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How to let people use your Intellectual Property, but also Protect It

August 14, 2017

I’m often asked by clients, how you can share your intellectual property (IP), but also have some restrictions around what people can and can’t do with it. This question arises from clients who are looking to run courses – both online or physical but it can also apply to people who want to share some…

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6 Contract Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easy

June 5, 2017

A contract should be a clear legal document that sets out your rights and responsibilities and that can protect you if things go awry. Here are my tips on what contracts, of any sort, should include. Identify the parties. Contracts should clearly identify who is involved.  It is important that a company is identified by…

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How to choose the right business structure – my top 5 tips

May 31, 2017

When considering taking the plunge and starting your own business, it’s really important that you consider how the business will be set up. Making this decision first will allow for consistent business decision making into the future. Here are my top 5 tips to help you consider your options  Tip 1 – Everybody is Different…

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Top 5 Tips to Make Sure You Get Paid.

April 10, 2017

Far too often I find myself advising clients that are chasing debts owed to them for goods sold or services provided. This is an unfortunate situation that none of us want to find ourselves in.  Most times with small business it is not economical or financially viable to pursue these debts. Here are my top…

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Advice for Disrupters

March 8, 2017

A lot of the starts-ups that I work with, especially the technology start-ups, are doing something completely different with their business. This might be operating a traditional business in a new way – such as myself, offering online Legal Services at a fixed fee – or it could be doing something completely new. I spend…

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Fair dealing week – Learn about copyright and protect your own work

February 20, 2017

I am blessed to be able to work with a lot of creative individuals – designers, developers, photographers. The protection of their copyright is probably the most significant concern that ‘creatives’ approach me with to discuss. Even more than making sure they get paid. On the flip side, I also have conscientious clients that ask…

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Protecting information – minimising risk to your business

February 10, 2017

Internet security is becoming increasingly topical and is at the forefront of conversation in the business community. There have been large companies subject to internet security risks and has either been hacked or had personal information stolen or leaked. Small businesses have also been targeted and have had their business information held for ransom. The…

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Technology Lawyer

Why choose me as your technology lawyer

January 23, 2017

  Technology law is an area that has expanded and developed over time, exactly like technology has. I first studied technology law in the 90’s, when it basically consisted of looking at cases where celebrities had had their names used by someone else in a domain name, and were then being asked to pay huge…

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Privacy - your legal requirements in business

Privacy. How do you protect the privacy of your customers and what are your obligations?

June 30, 2016

“Ransomware”, “Hacking”, “Cybercrime” are commonly used terms in today’s on-line world.  If you store information electronically the information is at risk of being accessed, stolen, destroyed or even held to ransom.  Yes, this is true.  Small businesses are being targeted by scammers who hack into computers and lock access and only granting the access when…

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Managing a Facebook page – Facebook can be a minefield for defamation of businesses and individuals, how do you stay on top of your Facebook page and stay legal? 

May 14, 2016

Before social media when customers were not happy with the service or quality of goods then they made a complaint by phone or in person.  Now, with the introduction of social media, the ability to complain is easier than ever.  No longer do we have to jump in the car, drive down to the shop…

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