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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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Meditation or mediation..

Yoga and meditation classes are a great way to stimulate the mind and body no matter what business you’re in. Sometimes, however, contentious issues we encounter do their best to disrupt our Zen and throw us off course. Besides taking a deep breath in before beginning to deal with disputes, considering forms of alternative dispute resolution should be a next step. There are various…

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Remember, remember the 25th May 2018...

Remember, remember the 25 May 2018, does not quite have the same distinctive ring to it as the rhyme that marks fireworks night and the infamous gunpowder plot. Nevertheless, the 25 May 2018 should be in every business calendar and labelled with high importance since it marks the day when the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the UK. With the GDPR…

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