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Why Work with (or for) Cracknell Law?

Our Head of Corporate, James Wilkinson, recently joined us. Let him describe, in his own words, why he chose Cracknell Law.   I had been looking to make a move for almost a year. My background is Corporate and Commercial law in London and I took a recent detour to focus on developing some really interesting legal tech but I missed practice. In particular, I was missing the long-term relationships that I had built with some of my former clients. I should add that I have also spent time working with a number of start-up businesses and have thoroughly enjoyed the excitement...

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Cracknell Law Expands its Corporate Team with Two Senior Hires

  We are delighted to announce that James Wilkinson has joined Cracknell Law as a Director and Head of Corporate Services and Hannah Lawley has joined Cracknell Law as a Senior Associate and Corporate Solicitor. Before joining Cracknell Law, James worked with Kemp Little and Fladgate in London and also spent some time in industry, working on contract automation and drafting technology at LexisNexis, a global legal technology business. James has varied experience across both Commercial & Corporate matters including: M&A, Acquisitions & Disposals, Indirect Real Estate, Commercial Contracts, Shareholder Agreements, Subscription Agreements, Joint Ventures, Partnership/LLP Agreements, Share Buy Back, Employee Incentive Schemes,...

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Brexit Pt.2: So, When Are We Leaving The EU?

  We are now just under 10 weeks away from 23:00 on 29th March 2019; the time at which the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. So, we must know broadly what will have changed by the time we reach our desks at 09:00 on 1st April? Frankly at the current rate of Government defeats in Parliament, in-fighting within both the governing and opposition parties and increasing pressure being applied by the representatives of the individual countries forming the UK, the first half of this Article may have changed by the time the final word is written.   The Prime Minister...

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Brexit Pt.1: Preparing for the Unknown

Brexit means Brexit, right? It’s not often that we can quote Oasis in our articles (sadly), but ‘definitely maybe’ seems particularly applicable right now. Who on Earth knows at this point quite frankly?! Who else thought that over two years after the ballots had been counted, it would all be a bit clearer how this would affect you and your business? No doubt, you would at least expect there to have been the slightest semblance of clarity of how the UK business scene will look at the end of the process. You are probably not alone in that. While we are all...

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Have You Just Accidently Varied Your Contract?

- A: “That term in the contract that says that “the Agreement can only be varied in writing” is enforceable, isn’t it? Surely? Why else would it be there?” - B: “Well, I know it says that in the contract, but we trust each other right? So we can just agree a little amendment between us and make that the case going forward. It just makes things easier doesn’t it? You may fall into one of the two mindsets above and depending on which one applies, you probably haven’t considered that the other mindset exists. You either favour the ‘black and white’...

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Will post-Brexit Britain be ‘Adequate’?

If you were to hold a straw poll of the people of Britain (I’ve purposefully avoided the term ‘referendum’) and ask which two terms they would like banished from the lexicon in 2018, it’s a safe bet that amongst the huddle of phrases such as “on fleek” and “squad goals”, “Brexit” and “GDPR” are likely to come somewhere near the top of the list. Much like their counterparts in the list (admittedly, I had to look them up online) they are highly unlikely to disappear soon, especially with the countdown to Brexit about to tick past the six month marker. Assuming...

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GDPR Email Traps

    Fed up of seeing those pesky GDPR emails? As we are helping a large number of clients with their privacy programs, we have been assisting them with wading through the deluge of Privacy Notices and Data Protection Addendums (DPAs) that are appearing in everyone’s inboxes. Here are a couple of thoughts on these emails from a Commercial Lawyer’s perspective:     1. IMPLIED ACCEPTANCE If you try to impose a DPA on a business by implied acceptance (i.e. by saying if you don’t sign, you will be deemed to have agreed to the terms if you don’t reply), it’s probably not going to be binding. Some businesses...

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If you treat Commercial Law assistance as a distress purchase, you’re doing it wrong

We all fear the unknown. This is especially true when engaging unexpected legal services where the process can be unfamiliar and costs can be excessive, unplanned and sometimes unachievable. No-one wants to pay to deal with property issues, family disputes or defences to combat unwarranted litigation – it’s just something that needs to be dealt with. However, Commercial Law should not be viewed in this way. Commercial agreements are the lifeblood of businesses – without having a written contract, you risk the relationship / deal / transaction falling apart without any consideration of the legal repercussions. Uncertainty can create a dispute...

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The Rise of the Data Processing Addendum

The Christmas tree is upside down in the bin, the left-over turkey is finally finished and the to-do list for 2018 is starting to take shape. It goes without saying that four particular letters will adorn almost every business strategy board for at least the next four months and unsurprisingly, those letters are GDPR. Prioritising With only four months to go it’s fair to say that a little urgency is required but there’s still plenty of time to finalise, continue or even start a well-planned compliance programme. The obvious question is, as time ticks away, what actions should you prioritise? A smart...

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A Guide to Surviving the GDPR: Part 2/2

Hopefully after completing the steps in Part 1 of our Guide to Surviving the GDPR series (or creating a fantastically detailed plan for tackling those early stages) you will most probably have accumulated a large pile of data (hard-copy, digital or both) containing a seemingly unending volume of personal information. In this article, we discuss the next steps to take when implementing your GDPR compliant privacy strategy. Spring clean your data: Completing the data inventory and assigning the applicable lawful basis to each item of personal data should help you clear out the ‘dead wood’ and minimise data you no longer...

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