Entries by Emma Arcari

General Data Protection Regulation

Are you ready for the GDPR? Without thinking about it too deeply right now, start with your gut reaction and answers to the following questions… Have you started preparing for the GDPR? Do you know how long you have left to get ready or finish getting ready? Do you know when a Data Protection Impact […]

Data protection and the GDPR – what does this mean for my business?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018, so what generally should businesses be aware of? Overview: Larger penalties for breach A new tiered approach means penalties for the most severe breaches will increase from the current level of £500,000 to up to 4% of annual worldwide turnover or €20 million […]

Online terms and conditions – a common myth

Myth: online and alternative dispute resolution – everyone has to take part…. Reality: only some traders require to participate in ADR ….   The Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 created new requirements for businesses in relation to alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Some commentators and businesses are spreading a […]

Top Tips for Wise Contracting

Here are some of the basic areas that every contract lawyer will look at when considering any contract: Get the parties right  This is a very common mistake.  Consider who is entering into the contract and, with legal persons like companies and LLPs, make sure you have the right names, registered numbers, contact details etc. […]

You reap what you sow….

Taste your own terms before serving them up to consumers. The latest guidance from the CMA, (the Competition and Markets Authority – who replaced the Office of Fair Trading) has advised businesses when dealing with consumers – not to use terms that the businesses wouldn’t like to sign up to themselves. To see the short […]

What’s in a name – have you been ‘holding’ out?

Perhaps you’d like to consider adding group, international, holdings or services to your company name (or register a similar name for other companies in your group)? Until very recently, there was a prohibition on the use of certain words considered to be the “same as” or “sensitive” within company names, but thanks to recent legislative […]