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Do I need to sign a business contract?

All businesses enter into contracts all the time. These contracts may not be custom drafted by… Read more

What contracts does my business need?

Businesses enter into contracts all of the time. However, there are some key contracts that are… Read more

What should I include in a distribution agreement?

A distribution agreement should firstly deal with the appointment of the distributor and the… Read more

Is employing an agent right for my business?

Depending upon the nature of your business an agency agreement may be more suitable to market… Read more

What should I include in an agency agreement?

An agency agreement should detail the agent's authority to enter into contracts on behalf… Read more

What should I include in a licensing agreement?

A licensing agreement will typically be used by business going both ways. For instance, many… Read more

What will a franchise agreement commonly contain?

A common franchise agreement will allow a franchisee permission to use the business model,… Read more

How can I protect my brand?

Why is intellectual property so important for a business?

The success of many businesses is dependent upon the products of human intellect. It may be… Read more

What are the options available to me to protect my business' brand?

There are various protections available for the different forms of intellectual property. The… Read more

When can I obtain copyright?

Copyright protects creative output so long as the artistic work, be it graphic, literary,… Read more

What brands can I trade mark?

To register brand names or logos as trade marks the marks must firstly be capable of being… Read more

How do I protect my new idea for an invention or process?

A patent can be obtained to protect your rights to a new invention. If a patent is granted, the… Read more

What about my business' reputation? Can that be protected?

The best way to protect a business' reputation is through the use of a trade mark. Trade… Read more

Can I keep the secrets of my trade confidential?

The best means of protecting information considered to be confidential is to enter into an… Read more

Terms and conditions

Does my business need standard terms and conditions?

When selling goods or services to a customer the price and the quantity will often be agreed… Read more

What should the terms and conditions of my business cover?

The terms and conditions used by a business very much depend on the type of the goods or… Read more

What are exclusion clauses in terms and conditions?

Exclusion clauses are provisions found in terms and conditions that exclude or limit your… Read more

How far can I limit my liability for issues with my business?

Standard terms and conditions cannot be used to exclude all liability in all circumstances. The… Read more

How to limit liability if I am selling to a consumer?

The law affords much more protection to a consumer than it does to a business. Terms and… Read more

What is a 'consumer'?

A 'consumer' is anyone who buys goods or services from a business in his personal… Read more

Will I have to change my terms and conditions to sell on the internet?

If a business wishes to sell its goods or services to consumers over the internet, it must… Read more

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