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! 2018-03-29T14:22:06+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? 2018-03-19T12:19:26+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? 2018-02-22T15:40:35+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! 2018-02-28T12:55:00+00:00

The Bits of GDPR We Don’t Want to Talk About

On the 1st January 2018, GDPR will no longer be coming next year, it’ll be a few months away! At this point, you’ve heard the headlines: the massive fines, the extra compliance and lots of talk about consent. If you’re already active in getting your organisation in shape for the change in law, you’ve probably [...]

The Bits of GDPR We Don’t Want to Talk About 2017-12-20T17:34:02+00:00

The Pitfalls of Litigation and Counter-claims

Have you ever been involved in a dispute over a contract? Even if you've never been to court, chances are you will have had issues that can be tracked back to a contractual dispute, whether it be as a business owner, employee or in your personal life. As consumers, we have become accustomed to an [...]

The Pitfalls of Litigation and Counter-claims 2017-12-12T15:28:18+00:00

Devant Diary Winter 2017

We’ve been gearing up to help you be even more successful in 2018: Helping you become better Deal Makers by creating new workshops – Reviewing, Understanding and Amending Contracts and Statements of Work and Negotiating Contracts and Statements of Work (drop us a line if you’d like the Early Bird discount codes!)  Using our new GDPR management platform and analysis workshops to [...]

Devant Diary Winter 2017 2017-12-08T17:13:50+00:00

Get your house in order

You may think that you have got a brilliant business and that buyers will be fighting over themselves to acquire it – but is it in a clean and tidy state?  Are there any skeletons in the cupboard that you know about and should really sort out before going on the market? Or worse, you [...]

Get your house in order 2017-11-10T15:03:04+00:00