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The Benefits of Flexible Working for Women

I am one of those annoying people who are genuinely energised by work. I love being able to use my technical expertise to support growth, minimise risk and deliver value to customers and clients. Having done a quick survey, all my friends & family are convinced I’d still work after winning the lottery jackpot because I enjoy it so much. And that’s true, in part. I do want to use…

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Hybrid and Working Mothers

March 8th is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating at Hybrid Legal. At Hybrid, we are very proud of the percentage of women we have working for us; moreover, the amount of our Associates that are working mothers. Our business model is centred around working with a range of self-employed individuals, 60% of whom are working mothers who wish to continue their careers whilst…

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Working and Caring...

I’ve been my husband’s primary carer since the day we got married, combining studies and a demanding job at a top London law firm at the time. The combination of a long commute, and the various demands on my time would prove toxic to my health, and eventually I was made redundant. Frankly, I jumped at the opportunity to find work closer to home.But even with work closer to home,…

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Why a shareholders agreement is vital

The early stages of setting up a company can be an exciting yet challenging time. There are so many tasks to be carried out and, as such, dealing with legal matters can sometimes slip to the bottom of the pile to be dealt with at a later date. However, it is extremely important during these early stages where everything is positive and everybody is focused and getting along so…

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How can you protect a really descriptive name?

Did you know that in order to legally protect a name, word, slogan, logo or other trade mark you need to register it? As a business owner, you may have a trade mark that you’d love to register to stop others using it, but if it’s too descriptive of your goods or services, it will be difficult to register under UK and EU trade mark law. Interestingly, when you look at products you…

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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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