Legal Briefings

Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulation

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Who, what, when? Honda and Flybe are some of the most recent culprits to be hit with significant fines from the ICO for breach of the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulation (“PECR”). ...

Removing defamatory posts on social media

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In today’s world, social media and blogs are widely used to communicate facts, opinions and opinions masquerading as facts. However, when people post content that is defamatory, it can be hard to get it removed. This post explains how. ...

Autumn Statement: startups & the Northern Powerhouse

Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has just delivered the Autumn Statement. The statement is by and large good news for the startup sector and excellent news for the Northern Powerhouse. ...

Fintech startups and passporting rights post Brexit

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There has been a lot of concern amongst fintech startups in respect of whether they will be able to access European markets under their existing UK regulatory permits. This article looks at the potential models for Brexit and what the status of financial services would be in each. ...

The model of Brexit

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The Prime Minister has declared that “Brexit means Brexit” and has promised that Article 50 Treaty on European Union will be triggered by the end of March 2017. This should mean that the UK will cease to be a member of the European Union by the spring of 2019. But what will the relationship of the UK with the EU actually look ...

What is next for the Northern Powerhouse?

The oft-mentioned “Northern Powerhouse” was a key plank of George Osborne’s economic plans for the North. However, there are signs that the current administration may be less keen on the concept and that it may be diluted or dropped entirely. This briefing looks at what is in store for the Northern Powerhouse over the next few years...

Brexit for startups

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The U.K. has voted to leave the European Union (so called “Brexit”). This is likely to have a significant effect on the economy, policy and politics. This note addresses the impact on startups in the near term. ...

Changes to entrepreneurs relief

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In the Budget 2016, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced changes to taxes relevant to startups and investors in them. This note summarises the key changes announced to capital gains tax (entrepreneurs relief), corporation tax and employee shareholder status. ...

NEW – PSC Register

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From April 2016 all UK companies will be required by law to maintain a register of persons with significant control over the company. This is called the “PSC Register”. From June 2016 an additional return will have to be made at Companies House disclosing the contents of the PSC Register. ...

Company structures for startups

The current economic climate in the UK has been referred to as a “Golden Age” for startups. It is anticipated that more than 600,000 new businesses will be launched in 2015. Getting the right company structure is of huge importance to ensure that the new business is structured for growth, investment and tax efficiency. ...

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