Dragons’ Den, the hugely popular BBC television show which sees entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to multimillionaires in order to secure investment, has entertained viewers for a decade. Whilst each of the Dragons are experienced investors in their own right, the subsequent success of many Dragons’ Den rejects raises the question – Do the Dragons really know best?
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Lots of entrepreneurial start-ups and spinouts engage third party developers to build, or assist with building, their key software product. However, not all of these businesses are aware of the legal risk that is inherent in this arrangement. Without taking the proper steps you could be left with a situation where you don’t own the copyright in your software. Here’s a brief rundown on the law regarding copyright in software.
The means by which charitable organisations engage in fundraising has been covered extensively in the media, resulting in reviews of fundraising practices. Regardless of the outcome of the reviews, ensuring that your own organisation's practice is the best it can be in terms of the law is vital.
Customer personal data is one of the most valued assets in corporate asset purchase transactions, giving a purchaser immediate contacts with whom it can begin doing business upon acquisition. But Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) compliance is not to be shirked at and is more than a tick box exercise in these situations - with potential fines of up to £500,000..
A person who witnesses a horrifying event and has a close relationship with someone involved in the event is able to seek damages as a secondary victim. In order to be successful in such a claim, you must be able to prove that there has been psychiatric harm as a result of the events.