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How will a no-deal Brexit affect your domain name?

Amongst the array of uncertainties resulting from the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, have you stopped to consider how your domain name may be affected? If you’re one of the 273,000 people that hold an .eu domain name, you need to know how Brexit affects this. Domain name holders must check if they fulfil the eligibility criteria to keep their .eu domain. Eligibility includes…

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Watching your credibility sail away...

Not many things in business are as important as having a strong set of terms and conditions. It builds credibility and establishes your business as a professional entity that takes trading seriously. But most importantly, it adds protection for you as a business in your dealings with clients. So why is it that so many businesses, especially SMEs, choose to operate a business without…

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Let's take 5 to reflect...

As 2018 begins to draw to a close, the Hybrid Legal team have been reflecting on the key themes we have seen when working with our clients this year. And seeing as we celebrate our 5th Birthday, there are 5 of them. 1. The Merry Month of May The EU General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, became law on the 25th May and introduced stricter data protection requirements and…

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KitKat Just Can’t Catch A Break

After 16 years of struggle, it has been decided that Nestlé is unlikely to be able to trade mark KitKat’s self-claimed distinctive shape. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that in order for a shape to be distinctive in character, it must be proven across all member state markets. Nestlé began its movement for the trade marking of KitKat in 2002 and successfully applied in…

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GDPR - Two Months On, Are You Compliant?

Almost two months on since the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and three weeks on from Hybrid’s GDPR breakfast briefing, all the new information and changes required may seem overwhelming for small businesses to understand how they need to comply with the GDPR. This article aims to simply explain some of the key changes to data protection legislation…

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"Disruptive innovation can hurt,...

..if you are not the one doing the disrupting”* I recently went to a busy legal policy forum in London. The topic for discussion was ‘Innovation in the legal services market’ and the role of regulation in this. Effective regulation is so important to ensure high standards, accountability and a right of recourse for customers. But it also needs to evolve to remain…

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Once Upon a Data Breach

Once Upon a Data Breach Once upon a time in a land not so far away, a very normal princess snoozed her alarm for the forty hundredth time that morning and scrolled aimlessly through her phone in her palatial bed; summoning the energy to face the daily grind of princessy business.She accepted a couple of friend requests on FaceParchment from courtiers she vaguely remembered…

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Legislation Changes Your Business Needs to Know About in 2018

Legislation Implementation Date Occupational pensions revaluation rate amended The Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 2017 comes into force on 1 January 2018 and specifies the revaluation percentages for the purpose of the revaluation of benefits under occupational pension schemes on and after this date. 1 January 2018…

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The Layman's Guide to GDPR

Don’t Panic. You’ve heard about it in the news and your inbox is brimming with invitations to webinars on the dreaded acronym, but when it comes to the nitty gritty, what precisely is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what are the essentials your business needs to know about? The GDPR comes into force on the 25 May 2018 and your business needs to…

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New Year New Business

2017 has all but come to a close which means it’s time to bust out your best notepad and pen and start drafting those New Year resolutions. If the recent series of The Apprentice on the BBC has inspired you, perhaps 2018 is the right time to bring your entrepreneurial ideas to life? If that’s a yes, then it’s time to think about how to make your business plans a reality. So where…

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