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How to avoid the four most common costly mistakes when hiring a team

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th August 2019
Common costly mistakes when hiring a team. Use this UK focused advice, care of Simon Gilmour, Employment Law Partner for Harper James Solicitors, to help avoid high hiring costs, low workplace morale and mistakes which could have you constantly recruiting. Starting a business means putting together a crack team to help you achieve your dream – but making mistakes with who you hire, how...
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Managing payments, invoices and overdue debt

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th February 2019
From understanding more about how a business can invoice effectively to avoid late payments, to what debt recovery means, how to take legal action against overdue debt, how to make a statutory demand against a company, we chatted to Toby McMurray, Partner at commercial law firm Tughans, to find out more about managing payments. Tughans is one of the largest commercial law firms in Northern I...
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Supplier and business customer negotiations and terms

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th February 2019
From understanding more about supplier and business customer negotiations, to contracts, understanding heads of terms, what should be included in a terms of contract, limitation of liability, through to terms specific to technology and intellectual property, we chatted to Adrian O'Connell, Partner at commercial law firm Tughans, to find out more about supplier and business customer negotiations an...
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Looking at joint ventures

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th January 2019
We found out more about what a joint venture is, why enter into a joint venture, finding the right joint venture partner, the structure of a joint venture and how to set up a joint venture. Tughans is one of the largest commercial law firms in Northern Ireland, providing a full-service legal solution for a range of private and public sector organisations. The firm has successfully served the bus...
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Shareholders and shareholder protection

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th January 2019
From understanding the role of shareholders in running a business, why shareholder protection matters, to the key things to include in a shareholder agreement, Startacus chatted to James Donnelly, Partner at commercial law firm Tughans, to find out more about shareholders and shareholder protection. Tughans is one of the largest commercial law firms in Northern Ireland, providing a full-service l...
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Understanding intellectual property

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th January 2019
From understanding what counts as intellectual property, what type of mistakes businesses make when it comes to their IP, to what to do if you think IP theft has occurred, we chatted to Andrew Kirke, Director at commercial law firm Tughans to find out more about intellectual property. Tughans is one of the largest commercial law firms in Northern Ireland, providing a full-service legal solut...
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Founders’ Agreements – A Quick Guide

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th November 2018
Katie Philipson, Senior Associate at Stevens & Bolton, LLP runs through the key details of a Founders agreement, why you might need one and what should be included in the agreement itself.  What is a Founders’ Agreement? The terms Founders’ Agreement and Shareholders’ Agreement are often used interchangeably. Essentially, a Founders’ Agreement looks to estab...
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NI tech startup scene - Tughans Solicitors chats to Startacus

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st August 2018
John McGuckian, Partner at Tughans Solicitors, chatted to Startacus at this year's Digital DNA about the support Tughans can offer startups, what they look for in investable tech startups and the NI & Belfast tech startup scene. Tughans Solicitors have evolved over the past 100 years into one of the largest as well as a leading commercial law firm in Northern Ireland - and further afield in t...
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Legal Pitfalls for startups

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th June 2018
When starting your own business there are many legal pitfalls startups can fall into. Here's a few common reasons why you could end up in legal hot water. Starting your own business is the dream for a huge number of Brits, with 54% saying they’d like to do so at some point in their career. Being your own boss or slowly building up your own workforce, certainly has something appealing about ...
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Should you expect your legal agreement to be “bullet-proof”?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th April 2016
Legal eagle Thomas Taylor writes for Startacus on a number of important UK business legal issues.  Following on nicely from his previous article on What makes a legal agreement binding, Thomas returns with a great follow up consideration - Should you expect your legal agreement to be bullet-proof? UK Startup Founders’ pens at the ready... Many people expect that because an agreement i...
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