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Latest articles from Louise Torr

  • Scottish EDGE Round 9

    Scottish EDGE Round 9

    The Scottish EDGE Round 9 competition was another day full of pitching, networking, and inspiration, with over £1.3million being awarded to the businesses. This time there were 218 applications received, with only 21 applications making it through to the final held in Gogarburn yesterday.

  • What will the FCA's crackdown on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending mean?

    What will the FCA's crackdown on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending mean?

    Earlier today, the FCA made a formal announcement of its plans to further regulate crowdfunding and peer-to peer-lending in the UK in 2017. The last time we saw formal regulation from the FCA in relation to these two sectors was in April 2014, and given the growth of alternative methods of raising finance an increase of regulation in this sector has therefore been expected. But what could it mean?

  • What is a series of trade marks?

    What is a series of trade marks?

    Where a number of trade marks have closely resemble each other, and the differences between them do not affect the distinctive character or identity of the trade mark, it is possible to file an application for a series of trade marks. This article examines what constitutes a series.

  • Why should you seek professional legal assistance rather than using online templates?

    Why should you seek professional legal assistance rather than using online templates?

    Access to legal document templates is becoming ever-easier and cheaper for online users due to the rapid expansion of the online legal services market. However, what many potential users do not know are the potential dangers and complications that often arise from taking such an approach. Caution should be exercised when using online templates, and here are some of the reasons why.

  • FCA announces review of crowdfunding regulation

    FCA announces review of crowdfunding regulation

    Crowdfunding, and in particular crowdlending, has become huge. As the crowdfunding market continues to grow, the FCA has launched a review of the existing regulation of the sector. Here, we take a look at what that might mean for the future of crowdfunding in the UK.