This week at Ignition Law, we are joining in the collective action around International Women’s Day to think about what we can all do to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
This October 10th is Mental Health Awareness Day and a chance for the start-up community and founders to consider what they can do to ensure they are creating a culture of teamwork, trust and integrity that will benefit everyone’s mental wellbeing and prevent anyone from burning out.
Last year we celebrated 100 years of women being able to vote and in 2019 we celebrate another important anniversary: 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, allowing women to become lawyers for the first time. It’s easy to get complacent about the journey and victories that have led us to this point, but before we look at where we are now it’s important to look at how we have got here and what we can do to help improve things going forward.
For companies looking to protect their brands in the UK and across Europe more generally, it was, until recently, most cost effective to register trademarks with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Upon registration, the relevant intellectual property would be protected throughout the EU, including the UK.
On 29 October 2018, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the 2018 Autumn Budget to the House of Commons. The generous Entrepreneurs’ Relief scheme has survived, however the conditions for qualification have tightened.
Picture the scene:
You’re a conscientious employer. You diligently follow data protection laws. One day, you discover your senior IT auditor has been running a slimming drug supply operation from the office mail room, but you let him off with a verbal warning.
GDPR is a new privacy law which governs the collection and use of data relating to all individuals within the EU. It will give people more rights and protection around how their personal data is processed, used and shared between and by organisations. It introduces tougher fines for non-compliance and gives people more say on what companies can do with their data. It also makes data protection rules more or less identical throughout the EU.