Brand protection and your business

If your brand is left unprotected, there is a serious risk to your business. We set out below how registering a trade mark can yield sizeable commercial benefits whilst simultaneously mitigating risk.

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Courts hit high and hard with new health
and safety fines

One year after the introduction of tough new health and safety sentencing guidelines, a series of high profile cases show that courts are not holding back when it comes to imposing the higher fines, which can be directly linked to a corporate defendant’s turnover.

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Inheritance tax changes 2017
The devilish details

When Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) in last summer’s Budget speech, the move had been much anticipated. But rather than simply raising the tax-free threshold for everyone, he announced a new allowance specifically for those who own their home and want to leave it to their children.

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Complex challenges for employers
in the year ahead

Constant changes and increasing complexity have helped make employment law a frontline challenge for business and this year looks set to continue the trend.

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Getting to work amidst travel chaos
and disruption

There are several reasons why employees may have trouble getting to work because of major disruptions. The common cause recently is the ASLEF and RMT strikes affecting Southern and Gatwick Express train services, with the next bout of strikes planned for 24, 25 and 27 January. On Monday, tube strikes also affected commuters having a massive impact on businesses in London. And with today’s weather both ice and snow are affecting the roads and public transport around the country. The question is what can employers do?

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Getting rocky relationships through tinsel-time

The family-focus of Christmas is often followed in January with news of unhappy couples who decide to call it quits, leading to so-called Divorce Day, as family lawyers receive a surge of enquiries when they re-open after the break.

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