e-Commerce and Internet/IT Law

Information Technology (IT) is a growth area not just within industry and commerce, but law too. At Downs we provide excellent legal advice to industry and professionals working in IT with a knowledge and experience that means that we understand the issues that may arise and can help you overcome them.

If you are a business or individual working in IT, you will be used to the fast pace of change within your industry. Sadly law has not always kept up with this pace, and there have been too many reported issues surrounding data protection, privacy breaches or contracts that fail to take into account the idiosyncrasies of the industry.

Too often businesses have to make do with lawyers who may be technically proficient at general commercial work, but are not experts within the IT field, and so do not understand how contracts within telecoms or technology ventures will work. This can seriously hamper your chances of negotiating effective agreements with suppliers, customers or contractors. Our lawyers have real-world commercial experience in the fields of telecoms and technology, including incorporating, managing and running Internet start-ups and telecoms companies. This, combined with our corporate and general commercial offerings make Downs the ideal legal partner for your company. Additionally, we have lawyers who are members of the Design Business Association and the International Association of IT Lawyers.

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Coronavirus Update - CJRS Bonus - Are you eligible?

Back in the summer the Chancellor announced that employers could receive a one-off payment of £1,000 for every employee who had previously been furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme  provided they remained continuously employed to the end of January 2021.  Businesses will be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus from 15 February 2021 and the Government has stated that further guidance will be provided by the end of January 2021.

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What is a family investment company (FIC)?

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