American agreements afford little protection under the Privacy Shield

“Shield” (verb) – to protect from danger, risk or unpleasant experience. Based on this definition, we can assume Privacy Shield is good and we don’t need to worry about sending data over to the USA? A natural assumption to make, but if you do business with American companies (customers or suppliers) you should read on. [...]

American agreements afford little protection under the Privacy Shield2018-10-22T08:50:01+00:00

GDPR Policies Don’t Come in Magnolia!

What's so hard about implementing changes to your business data protection policies and processes under GDPR? Surely once you update your privacy policy, email all your contacts about opting-in and check that the new data protection clause in your business contracts says ‘GDPR’ somewhere, that's all there is to it. I sometimes hear business owners [...]

GDPR Policies Don’t Come in Magnolia!2018-09-18T12:05:32+00:00

The Top 4 Ways to Use NDAs

If contract law can ever be considered to be the shining star in a sordid sex scandal, the recent allegations surrounding the 45th US President, Donald Trump and adult film actress ‘Stormy Daniels’ are probably as close as it’s ever likely to get. Most commercial managers and business owners are likely to have a loose [...]

The Top 4 Ways to Use NDAs2018-09-18T12:06:14+00:00

Finding Your Ideal Buyer: How to decide if this is ‘the one’!

It’s unlikely you would sell your home to a chance buyer who knocked at your door, or put it on the market with the first estate agent that happened to cold call you. Selling your company is a similar story when you consider the approaches you might receive from interested buyers or agents. Like your [...]

Finding Your Ideal Buyer: How to decide if this is ‘the one’!2018-09-18T12:07:02+00:00

Worried about complying with GDPR? Take a deep dive into your business to uncover the way forward!

I am often amazed at the capacity of our brain, the amount of “stuff” that it retains, how it recalls it and how it is able to able to consider endless possibilities with that “stuff”. During the GDPR readiness workshops I've run with many of our SME clients, they've shown that they hold masses of [...]

Worried about complying with GDPR? Take a deep dive into your business to uncover the way forward!2018-06-15T18:54:27+00:00

Why Do Contracts Exist in Business?

Whilst you’ve been drawing up a contract with a business partner, have you ever got to a point where you just stop and think, “do I really need to be going through all of this, wouldn’t an email be sufficient?” Hopefully, you have lots of healthy business relationships where everyone just keeps doing what they [...]

Why Do Contracts Exist in Business?2018-06-19T14:21:08+00:00

Have Your Email ‘Negotiations’ Accidentally Become a Contract?

Even in the smallest businesses, we all do at least some of our negotiating by email. Sometimes it’s quite informal and with people you know. Other times it might be more formal and considered – perhaps you even have a process for engaging new business? Whatever the case, you could be forming legally binding contracts [...]

Have Your Email ‘Negotiations’ Accidentally Become a Contract?2018-06-19T14:21:35+00:00

When Does Copying Infringe Copyright?

A Spat at Bedtime… In late November 2017, retailer John Lewis and children’s author Chris Riddell were parties to an ‘online copyright spat’. The issue was whether or not the department store had copied the former Children’s Laureate’s beloved character Mr Underbed, in creating the star of their Christmas advert, Moz the Monster. Many agreed [...]

When Does Copying Infringe Copyright?2018-02-22T15:20:36+00:00

What can your business learn from the Carillion crisis?

The collapse of the construction group, Carillion, leaving an estimated pension hole of around £2.6billion, and total liabilities of around £5billion, means many businesses and public sector workers are doubtful about their future. Carillion’s supply chain stretches far and wide, and the number of companies impacted by this collapse is huge. Setting aside the inevitable [...]

What can your business learn from the Carillion crisis?2018-02-06T11:44:53+00:00

Wishing you a magical 2018, with kindness!

David Devant, one of the founders of the Magic Circle back at the start of the last century, is a bit of a hero of mine. I named this company after him back in 2003, loving his motto “All done by kindness”. So you can imagine what a thrill it was to be allowed into [...]

Wishing you a magical 2018, with kindness!2018-05-02T14:26:53+00:00