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Shareholders’​ Agreements: The Prenup of the Corporate World

A Shareholders’ Agreement is an INSANELY important legal document in the corporate business sphere. We like to think of them as the prenup of the corporate world! Instead of them being like a document in place for people who are about to get married, it’s for those about to go ...
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Going into business with your best mate doesn’t mean you don’t need a contract. This is why:

Picture this. You and your best mate, that you’ve been friends with since you were wee, are aspiring entrepreneurs. You’re both thinking “hey, why don’t we go at this together”, you decide to join forces. What could be better than working alongside your best friend, right? You’re brainstorming when finally, ...
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Beyoncé WINS Trademark Opposition

At Jamieson Law, we're *kind of* obsessed with celebrity trademark battles and dramas. We know, it's a bit sad, it's the trademark geek inside of us all coming out! Let’s chat about an interesting one involving a celebrity icon. So Beyoncé of course had her daughter 'Blue Ivy Carter' back ...
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Keeping your website and social media legal

Where would businesses be without websites (or social media, for that matter)? Gone are the days of looking up a shop in the Yellow Pages. If we need to know anything about a business, all we do is type them into Google or check out their Instagram! If you're a ...
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The Chamber of Trademarks

We’re often asked by clients whether they can use notable words or phrases, like “Muggles” in their business without infringing on copyright or trademark. If these words have been trademarked, the simple answer is no.   As we know, trademarks are a tool that most companies, big or small, strive ...
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Winning-the-Pooh: Public Domain Day

You might have seen that Winnie-the-Pooh hit the headlines this week. The reason is that Hollywood actor, Ryan Reynolds, has satirised the bear in an ad for his telecommunications company, Mint Mobile. How was he able to do this, I hear you ask? The rule of thumb for most creative ...
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All I Want for Christmas is to be Legally Protected

For me, I start to get in the holiday spirit when I see the John Lewis advert on the telly. Sometimes this is earlier than I might like to realise, as I’m yet to make the lists and do the shopping (last minute is my middle name), but as a ...
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The Devil is in the…Data Protection Breach

We’ve been talking A LOT about data protection on our socials this week. Since it’s almost Halloween, let’s scare you a little… For the most serious of data protection breaches, you could face a maximum fine of £17.5 million or 4% of your annual global turnover, whichever is greater. Are ...
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WWW (What Websites Want)

No, this isn’t a knock-off of that Mel Gibson film… today, we’re talking about website compliance! It sounds boring but this is super important for pretty much every business since operating a website isn’t so much a choice in today’s age, but a necessity! In a nutshell, your website needs ...
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Dealing with Clients from Hell

Entering into a contract with someone is kind of like starting a new relationship. You walk into it with the best of intentions, and you have every hope that it will be a match made in heaven. But…you always have to prepare for the slight possibility that things could go ...
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Coaching 101: the Legal Side

In today’s age, it seems that more and more people are looking to better themselves, whether it’s in their career, their relationships, or with their mindset completely. For that reason, many of the Legal Advice calls we take are from those setting up coaching businesses. Generally they are looking for ...
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Setting up for Success

Many of us have dreamed of starting up own businesses, but the process sounds daunting. The reality is, it doesn’t need to be. It’s actually easier than it seems! Following a specific framework can make the process much simpler and much more manageable. Here at Jamieson Law, we implement ‘The ...
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The Importance Of Trademarks

As you may notice, we talk A LOT about trademarks, and with good reason! They are critical to a smooth-running, hassle-free business. In a nutshell, trademarking is the legal protection of your branding, like your company name, logo, product name, slogan etc – basically everything that makes your business yours ...
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Client Wins!

Client wins!!! We work with some super interesting, innovative and cool businesses over here at Jamieson Law. We want to shout about them from the rooftops! What a better way to do so than by sharing some of their major wins? Today we’re chatting about our brilliant clients over at ...
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The Legal Vulnerabilities that you NEED to be aware of

Well, here we are in the second quarter of 2021 already – where has the time gone? Q2 has brought loads of excitement for us all already – the UK has started easing its lockdown restrictions, meaning many businesses are finally starting to be able to open their doors again ...
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The European Commission V AstraZeneca

Today we’re chatting a bit about a Covid-EU related legal update. So, we all know that for the past while there have been some major tensions and issues growing between the EU and AstraZeneca So what’s the lowdown? Well, it all comes down to a shortfall in the initial dose ...
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Mental Health In The Workplace

The past year has been the most mentally challenging year for everyone on the planet. For many of us, we switched from being in the office every day surrounded by our colleagues to working from home on our own. Some people lost their jobs completely and lack of physical connection ...
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IR35 in a nutshell

On Tuesday the 6th of April 2021, the new tax year starts. Do you know what that means? IR35 changes will be coming into effect! In 6 days, the new off-payroll workings rules will be rolled out Preparation is KEY here. Here's what you need to know in a nutshell: Changes ...
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What should you be prioritising to become the unstoppable CEO?

We all know the basics of running a business and being a CEO. But there’s a key word to note there ‘Basic’. That’s not what you want to be, right? We know we don’t anyway. You want to visualise the bigger picture, so you can become the ‘unstoppable CEO’. So, ...
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How different would your business have been if you were protected before Covid?

Hindsight is 20/20 (literally!), we know that. A lot of the time we do look back and reflect on what we’ve done and find something we wish we did completely differently. We’re all a bit guilty of it. So, on that note, would things have been different if your business ...
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The Importance Of Looking After Your Employees

“You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.” – Renee West   What is every organisation's most important asset? People It is widely agreed ...
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3 sure-fire ways to make sure you WON’T be paid by your clients

“My client hasn’t paid me and I don’t know what to do”. A horrible situation to be in, and a phrase we unfortunately far too often. Mostly all of us have had to deal with it, and it’s quite frankly, awful. There is no glaringly obvious solution that will make ...
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5 Employment Law dates you need to keep in mind for 2021

We all know that the law isn’t static. It’s forever changing, and it’s super important to keep up to date with any changes in policy and regulation that come about An important one to keep up to speed with is employment law changes. As an employer, it is your duty ...
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Do you just keep receiving refund requests?

Whether you're a product seller or service provider, a coach, a consultant, a tech business, an accountant, a digital marketer, there may be a time where you receive kickback from clients regarding receiving a refund. It's bound to happen as you grow and scale, people are always trying to chance ...
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Establishing in the Netherlands due to Brexit

Here at Jamieson Law, we're here to help you navigate the often tricky waters of Brexit as a business owner. We've discussed setting up a subsidiary in the EU for access purposes in Ireland, now the Netherlands is up next. Could setting up a subsidiary company in the Netherlands be ...
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Have you received a letter from the Information Commissioner’s Office?

Receiving a random letter through your door asking you to register with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) can be pretty daunting. Why have you suddenly received one? Do you really need to do it? What is the annual fee? What are the exemptions? Before I get to the above, who ...
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8 common contract clauses what they mean

How many times have you had a contract drafted or put in front of you to sign and thought 'what does any of this actually mean'? Legal jargon is, quite frankly, no fun whatsoever. If you aren't a legal professional, it can be tricky figuring out exactly what these mean. ...
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Clubhouse and privacy issues

Clubhouse, the new networking platform that’s become all the rage. We have to be honest...we were getting severe FOMO (fear of missing out) and HAD to get an invite. Who wouldn’t want to be in a room with celebrities?! But with new apps comes new privacy issues. Is clubhouse going ...
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IIR35 and what to look for in your contracts

Is IR35 causing you confusion? Are you not really sure if it applies to you or not? Well, first things first - it doesn’t apply if you’re a sole trader or freelancer. Limited companies with 1 shareholder or director are the ones to likely get caught out by it here. If ...
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Establishing in Ireland due to Brexit

As we're sure most of you have seen in the news, it seems the government are urging businesses to set up in the EU after Brexit. Confusion and worries aside, let’s talk about setting up in Ireland. Is this a good option for you? Let's consider some points: Ireland (in ...
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Trademark Battle: Elvis VS BrewDog

The King is back in the building...and so are we with another celebrity trademark battle, you know that these are our favourite (fun and educational, can you beat that?!). Have you heard of this big trademark clash that happened a few years back between the King of Rock and Roll ...
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Are clients asking you to reduce your rates?

We've got a question for you. Have you ever had a client ask you to reduce your rates? We have, it's bound to happen at some stage as a growing or scaling business. Have you never really been sure what to do in that kind of situation? Do you feel ...
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Reviewing your contracts in the times of Brexit

Ah yes, another thing to add to the Brexit list. But this is actually super important. Your contracts might not be viable now in light of Brexit, there are certain things you need to think of. For example: Increased trade barriers Movement of people Currency changes Changes in legal jurisdiction ...
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Our HR support function

Something you *may* not know about us here at Jamieson Law is that we offer a HR legal support function for your business! That's right, we don't just help with the 'classic' legals, we cover so many bases to make sure your business runs smoothly. We're passionate about employee relations ...
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The triplets of intellectual property

If you want to grow and scale your business, you’ll want to know the basics of intellectual property (IP). Building a bullet-proof brand, strong, sustainable brand  all comes down to protecting your all important IP. Growing a business without robust IP protection is incredibly risky, and to be honest, it ...
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Dealing with clients that won’t pay

Have you ever been stung by a client that just will not pay? We’ve all been there. It’s an incredibly stressful situation to deal with. No matter how well you try to align yourself and your business to work with your ideal clients, it's likely going to happen at one ...
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Did you know that Merry Christmas is trademarked?

Here's a fun Christmas fact for you, did you know that 'Merry Christmas' is actually trademarked?! With all the mass produced Christmas stuff we see every year, it’s pretty crazy to think about. In fact, in the US there are actually four federally registered trademarks for ‘Merry Christmas': 1. For ...
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MythBusters: Let’s debunk some brand protection myths

The legal world is full to the brim of misconceptions and myths that can be incredibly damaging for you and your business. Think about it this way, if you believe A but the truth is B, this could lead to a whole bunch of issues down the line. Here at ...
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Trademark Battle: The Clash of the Kylie’s

Here at Jamieson Law, we have a bit of a guilty pleasure - looking up celebrity trademark cases. We hear you saying "get a life", but we're trademark geeks and proud (and we'll shout this from the rooftops)! Not only are these cases interesting to read in general, we can ...
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Is your business Brexit ready?

Ah yes, here we go again chatting about Brexit... But there is a reason we keep banging on about it You need to be prepared! The withdrawal period will be over very very soon, and there are bunch of things you need to consider as a business owner... Are your ...
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5 reasons why legally protecting your brand is insanely important

Starting your business is super exciting. You just want to get going with the fun stuff…but often this means that the more ‘boring’ things can be left out. This frequently comes down to legal matters. As uninteresting as it may seem, protecting your business from a legal perspective is INCREDIBLY ...
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