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Are you being challenged?

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

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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My Business is Better than your Business!

“Look how much better my product is than all the others on the market. It’s the best out there, it’s the cheapest, the best quality, so don’t even consider going to Joe Bloggs Ltd.” There are various statements about your business’ products or services you may wish to promote until the cows come home, but what statements are you legally allowed to make in your advertising?…

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Bamboozled by Google?

Having grown up in an era of no mobile phones or internet, learning to navigate the world of social media and online marketing isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do for someone like me who remembers having only three channels on TV. On joining Hybrid Legal in January, I was tasked with developing our online presence by promoting our website and social media pages.…

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I'm using your name - what are you going to do about it...?

You could phone me and ask me to stop using it. You could send me an email. You could even send me a letter. But what will really give your call, email or letter some teeth? What will make me sit up in my chair and take notice of your perfectly reasonable request for me to stop using your name without permission? After all, it’s your name. You chose it, you’ve…

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Raising a glass in thanks!

Hybrid Legal held a special thank-you event for our clients in May. As part of our growth, we have appointed a fifth member of staff, Jon Craddock. He joins as client partner, providing outsourced legal support to recruitment companies and firms from other sectors. Jon was introduced to our clients at the informal gathering at the Dancing Man Brewery at the medieval Wool House at…

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​BT, Sky and other Internet Service Providers ordered to block illegal streaming of Premiership football matches

The High Court very recently handed down its decision in a case between the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) and six of the UK’s main Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), including Sky, BT, Talk-Talk, Virgin Media amongst others. The case highlights the increasingly flexible methods of enforcing intellectual property rights which the Courts are prepared to consider and,…

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Domain Names, Google AdSense and Trade Mark Infringement: The Argos Battle

Typing a website address into your internet explorer would not necessarily have you thinking about Intellectual Property (IP) straight away, but the recent High Court decision in the case of Argos v Argos is a good reminder to take good care of your IP in domain names. Taking the Argos name in vein: protecting IP in your domain In the blue corner we had Argos Limited (Argos),…

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​Tesco’s set to take over the wholesaler market

Renowned for its ‘every little helps’ slogan, Tesco has recently announced that it will be forking out a lot to take over wholesalers, Booker. The deal is estimated to be worth some £3.7 billion and is set to strengthen Tesco’s position in the food market. Booker is the largest cash and carry operator in the UK and supplies a pretty significant amount of caterers in the UK, along…

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Developments from the Tech Sector: Rights for Robots are no longer Light Years away...

Over the past decade technology has advanced at a staggering pace. Memories of playing snake on a Nokia 3210 seem like a lifetime ago as the invention of smartphones and new apps have opened the floodgates to do much more at the mere touch of a button. Technology has progressed so far now that even Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’) is making strides from Science-Fiction towards actual…

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