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10 Tips for avoiding Business disputes In 2017

11 January 2017
A new year is an opportunity for a bit of early spring cleaning as well as setting some new rules.  Here are our tips for a dispute free 2017: Minute meetings and circulate quickly to give everyone an opportunity to challenge any misunderstandings while all the details are fresh in their minds If you say something in the heat of the moment you subsequently regret, apologise no matter how embarrassing the situation before it has time to fester If you are unhappy with staff or contractor per...
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Brexit and IP - no need to panic - yet!

23 October 2016
There has been plenty of coverage in the press of the potential impact of Brexit on the UK’s research base both in academia and through participation by commercial organisations in EU sponsored projects however what of the protection available for the output of that research however it may be funded or pursued down the line? Well firstly and most importantly Brexit will not occur for at least two years and until then Britain remains a full member of the EU and the current rules apply.  With...
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The Hargreaves Report - a way forward for IP? Part 2

30 September 2016
Another of Prof Hargreaves proposals that seems unlikely to help the SME would in fact attack the SMEs in the professional services sector which he says is so important to the British economy. He is suggesting that SMEs have access to low-cost integrated intellectual property, legal and commercial advice. Currently many small boutique firms do offer cost-effective and sector specific advice and through their networks can introduce their clients to specialists in different fields leading to an in...
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New Data Protection Regime Part 2

31 August 2016
Governance, Accountability and Administration The GDPR aims to put data governance at the heart of all data controlling/processing organisations, including introducing new record-keeping, monitoring, reporting and management responsibilities.  The Regulations introduce a wide-ranging obligation on data controllers and processors, to keep extensive internal records of data processing, and data protection, activities.  Rigorous data protection impact assessments will also become mandatory befor...
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New Data Protection Regime Part 2

31 August 2016
Governance, Accountability and Administration The GDPR aims to put data governance at the heart of all data controlling/processing organisations, including introducing new record-keeping, monitoring, reporting and management responsibilities.  The Regulations introduce a wide-ranging obligation on data controllers and processors, to keep extensive internal records of data processing, and data protection, activities.  Rigorous data protection impact assessments will also become mandatory befor...
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New Data Protection Regime Part 1

31 August 2016
The following blog in two parts was written by our research student, Shaun McPhee The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are a radical shake-up of EU data protection law, which entered into force on 25 May 2016.  This aggressive piece of legislation attempts to regulate the control of EU residents’ data, far beyond the borders of the EU, and more strictly than ever before.  The effects will be felt by diverse businesses worldwide, with those businesses in ecommerce, healthcare (incl...
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Critical Illness and Business Impact

23 August 2016
I have recently been dealing with the fall out of a key member of a company falling suddenly and catastrophically ill. The company was highly dependent on his contacts and deal making skills and the team around him lacked senior management experience in the industry.  When he unexpectedly collapsed the company faced serious issues of maintaining sales momentum - critical when there are loans repayments to be met  - and of retaining the confidence of its commercial partners. How can you limit...
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New course in the psychology of mediation

23 July 2016
World renowned mediator Paul Randolph is leading a course in London 27-29th October in the psychology of mediation.  This is designed for those who are already familiar with the basics of mediation and will cover topics including: Existential approach to conflict The psychology behind communication skills Mediation advocacy Working with emotions Psychological strategy and tactics Neurological aspects Case studies: supervised mock mediations from a psychological perspective I am real...
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STACC SUMMER NEWSLETTER

16 July 2016
As many of you will be aware St Andrew's Clinics for Children is a charity close to my heart and on whose board I am honoured to serve.  This is our silver jubilee year and so we would particularly welcome donations this year from any of our friends who would like to do something special for us.  I am copying our summer newsletter below so that you can see how we are using our donors' generous gifts to support healthcare for children in sub Saharan Africa. Readers in those African countries w...
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Beyond Champagne - Part 2

23 April 2016
It is important to recognise that the EU is not unique in providing protection for traditional products in this way and indeed TRIPS requires each member of the WTO to have in place a system for protecting products where their qualities, reputation or characteristics are essentially attributable to their geographic origin.  Although the US has introduced special protection for a handful of products including Idaho potatoes and Tennessee whiskey it does not have a general programme in place and...
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