Business Guides - Legal

Proof of Copyright, Duration & Damages

Lawdit looks at infringement of Copyright, the damages that can be claimed and at what point Copyright expires and the works become 'public domain'.

Copyright in Software

How Copyright works if you are a computer programmer.

Defences to Copyright

Lawdit sets out the various instances where there is no infringement on copyright.

Trademarks, Designs, Logos

Section one of the Trade Marks Act refers to a trade mark as any sign capable of being represented graphically which is capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings.

Trademark Infringement

The rights of a UK trademark owner who feels that there is a case for infringement are provided under section 10 of the Trade Marks Act 1994.

How to protect a domain name

Lawdit on protecting valuable domain names.

Why do Patents exist?

Lawdit look at the reasons why companies invest in patents.

Registering Designs

Lawdit looks at the relatively low-cost extra protection of your new designs.

Confidential Information

Even if you do not have a confidentiality agreement in place there is a broad principle under equity law that a person who has received information in confidence cannot take unfair advantage of it.

Breach of Confidential Information

A right of action will lie for breach or infringement of confidential information where you can prove the other party has used confidential information, directly or indirectly obtained from you and without your consent.

Advertising Complaints

Advertising standards in the UK are monitored by the Advertising Standards Authority ('ASA').

Privacy and the Media

The UK has no privacy law. Although it has taken significant steps to protect privacy with regard to the photographs of an individual.

Libel on the Internet

If the words published online are defamatory, the author and publisher can be sued as in other areas of the press.

Public and Business Liability

With an ever-growing "compensation culture" all businesses, large and small, need to ensure they have adequate insurance. As a business owner you have responsibilities towards your customers and the general public.

IR35 & personal service companies

Overview of IR35, what it means to you and how it's calculated.

Employing your spouse

Points to bear in mind if your partner works in the business.

Statutory records

An article covering what your statutory records are, filing your annual return and accounts and the fines you can incur for failing to comply with The Companies Act 1985.

The company secretary

An article on the duties of the company secretary.

The law and directors' responsibilities

Article on the 'common law' and statutory duties of a company director; how to appoint, resign and change details at Companies House and other points limited company directors will need to bear in mind.

Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations

Regulations covering direct marketing approaches by phone, fax, email and text.

Do I need to comply with the Data Protection Act?

If you obtain, store or use personal details from customers, suppliers or other contacts, it is a legal requirement that you comply with the eight main principles of the Data Protection Act to protect people's privacy.

10 things to be wary of when signing a consultancy contract

There are two broad areas that freelancers should be concerned with - exposure to commercial risk and exposure to IR35 liabilities.

Changes to company law

Freelancers running limited companies should ensure that their e-mails, websites and business correspondence contain certain regulatory details to avoid £1000 fines.

Your contract: key commercial factors

As a freelancer operating on a self-employed basis one of the first things you will want to do after a successful tender is get on with the job. But stop! What about the contract?

What is copyright?

Copyright gives creators the legal right to control the use of their material, in restricting unauthorized copying and reproduction by others.