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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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Monkey Business in the Courtroom

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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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