On Tuesday 3 September, Bermans sponsored the latest Blockchain Manchester Meetup, hosted by our friends at BlockRocket.
Our Head of Corporate, Jon Davage, was there to give the audience a brief introduction to the services Bermans offers to entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Also present was Rob Eakins from our Commercial and IP team, who has been a regular attendee at these blockchain meetups.
There are various ways in which a business can protect its business interests whether that is profit or cashflow. Many will look first at the internal workings of the business to make savings and some may never look at their other options with external parties. Having in place contractual provisions which assist you in that regard are often overlooked. The aim of this article is to provide some ideas on how a business can protect itself in these uncertain times.
As Brexit draws near, the question of how it will affect business and the need to know your contractual rights is ever more important.
Some questions you may ask yourself:
- What happens if the borders are clogged up and I cannot deliver or receive goods
- Who will be liable for tariffs in the event of a hard Brexit
- Should I look at amending existing contracts or terminating contracts with a view to issuing new contracts
- Will you have to register with a UK authority in place of an EU one?
Stephen Jarman, partner, has been appointed as non-executive director of Acuity Private Fund.
What is a partnership?
Put simply, a partnership is the coming together of two or more parties with a view to making a profit. Partnership is used for various purposes. It is common amongst the professions such as law firms, accountancy and medical practices. It can however be as simple as two or more people holding a property for letting purposes, and sharing the proceeds of the income of the property.
You should all by now be into the final stages of implementing plans for the impending new legislation on GDPR which comes into effect on Friday 25th May 2018.
There has been much written in the media and we are sure you will have been bombarded with information from various providers seeking to offer solutions.
The first thing to remember in all of this is the fundamentals have not really changed. The regulations are a consolidation and update of existing laws. There are some rights which are now requirements but the main difference is that firms need to demonstrate that they are taking steps to protect personal client, employee and supplier data that will avoid the now punitive fines that The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can levy.
Suppliers will often not consider on what basis they are contracting for the supply of goods or services. This may be as they feel they can deliver on the contract and so there is no risk. Often, the issue for many is that they do not foresee a potential liability arising. Others may believe that they are contracting on their standard terms of business, though often these are not brought to the attention of the customer, either at the point of contracting, or at all. This note examines the potential issues facing a supplier through lack of a suitable contract.
The current legislation in relation to data protection in England and Wales is the Data Protection Act 1998 which was derived from the European wide Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC). The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to come into force in May 2018. Whilst many of the provisions are already covered by the Data Protection Act, there are important new provisions of which businesses need to be aware.
Businesses selling on line should now be used to EU derived regulation applicable to on line sales. In the latest major change to the legal requirements for businesses selling on line since the introduction in 2014 of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, the European Commission’s On-line Dispute Resolution (ODR) site goes live to on-line consumers from 15th February 2016.