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Is fingerprint technology against GDPR?

Napthens - July 5th 2019
Clients often want advice on how to navigate GDPR. One question that comes up is the use of fingerprint recognition technology in door entry systems - does GDPR permit this and does it impose any requirements on businesses?
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Entrepreneurs’ Relief Update – A welcome relief

Napthens - February 19th 2019
Back in December we highlighted some important changes which apply to the availability of Entrepreneurs’ relief (ER). ER is a tax relief which in general terms reduces the rate of capital gains tax on the disposal of shares in a private company from 20% to 10%.
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Budget sees important change to entrepreneurs’ relief

Napthens - December 5th 2018
November’s budget introduced an important change to entrepreneurs’ relief.
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Commercial agreements – do you need a “Brexit Clause”?

Napthens - October 3rd 2018
One of the words most commonly associated with the impact of Brexit on the economy, business, immigration and life in general is ‘uncertainty’; nobody really knows yet what the precise impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union across multiple sectors will be.
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The GDPR: so many myths…so little time

Napthens - February 22nd 2018
The General Data Protection Regulation, the biggest change to Data Privacy law in a generation, will come into force on the 25th May. Not even Brexit will stop it.
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Empower your staff – protect your business

Napthens - December 11th 2017
Do your sales team and other customer and supplier-facing staff understand the importance of ensuring that you trade on your terms and conditions? Do they know how to avoid accepting (albeit inadvertently) a customer or supplier’s terms and conditions? Could they explain to a customer or supplier what a specific provision in your terms and conditions does and means?
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Does the GDPR apply to all personal data?

Napthens - September 14th 2017
Our specialist technology lawyer, Phil Browns answers the question 'does the GDPR still apply to personal data'? The short answer is no, the longer answer (which by no means is the longest), is still no, and this is why...
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Do you know what is in your articles?

Napthens - July 17th 2017
A company’s articles of association are the rules and regulations that govern the day to day management of a company and the conduct of its business.
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Small firms in data security warning

Napthens - May 18th 2017
Phil Brown, a specialist technology lawyer at regional law firm Napthens, is urging small businesses to regularly review their cyber security. Phil warns that many consider such security only an issue for large businesses, but recently a smaller online retailer was hit with a £55,000 fine by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) following a security breach.
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Changes to terms and conditions for Cloud storage users

Napthens - March 28th 2017
Cloud storage services allow customers to store, manage, organise and retrieve their data online. A variety of devices such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets allow consumers to upload and download data from personal cloud storage accounts. Many such devices rely on access to cloud storage, which reduces the need for internal memory on the device itself whilst also providing more advances features such as shared access and editing.
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Why are restrictive covenants important in sale and purchase of businesses?

Napthens - October 18th 2016
The recent case of Millen v Karen Millen Fashions Ltd & Anor, is an important reminder for all companies who are selling their business to consider any restrictive covenants in the sale and purchase agreements.
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Why should my staff understand contract law?

Napthens - October 18th 2016
Standard terms and conditions are good. They provide uniformity across all contracts and are used in some form or another in most businesses. They do have failings though: firstly, they need to be properly incorporated into the contract; and secondly, even if they are incorporated, care needs to be taken to ensure that they are not inadvertently varied.
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Protecting against currency fluctuation in a post-Brexit world

Napthens - August 8th 2016
One of the words most commonly associated with the impact of Brexit on the economy, business, immigration and life in general is ‘uncertainty.’ Nobody really knows or can anticipate the actual impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
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Annual Return Forms replaced

Napthens - August 8th 2016
From the 30 June 2016, every company must now confirm that the information held at Companies House is correct by completing a Confirmation Statement (Companies House form CS01). This replaces the Annual Return form, AR01.
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Board minutes – back to basics

Napthens - August 8th 2016
For most companies, a decision of the board of directors will happen informally and without the need for a formally called board meeting. Key decisions are made day-to-day and are frequently not formally scheduled or documented.
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Statutory Demands

Napthens - June 13th 2016
When should I, as business operator, financial controller or finance director use statutory demands?
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