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Consumer Law Rules for Refunds and Returns: Infographic

We tackle the rights and rules associated with consumer law. From your obligations as a provider, to customer rights, let's dive into consumer law rules.

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...

Website Terms of Service Explained: A How to Guide

Selling services? You'll need Website Terms of Service. Dive into our guide on what they achieve, what to include, and why you need them.

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.

What is a Termination of Employment Letter? Employer Guide

A termination of employment letter is used to formally end the contract of an employee. But what should you be aware of when using one? Let's dive right in.

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.

Twitter, Toxicity, and the Future of the Working World

Elon Musk's Twitter takeover: is this the turn of a new leaf or the collapse of an empire? We outline what it all means for the future of work.

What is a Shareholders Agreement? And Why do They Matter?

A shareholders agreement is key to shielding companies and shareholders alike from risk. But why do they matter so much? And what should they include?

Is an Email Legally Binding? Email Exchange Risks and Tips

Emails are big business, but are they legally binding business? We break down what makes an email a contract, and our top tips for avoiding risk.

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?

Online Marketplaces Explained: Rules, Risks, and Requirements

Setting up an online marketplace? Hoping to sell products or services through one? Explore our guide on the rules and risks of online marketplaces.

10 Things Founders Need to do When Starting a Business

From contracts to shares, to financing, founders have a lot to do when setting up their business. We provide the ultimate checklist to get started.

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.

The Basics of Cookies: DIY Data Protection Guide

Cookies serve a range of purposes, but if handled poorly, they can get you in hot water. We explore the basics of cookies, and what to look out for.

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.

Legal Things to Think About When Hiring a Freelancer

Hiring a freelancer can help propel your business forward on a flexible basis. But what things should you think about before hiring one? We explore all. 

Sole Trader Vs Limited Company: The Pros and Cons

When setting up your own business, you'll need to decide how to structure your company. In this article, we tackle sole traders versus limited companies.

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...

Intellectual Property and How to Protect it

From trade marks to copyright, there's quite a lot to consider when protecting your intellectual property. We break down IP, and how to protect it.

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.

Legal Tips for Businesses: Social Media Stumbling Blocks

Social media is a powerful tool for business, but it can also go very, very wrong. We break down the do's and don'ts of using social media for business.

The Legal Guide to Email Marketing and Consent

Email is a remarkably useful tool for marketing, and yet - it has it's rules. We discuss PECR, GDPR, and the risks of email marketing.

When Should you use a Convertible Loan Note?

A convertible loan note can be a handy asset for start-ups to generate money, but what are their advantages and disadvantages? We break it down.

When Should you use an Advance Subscription Agreement?

In this blog, we discuss advance subscription agreements - when to use them, when not to use them, and the benefits that lie in wait.

B2B Marketing in a Recession: Succeeding in Lean Times

In a downturn, B2B marketing is often cut. And yet, it's the very thing to push companies forward. We tackle tips and tricks for B2B marketing in a recession.

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?

I've Launched a Business: What Insurance Do I Need?

Arranging insurance for your business is crucial. In this guide we discuss employers' liability insurance, cyber insurance, and more.

Pre-Employment Checks: Your Ultimate Checklist for New Hires

You've made a new hire! What's next? We outline the pre-employment checks you'll need to consider, from the Right to Work in the UK, to Medical Information.

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?

What is a Trade Mark?

Save for dry and boring dictionary definitions, in essence, a trade mark does what it says on the tin. It marks your ‘trade’. In other words, it...

Series A Investment: The How-To Guide for Founders

What’s the deal with Series A, B, and C investment? In this blog, we break down Series A investment in detail.

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.

Five Tips to Simplify the FCA Authorisation Process

So you’ve got a business idea and you’re going to go for it. But you realise that by doing it, you’re going to have to be authorised...

Why You're Struggling to Launch Your Fintech Business

You've had a great idea for a new fintech product. Let's say is a payments platform allowing users to transact with users elsewhere in the world...

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...

Celebrating Ethical Game-Changers: The Legal Obligations of B Corps

March is B Corp month and if you’re anything like us, you likely enjoy hearing the stories of B Corp certified...

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...

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?

Google Undergoes a Data Protection Change

If you use Google to support your business (who doesn’t?!) you’ve probably received a notification from them...

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...

Top Five Legal Considerations When Dealing with NFTs

In a previous blog we explained what NFTs are and explored the rationale behind their popularity, but what are some...

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?

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.

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.

Sharing the Love (of How Shares Work!)

When you incorporated your start-up at Companies House, chances are that you gave lots of thought to its name, the directors, and the...

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...

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.

A Whistle-Stop Tour of NDAs

You’re working hard to build your business. You’re speaking to a prospective partner or supplier and need to share confidential...

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.

Starting a Business: Your Legal Checklist

When starting a business there's a lot to consider, not least the legal protections available to your company. We explore these in detail.

The Importance of Having an Employment Contract

We outline the importance of employment contracts, from what to include, to the challenges of not having one. Explore the top 5 things you should consider.

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...

Legal Documents Aren’t Very Sexy, but They’re Extremely Important

Get your legal foundations right, and you'll go far. We count down the most important legal documents you need to be aware of.

Shareholders' Agreements: The Basics

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

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