I had worked for 15 years latterly as a Sales Director. The companies I was selling to were also large corporates – typically FTSE 350 or equivalent.At Hybrid Legal we specialise in helping SMEs protect and grow their businesses. So, I spend a lot of time talking to business owners. I enjoy this aspect of my job –…

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