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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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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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