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Luckey breach of NDA not so lucky for Facebook

No doubt you will have seen the headlines flooding social media sites in recent weeks to report that Facebook has been ordered to pay damages totalling $500 million to ZeniMax for various IP related infringements. A pretty hefty figure and a sum of money you might think you would never have to pay up. However, the scenario that tripped Facebook up is probably one that it would be dangerously easy to find yourself in, whatever side of the transaction spectrum you are on – and whether you are an investor or an entrepreneur looking to secure funding, there are lessons to...
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Disabilities and the UK’s Ageing Population – The Case for In-Work Support

Today’s guest blog is has been provided by IntoWork; a Supported Employment charity based in Edinburgh with over 20 years’ experience helping disabled people to access and retain fair employment. IntoWork have an excellent track-record providing tailored advice to employers on disability related issues such as reasonable adjustments to help them maintain diverse workforces, and recruit from a pool of untapped talent that they may not have previously considered.  We hope you enjoy this blog, and please feel free to contact IntoWork at enquiries@intowork.org.uk if you have any questions. The nature of the UK’s ageing population has been well-publicised. In 2007,...
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Health and Safety: Update on the Penalties for Non-Compliance

ALSAT  On the 2nd of March, we were lucky enough to have Alan Laing speak at our highly attended breakfast seminar entitled ‘All you need to know about health and safety in less than an hour’. Alan is a consultant with 25 years of experience in the Health and Safety field.  He loves the profession and is committed to providing expert advice and training to companies in any sector to help them improve standards.  After 6 years with the Health and Safety Executive, working in a wide range of areas - from heavy Engineering to Food, Construction to Care Homes, he...
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“Be a painkiller, not a vitamin.” An evening of speed dating with Scotland’s top investors.

  Scotland’s top investors and eager entrepreneurs are currently in the process of building up to one of the most important events in their calendar – the Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) Conference, which is being held this year at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 11th May 2017.  As part of the run up to the event, I was fortunate enough to attend the EIE “Investor Readiness” workshop last week.  The workshop was based on a “speed dating” format whereby ten investors from different backgrounds each be moved between tables over five rounds of questioning from the audience for the hour. ...
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When is a contractor not a contractor?

  We are often told by economists and journalists that we live in a gig economy: a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term or free-lance contracts as opposed to permanent jobs.   Over 15% of working people in the UK are now self-employed.   To some extent, such an economy favours businesses over individuals as it means they can take on labour without shouldering the burden of employee rights, which can be costly.  Indeed, a Government report has warned that “unscrupulous” employers are in a position to exploit low paid and low skilled workers.  On the flip side for self-employed individuals,...
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