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What is a Franchise Agreement? A Legal Guide

Considering turning your business into a franchise? Congrats! But first, you'll need to understand the ins and outs of a franchise agreement. Let's dive in...

IPO Explained: The A to Z of an Initial Public Offering

For some, an IPO is a fervent dream. We discuss how to make that dream a reality, from preparing the business to floating on the stock exchange.

Outsourcing Pros and Cons: How to Save Time and Money

You have enough on your plate. We tackle outsourcing pros and cons, and outline the nitty gritty of saving much needed time and money.

CBDCs: What are They and Why is the UK Embracing Them?

We tackle CBDCs, the UK government's love affair with them, and the pros and cons of central bank digital currency.

FCA Consumer Duty: How Financial Services Firms Are Impacted

As the deadline for the FCA Consumer Duty Principle looms forward, we tackle how it impacts financial services firms, and what businesses need to be aware of.

Office Christmas Parties: How to Avoid More Than a Hangover

We discuss the do's and don't of office Christmas parties, including steps employers should take to avoid liability.

5 Biggest Issues Facing Directors in 2023

From redundancy to recession, directors have a challenging road ahead. We outline the top challenges facing directors... and how to tackle them.

Best Tools for Time-Strapped CEOs and Directors

CEOs and Directors are notoriously short on time and resources. And yet, there are tips, tricks, and tools of the trade that ease the load...

How to Build a Legal Team: Tried and Tested Truths

With insights from Onfido, we tackle how to build a legal team, from getting buy-in, to building a legal function that can scale.

5 Mistakes Founders Make With Their Board of Directors

Getting your board of directors right is crucial. But what mistakes do founders make, and how can you avoid them?

9 Top Tips for Employers During a Recession

Times are challenging for employers. From hiring freezes to redundancy, we explore the options available during a downturn.

Raising Investment for Blockchain Businesses: ICOs to IDOs

Raising investment for blockchain businesses is on the rise. But what avenues are available? From traditional investment to security offerings, we explore.

Things to Think About When Hiring a Web Developer

From costs to IP ownership, there's a lot to consider when hiring a web developer. We break down what you need to think about when hiring a developer.

Trade Mark Registration: What to Think About

A trade mark helps set your business apart from the crowd, but it helps to know what can actually be registered, and what can be protected. Let's explore...

How to Prepare for Due Diligence: Guide and Infographic

An investor will carry out due diligence before investing in your business. What can you do to prepare? We break it down in simple terms.

How to Stop Other People From Using Your Company Name

Do you have a copycat sniffing around your company name? Frustrating, right? In this article, we explain the steps you can take to protect your company name. 

What Documents do you Need on Your Website?

As a business with a website, there are a number of key documents you'll need to host on your site. From privacy policies to terms of use, we break it down.

What are the Key Terms in a Contract Startups Need to Check?

Reviewing contracts can be daunting, and yet, missing key terms can result in big issues. We cut through the noise and highlight key contract terms to check.

Government Update to SEIS Tax Relief: How do UK Businesses Benefit?

The UK gov has announced changes to its Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme or SEIS. What does this mean for your business? And how can you make the most of it?

How do you Terminate a Contract?

So, you need to terminate a contract. What rights are available to you? We discuss the different ways you can put an end to a professional relationship.

Raising Equity Investment: A 7-Step Guide

In this 7-step guide we explain the process of raising equity investment. From getting your house in order, to post-completion matters, we cover it all. 

I Need to Raise Money, What are my Funding Options?

How can you raise money for your business? We tackle equity financing, convertible loan notes, and more.

What's Involved In Selling a Business? A Step By Step Guide.

How do you go about selling your business? How do you navigate legal hurdles? And how do you get the most value for something you’ve worked so hard to build?

Stephenson Law Advises Clausematch on £9Million Deal

As nominees for this year’s Tech Dealmaker of the Year Award, our corporate team are the legal go-to’s...

Hiring From Overseas? The Five UK Working Visas You Need to Know

As the freedom of movement, which came with being part of the EU, disappeared, the government sought to fill the gap in the workforce...

Financial Inclusion and ESG: Making Fintech Equitable

You may have increasingly heard mention of the phrase “financial inclusion”. As many seek to engage with ESG investing...

Good Leaver and Bad Leaver Provisions Explained

Shares or share options attract and reward employees within a business. But what happens when they leave? We tackle good leaver and bad leaver provisions.

Tackling a DSAR: A Step by Step Infographic Guide

Data Subject Access Requests (or DSARs) are when an individual that you process data about contacts your business requesting...

Why Are Statutory Registers So Important?

Statutory registers are an important foundation for your business and serve as records of important aspects of your company structure...

NDAs Explained: The Importance of Confidentiality Agreements

You may have heard of Non-Disclosure Agreements (“NDAs”), but how do they actually work? We explain how to keep your trade secrets, secret.

Everything You Need to Know About Employee Monitoring

We tackle what employee monitoring means in the workplace, the ethics that surround it, and the best practice methods you can use.

Why do International Data Transfers Matter?

When it comes to moving personal data between countries, there's a lot to consider. We tackle international data transfers and how to handle them.

What Are Your Options When Hiring Overseas?

In this article, we explain the legal and tax factors for hiring overseas. We discuss employers of record and legal obligations for employers.

What Ten Things Should You Consider When Selling Your Business?

Running a business comes with a litany of highs and lows. But when it comes to selling, what should be on your mind? We list the 10 things you should consider.

Hiring In-House Versus Using a Legal Partner

For an in-house lawyer working as the sole legal advisor within a fast-growth business is challenging. We outline a solution...

Data Protection Day: What is it? And Why Does it Matter?

Doesn’t it feel like the best days of the year all come at once? Christmas, New Year, Data Protection Day…

The National Security and Investment Act: What it Means

On the 4th of January 2022, the National Security and Investment Act came into force. But what does it mean and how does it impact your business?

What is Web 3.0 and How Does it Impact Financial Services?

Web 3.0 has dominated mainstream media. But what is it? And how is it set to impact financial services? We break down web 3.0 in simple terms.

Who is Protected by Whistleblowing Laws? A Guide.

When former Facebook employee Frances Haugen announced the socials media giant's "unilateral control over...

Stephenson Law Advises Minima on a $6.5m Series A Round

Stephenson Law has advised decentralized network Minima on a $6.5m Series A round. We discuss deal details and what this means for the blockchain disruptor.

Stephenson Law Advises MyTutor on £15m Series B Round

Stephenson Law has advised leading online tutoring platform MyTutor on their successful £15m series B round. We explain the deal in full.

How the New Data Sharing Code of Practice Affects You

On 05 October 2021 the UK Information Commissioner (ICO) confirmed that the new Data Sharing Code of Practice has come into force. But what does this mean?

FinTech Platform Integrated Finance Secures Seed Investment

Stephenson Law has advised FinTech infrastructure platform Integrated Finance on its seed investment round. We dive into the details of the deal.

Stephenson Law Advises PublicBenefit.UK on Nominet Membership Action

Stephenson Law has advised PublicBenefit.UK on Nominet membership action. We explain the ins and outs of the project at hand.

The WFH Problem: Unconscious Bias and Hybrid Working Issues

The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a global overhaul in working practices, with many employees trading in the morning commute...

The Top Three Hiring Issues Facing Modern Employers

Amongst the challenges facing today’s founders, you'd think hiring would be one of the easier tasks on your to-do list...

Data Protection Officers and Representatives: Explained

The data protection world has a series of unique roles, from data protection officers to representatives. We break down what they mean in simple terms.

Stephenson Law advises on sale of EnviroDat

Stephenson Law has advised the shareholders of EnviroDat on the sale of the business. We explain the details of the project and the future of EnviroDat.

5 Key Data Protection Issues for HealthTech

HealthTechs face a unique set of challenges when it comes to data protection. We outline the top 5 data protection issues facing HealthTechs today.

How to Remove an Unwanted Shareholder

In most SMEs, the directors and shareholders are the same people. But what happens when a director leaves the business?

Stephenson Law advises 5G supercharger AccelerComm on Series A

Stephenson Law advised 5G supercharger AccelerComm on their successful Series A. Discover the details of the deal...

Thinking about EMI options? Here's what you need to know

EMI options can be a great way of attracting and retaining top talent. But there's more than meets the eye with the EMI share option scheme...

Avoiding the Common Pitfalls on SEIS and EIS

For startups, raising money is key to ensuring they ‘kick start’ their business. Attracting investors...

Splitting up with your co-founder: what happens next?

Splitting up with your co-founder can be a challenging process. We discuss what happens next and how you can prepare for the worst.

To Pay Up or Not to Pay Up: Business Tractions During COVID-19

As a business owner you need to protect your business against potential risk. We discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the business sector.

Five Reasons to Cheer at the Death of Third-Party Cookies

Third-party cookies are almost as old as the web itself. And yet, they're facing their demise. We explain the pros of the death of third-party cookies.

The Viability of Your Contracts in a Post-Pandemic World

In this article, we tackle the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the long-term viability of contractual relationships. Ready? Let's get started.

Managing your employees through the COVID-19 crisis

Until the government imposes further lockdown conditions, you need to carry out regular risk assessments...

Startup Equity… 5 Things to Consider When Slicing and Dicing

Distributing equity between co-founders is important to consider in the early stages. We outline the five things you need to consider when doling out equity.

Getting Your House In Order for Series A

Your Series A round is probably going to be the first time you and your business comes under the scrutiny of an institutional...

European Court Confirms That Consent for Cookies Means Consent

On 1 October 2019, Europe’s highest court handed down its judgment on a series of questions referred to...

Should you use biometrics in your organisation?

There’s much in the press at the moment about the use of facial recognition technology by the police and other law enforcement...

Tech Startups: Recruiting Your First In-house Lawyer

At the beginning, a lawyer is not going to be on your radar, but pretty soon your tech startup will need a legal expert. We explain what you should be aware of.

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Funding: Maximising Your Potential

There is a wide range of funding resources available for your business. We explain how to maximise your potential and secure the best possible outcome.

Detangling Business Structures: Which One is Right for Me?

We dive into the legal nitty-gritty of business structures, from limited companies to sole traders, and help you decide which one is best for you.

Are Your Trade Secrets Really Secret?

When top-secret information is involved, it's important to have legal protections in place. We outline how to keep your trade secrets, secret.

3 Legal Agreements Every Tech Startup Needs

Are you putting off thinking about legal contracts? Our blog explains the different agreements you may...

Shareholders' Agreements: The Basics

Starting a business is challenging, exciting and usually expensive so we’ll forgive you for pushing...

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