• Budget 2014: SEIS & SITR

    This briefing sets out the changes relating to SEIS and the new SITR relief as announced by the Chancellor in the Budget 2014.

    The good news for startups is that SEIS and EIS have been retained and a new equivalent scheme for social enterprises has been created.

  • VAT treatment of online businesses

    The VAT treatment for online businesses is changing from 1 January 2015.  Services provided by a UK business via a website or app will be liable for VAT in the country where the service is purchased and not (as now) in the UK.

  • Distance Selling Regulations

    According to the Office for National Statistics, the average weekly amount spent online in May 2013 was £583million. With such a large amount of money being spent online, the law relating to goods sold on the internet has changed a lot in the last 15 years with the Distance Selling Regulations (DSRs) being one of the most important pieces of legislation.

  • Dealing with the death of a shareholder

    In a private limited company the death of a major shareholder can cause a number of issues.  This note sets out to avoid the most common issues whilst retaining the 100% relief from IHT that applies to shares in trading companies.

  • Legal Structures

    There are a variety of legal structures through which a business can be operated. This note looks at incorporated structures in the context of for-profit businesses.

    The briefing also details how to incorporate a company yourself without the need for a lawyer or accountant. 

  • Social Enterprise Structures

    A social enterprise is a business carried on for a social purpose. Social enterprises can be operated via a number of structures. This briefing discusses some of those structures including Community Interest Companies, Industrial & Providential Societies and Charities.

  • All you need to know about Trademarks

    This legal briefing will focus on trade marks and in particular on registering trade marks in the UK and the consequences of non-registration. Trademarks law is a deceptively complicated area governed by an intricate mix of statute and case law which can make securing the right level of protection particularly challenging. 

  • Cookies (the electronic kind)

    The latest in our legal briefings focusses on cookies. We explain what they do and why websites use them. We also look briefly at the legal regime around the use of cookies and what online businesses need to do to remain compliant.

  • Using contacts and leads: the issues

    Is your company using contact details, personal information and business leads responsibly and lawfully?

    This briefing sets out the law around use of leads and what you should do to comply. For practical guidance, we are holding a DIYLegal drafting session dealing with privacy policies on 9 May 2012. Further information can be found here.

  • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

    The Finance Bill 2012 introduced a start-up version of the Enterprise Investment Scheme, known as the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

    SEIS will apply to shares issued on or after 6 April 2012, but before 6 April 2017.

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