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Steve Woolley, Head of External Affairs, CIMData protection shake-up - is your business protected?
Steve Woolley, Head of External Affairs, CIM (15-Jun-2016)
It is critical that companies know the facts, seek advice and act early to prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
David Kearns, MD, Expert InvestigationsTips to avoid IT and data fraud
David Kearns, MD, Expert Investigations (26-Jan-2016)
Businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can be affected by IT and data fraud affecting productivity and costs
Gareth Matthews, Employment Law Solicitor, MLP LawEmploying staff for the first time
Gareth Matthews, Employment Law Solicitor, MLP Law (09-Dec-2014)
Deciding to take on employees for the first time is a huge milestone for any business. So before taking the next step it is important to be fully prepared
Aisha Dickson, Solicitor, Adams and RemersNew law - online terms and conditions
Aisha Dickson, Solicitor, Adams and Remers (04-Aug-2014)
Anyone selling goods, services or digital content to consumers online must review their website terms and conditions and related sales processes immediately
Luke Burton, Manager, Business and IP Centre, NewcastleThe business implications of Intellectual Property
Luke Burton, Manager, Business and IP Centre, Newcastle (16-Jul-2014)
Intellectual Property is an issue that can affect businesses of all shapes and sizes and is as much about protecting ideas and creations as it is about patenting formulas and designs
Steve Hodgetts, Head of VAT, Baker TillyNew digital download tax rules - be prepared
Steve Hodgetts, Head of VAT, Baker Tilly (03-Jul-2014)
New rules regarding the taxation of digital downloads such as music, apps, e-books and software - be prepared and avoid penalties
Mark Paraskeva, CEO SME Division, IRISTen pension automatic enrollment myths
Mark Paraskeva, CEO SME Division, IRIS (05-Jun-2014)
Automatic enrolment is highly complex and it can be easy to become confused about what is and isn't true - here are 10 myths busted
Mark Edwards, General Manager, Rocket LawyerIs your business set to move with the flexi-times?
Mark Edwards, General Manager, Rocket Lawyer (06-May-2014)
New legislation that will affect all your employees, regardless of whether they have children or are a carer
Mark Edwards, General Manager, Rocket LawyerOnline legal services for small businesses
Mark Edwards, General Manager, Rocket Lawyer (14-Apr-2014)
Many service industries have modernised and now the legal industry is transforming too, changing the way people seek legal advice and manage their legal affairs forever
Monique Melis, Global Head of Regulatory Consulting, KineticShould executives be held criminally liable?
Monique Melis, Global Head of Regulatory Consulting, Kinetic (09-Jan-2014)
As politicians and regulators respond to continuing public anger over the financial crisis and subsequent scandals, the threat of jail terms for executives is increasingly real
Darryll Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Wilkes PartnershipMinimising Christmas party carnage
Darryll Thomas, Associate Solicitor, Wilkes Partnership (13-Dec-2013)
The office Christmas party is a highlight of the year, but employers should ensure they have measures in place to avoid inappropriate staff behaviour which could result in claims
Tom Flanagan, Partner, Irwin MitchellRewarding employees for business success?
Tom Flanagan, Partner, Irwin Mitchell (02-Dec-2013)
The idea of boosting employee participation and commitment in line with the success of a business is a good one, but the 'shares for rights' scheme isn't working
Rosana Mirkovic, Head of SME Policy, ACCABribery, SMEs and the law - accountants skeptical
Rosana Mirkovic, Head of SME Policy, ACCA (22-Nov-2013)
SMEs are not immune from the risks of bribery and corruption and, in many ways, they can be more exposed
Cathie Sellars, Head of Marketing, workspace.co.ukTips for negotiating your commercial lease
Cathie Sellars, Head of Marketing, workspace.co.uk (16-Oct-2013)
Just because youíve found a great property and what seems like a good rate doesnít mean you should sign the dotted line just yet, though
Alex Plavsic, Head of Forensic, KPMGAll organisations need to do robust due diligence
Alex Plavsic, Head of Forensic, KPMG (07-Oct-2013)
In today's increasingly-complex international business world, organisations of all sizes need to carry out robust due diligence to protect themselves
Doug Mackay, MD, Collingwood Executive RecruitmentThe pitfalls of cross-border recruitment
Doug Mackay, MD, Collingwood Executive Recruitment (02-Oct-2013)
In business, crossing country borders isnít simply about the geography, it comes with many other ramifications
Richard McKenna, MD, Inclusive EmployersMaking the most of diversity - National Inclusion Week
Richard McKenna, MD, Inclusive Employers (27-Sep-2013)
By understanding a diverse workforce, supporting and utilising skills, a business will reap commercial awards
Tom Flanagan, Partner, Irwin MitchellShares for rights 'damaging' and 'unnecessary'
Tom Flanagan, Partner, Irwin Mitchell (02-Sep-2013)
Introduction of new laws which enable workers to give up basic employee rights in exchange for shares is unnecessary and potentially damaging to the economy
Sarah Staines, Consultant Solicitor, Breeze and WylesProtect your IP, protect your business
Sarah Staines, Consultant Solicitor, Breeze and Wyles (26-Aug-2013)
All businesses have Intellectual Property, but most donít realise its value until it is too late. Identify your IP and learn how to protect it
Simon Portman, Managing Associate, Marks and ClerkProtect and benefit from your IP
Simon Portman, Managing Associate, Marks and Clerk (02-Aug-2013)
IP organisation is a complex and expensive business. It is therefore always crucial to ensure that the tax tail doesnít wag the company dog
Pam Sidhu, The Wilkes PartnershipEmployment law reforms - an overview
Pam Sidhu, The Wilkes Partnership (30-Jul-2013)
Sweeping changes to UK employment have come into force. What do they mean for you and your organisation?
Danny Cooper, MD, The Insurance ManagerBusiness liability - critical insurance changes
Danny Cooper, MD, The Insurance Manager (17-Jul-2013)
Employee Liability and Public Liability insurance are changing. It is now more important than ever that businesses have a robust system of incident reporting, investigation and notification
Heather Rolfe, Principal Research Fellow, NIESRBarriers for the brightest and best
Heather Rolfe, Principal Research Fellow, NIESR (08-Jul-2013)
A series of barriers that may discourage investors and entrepreneurs from basing themselves and their businesses in the UK
Farzana Rahman, MD, The Desi Doll CompanyResolving Copyright infringement - David and Goliath
Farzana Rahman, MD, The Desi Doll Company (03-Jul-2013)
As more corporate information is available on the web, finding your text or imagery has been used by copied in some way is a likely occurrence. What do you do?
Reed SmithInternational business risks - contracts, payments and IP
Reed Smith (27-Jun-2013)
Contract breaches and payment defaults are the biggest causes of commercial disputes when operating overseas, but IP disputes are expected to increase
Mark Paraskeva, CEO Payroll Division, IRISPension reforms - be prepared
Mark Paraskeva, CEO Payroll Division, IRIS (25-Jun-2013)
Businesses will soon be affected by the recent pension reforms and must identify their staging date and be prepared to comply with the new requirements for auto-enrolment
Dr Michael Servian, IP Solicitor, Freeth CartwrightIntellectual Property disputes made easier
Dr Michael Servian, IP Solicitor, Freeth Cartwright (22-May-2013)
Cutting red tape for small businesses and enabling them to resolve disputes more expeditiously is an excellent step forward and a significant improvement in legal provisions for intellectual property
Dominic Higgins, contributing writer, Contact LawLegal tips to manage your online presence
Dominic Higgins, contributing writer, Contact Law (17-May-2013)
The internet creates exciting opportunities for business Ė instant access to huge numbers of potential customers and a global platform for your brand - but there are a web of legal issues too
Laura Tattersall, Direct Law and PersonnelFeeling sick of work?
Laura Tattersall, Direct Law and Personnel (08-May-2013)
Having an employee absent due to sickness can be inconvenient if they possess specialist knowledge and skills and it can also be costly
Nigel Green, CEO, deVere GroupTax - a legal not a moral issue
Nigel Green, CEO, deVere Group (30-Apr-2013)
Hectoring and political posturing from MPs on legal tax avoidance should stop. Tax should be a legal, not a moral, issue
Phillip Venn, Commercial Director, BooxNew year tax resolutions
Phillip Venn, Commercial Director, Boox (10-Apr-2013)
Giving up chocolate is always on top of the list for New Yearís Resolutions, but what about getting your accounting in order for the new tax year?
Philip Collins, Chairman, OFTSupporting economic growth and business
Philip Collins, Chairman, OFT (28-Mar-2013)
Competition drives growth by encouraging innovation and increasing business efficiency. The OFT's role is to tackle issues that stand in the way of growth
Tina Buck, Direct Law and PersonnelIt's not me, it's you - staff performance
Tina Buck, Direct Law and Personnel (26-Mar-2013)
When you have an employee that isn't performing, you may feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall, but the problem is easily rectified
Phillip Venn, Commercial Director, BooxWhat could you buy in the 31 January £85m shopping spree?
Phillip Venn, Commercial Director, Boox (31-Jan-2013)
Last year 850,000 Brits racked up an avoidable £100 fine for submitting their self-assessment tax return late - what could you do with all that cash?
Frankie Tierney, CEO, Herrington & Carmichael LLPDon't underestimate standard Terms and Conditions
Frankie Tierney, CEO, Herrington & Carmichael LLP (29-Jan-2013)
Remember to check those pesky standard Terms and Conditions - if things go wrong it might be too late
Mary Starks, Senior Director, OFTCustomers reluctant to complain about legal profession
Mary Starks, Senior Director, OFT (25-Jan-2013)
Customers of the legal profession are sceptical about the value of complaining and confused where to go
Cavendish Elithorn, Senior Director, OFTOnline selling - complying with the law
Cavendish Elithorn, Senior Director, OFT (15-Oct-2012)
Retailers should check that their websites comply with the law so that customers can be confident their rights are being respected when they shop online
Martin Crook, Partner, Adams MooreFraud - tips on how to spot and avoid it
Martin Crook, Partner, Adams Moore (14-Sep-2012)
Fraud can affect businesses of all sizes - whether you employ a small team or a significant workforce. Consider how you can increase your awareness and what defences you can implement
Stephen Robertson, DG, BRCE-crime costs retailers over £200 million per year
Stephen Robertson, DG, BRC (29-Aug-2012)
At £205.4 million, e-crime represents 0.75% of the £28 billion of online retail sales in 2011 - it needs to be taken seriously
Lucy Stokes, NIESRPension changes coming - who knows what to do?
Lucy Stokes, NIESR (10-Aug-2012)
Many large employers are ready for the pension reforms, but awareness and understanding is still lacking in most companies
Danny Cooper, MD, The Insurance ManagerHow good is your insurance policy?
Danny Cooper, MD, The Insurance Manager (26-Jul-2012)
Insurance companies are increasingly using 'the policy says' defence and will not accept any blame if the policy was issued incorrectly. How 'right' is yours?
Mark Surguy, Partner, Eversheds LLPHow to combat the UK £73bn fraud problem
Mark Surguy, Partner, Eversheds LLP (24-Jul-2012)
Fraud has an insidious effect on the health and wealth of businesses and industry and the costs end up being paid for by customers in some way
Rachel Krys, Director, Inclusive EmployersOvercoming barriers - transgender inclusion
Rachel Krys, Director, Inclusive Employers (02-Jul-2012)
The most effective way is to create an inclusive culture, where people can be themselves and there is zero-tolerance of discrimination and bullying
Peter Kolarz, Francis Hutcheson InstituteBritish businesses and the immigration debate
Peter Kolarz, Francis Hutcheson Institute (25-Jun-2012)
Immigration laws should be well balanced. Migration must not be used to drive down wages, or as an excuse not to ensure the creation of a skilled and educated national workforce
Leonie Watson, Director of Accessibility NomensaDigital accessibility - the commercial realities
Leonie Watson, Director of Accessibility Nomensa (19-Jun-2012)
The impact of not getting accessibility right is damaging, but if you do get it right, 27% of the population may actively choose your brand over the competition
Maxine Horn, CEO, Creative BarcodeA novel way to protect your innovative ideas and projects
Maxine Horn, CEO, Creative Barcode (14-Jun-2012)
Protect your ideas - the first IP innovation for more than 30 years and it's fit for the digital age
Stephen Barratt, director at James CowperSelling on eBay or Amazon - HMRC would like your tax
Stephen Barratt, director at James Cowper (23-May-2012)
Online resellers have until 14 June 2012 to own up to any money they owe with HMRC's 'Buy it Now'
Phil Mercer, Head of Euler Hermes Collections UKMind your Ts and Cs - protect your business
Phil Mercer, Head of Euler Hermes Collections UK (20-Apr-2012)
Whether you are bringing a new customer on board, or starting to deal with a new supplier, accuracy in terms and conditions is absolutely critical
Matthew Howse and Celia Kendrick of Morgan LewisTips for preventing online harassment
Matthew Howse and Celia Kendrick of Morgan Lewis (29-Mar-2012)
With the explosion of Social Media, here are some practical steps that employers can take to help prevent online harassment and minimise the risks of legal liability
Marc Dautlich, Partner, Pinsent MasonsNew EU law - biggest data protection change in 20 years
Marc Dautlich, Partner, Pinsent Masons (25-Jan-2012)
New EU legislation will bring the biggest shake up of data protection laws in Europe for nearly 20 years affecting thousands of organisations
Darren Fell, MD Crunch AccountingCheap company registrations for SMEs
Darren Fell, MD Crunch Accounting (24-Jan-2012)
A novel use of Twitter and the launch of a new service aimed at helping SMEs form Limited companies cheaply
FSBSMEs need talent
FSB (09-Dec-2011)
SMEs find it difficult to find suitable staff and are hampered by regulation and the difficulty to find finance
Phil McCabe CEO of Forum of Private BusinessEmployment law - complex and possibly costly
Phil McCabe CEO of Forum of Private Business (30-Nov-2011)
Employment law is a complex area - both for business owners and their staff - and can be costly to the business if not followed
Crunch AccountingMore SMEs are dodging tax
Crunch Accounting (22-Nov-2011)
More small businesses than ever before are dodging the taxman by charging customers in cash
Philip Rowland, Adams and Remers LLPDo you have the right lease?
Philip Rowland, Adams and Remers LLP (03-Oct-2011)
If you are renting business premises, make sure you have a Secure Business Tenancy or you may risk losing your premises and business when your lease ends
Philip King of ICMWatch out for wording in customer documents
Philip King of ICM (25-Sep-2011)
Watch out for any wording in documents from your customer that changes the agreed payment terms
Ciaran McCabe of Moore BlatchGrave consequences of H&S failures
Ciaran McCabe of Moore Blatch (25-Aug-2011)
Businesses must prioritise health and safety and make sure workers are trained
Philip King of ICMMicro-business accounts rethink
Philip King of ICM (21-Aug-2011)
The Government should rethink plans to exempt micro-businesses from having to ?le accounts at Companies House says ICM
Phil McCabe of FPBNew retail ombudsman?
Phil McCabe of FPB (24-Jun-2011)
Problems in the groceries supply chain highlight issues facing smaller businesses
Michael Carrivick of BAR UKLack of aviation policy hits UK economy
Michael Carrivick of BAR UK (02-Jun-2011)
Lack of aviation policy is hitting business and employment and risks the UK being by-passed
Laura ChalkleyEmployment tribunals - don't suffer!
Laura Chalkley (26-May-2011)
Small companies don't have to suffer from problems with employment tribunals
Philip King of ICMRadical changes needed for Insolvency Practice
Philip King of ICM (04-May-2011)
A radical change is needed to the current regulatory framework for Insolvency Practitioners to protect the interests of unsecured creditors
HMRCAvoid new severe tax penalties
HMRC (31-Mar-2011)
Make sure you file your 2010-11 Self Assessment Return on time to avoid the new penalties
Chancellor George OsborneChancellor - next week's Budget: rescue to reform
Chancellor George Osborne (16-Mar-2011)
George Osborne sets the scene for next week's Budget
HMRCCorporation Tax - important changes in April
HMRC (08-Mar-2011)
Important changes to Corporation Tax (CT) filing and payment come into effect in April.
Home OfficeUK shortage occupation list - recommendations
Home Office (03-Mar-2011)
Important news for employers - the MAC has today recommended that eight job titles be removed from the UK shortage occupation list.
Lord Smith of FinsburyAdvertising standards apply online from today
Lord Smith of Finsbury (01-Mar-2011)
From 1 March 2011 the ASA's remit is extended to online marketing materials. Are you ready?
Business, Innovation & SkillsEurope - good news for SMEs?
Business, Innovation & Skills (28-Feb-2011)
Europe needs an SME-friendly business environment, enabling small businesses and entrepreneurs to realise their ambitions
Danny CooperWhen does 'thank you' become illegal?
Danny Cooper (25-Jan-2011)
April 2011 sees The Bribery Act 2010 come into force - preceded by some promised government guidance on practical procedures to prevent bribery.

in: Articles

Philip RycroftLess red tape
Philip Rycroft
Makig the regulatory environment robust and responsive - a government success story
Martin SmithChanging staff behaviour
Martin Smith
Regulations can be a business advantage and compliance can be made relatively easy
Robert GemmellMethods of dispute resolution
Robert Gemmell
There is a variety of methods that can be deployed to resolve disputes arising between the parties. We look at a useful overview of some of the more common methods.
Professor Ruth TaplinChanges in Japanese Corporate Governance
Professor Ruth Taplin
One of the greatest pressures facing the Japanese economy and business organisations from being absorbed into an increasingly global world are issues related to corporate governance.
Joanne SegarsOccupational pensions - continuous revolution
Joanne Segars
The pace of change in the world of workplace pensions has been relentless and is not about to stop. The impact of regulation and Government interference has had a dramatic impact in the UK.


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