We got 99 legal problems, but a legal glitch ain’t one.
We got 99 legal problems, but a legal hitch ain’t one.
Legal disputes are a pain. Whether you’re the founder of a startup or an experienced entrepreneur, there’s always some kind of legal issue lurking in the darkness if you’re not careful.
Worry no more! Here, we have a comprehensive list of legal issues and problems with the legal sector that you should always get help with!
1. Breach Of Contract
2. Copyright Infringement
3. Web Development Gone Wrong
Apple used to say ‘There’s an app for that’ in those ads with the dancing silhouettes, but there’s no app for taking a devious web developer to court. The next best thing however, is preventing a messy dispute in the first place and getting a Web Development Agreement as soon as you work with someone new.
4. Trademark Infringement
When people get a tattoo, it has meaning to them. A trademark represents your brand and its values. It’s not for anyone else to use, and if that’s not respected it could cheapen your brand. Make sure you stake your claim to your startup’s identity by registering your trademark ASAP!
5. Founder Disputes
Business is a lot like love. Exciting and fun at first, but what happens when it all falls apart? Who gets the kids, the house, or the dog? A Shareholders’ Agreement is like a prenup for the next love in your life – your startup.
6. Wrongful Dismissal
7. Employee Disputes
8. Misrepresentation Of Contract
When a contract is badly drafted and there is room for details to be misunderstood, that can cause a helluva problem! Online templates drafted by anonymous ‘lawyers’ are jacks of all trades but masters of none. Find a lawyer who is specialised enough to draft a bulletproof document for your business.
Gossip as a kid meant losing a friend for a day, but now it could mean a hefty fine. Ensure that what you write won’t hurt the reputation of another person, and that you’re legally protected in the event that it .
That goes for what you say, too!
11. Patent Infringement
If you create something that no one else has, make sure that the glory you deserve comes to you! With a patent, your intellectual property (IP) is documented and you can claim ownership of your ideas very easily.Why do the work but have none of the glory? Protect your intellectual property (IP) with a patent.
12. Hiring Employees
Hiring is hard. Create a company culture which ensures that the right people for your business behave as you’d like them too with a carefully drafted staff handbook.
13. Firing Employees
Firing is hard, too! By supporting your employees with a staff handbook, they will know exactly what’s acceptable and what isn’t before the going gets tough and unfortunately. The tough need to get going 🙁
14. Breach Of Data Protection
15. Breach Of Confidentiality
16. Freelancer Dispute
Anyone that works with you on a project-to-project basis should know their rights and their responsibilities! A Consultancy Agreement ensures that every party stays in the know and there no room for issues.
17. Wrongful Termination
18. Non-Compliance With The Companies Act
19. Disputes With Competition
Disputes with competitors are on the rise. Appeals of antitrust, merger, and economic regulatory decisions are also increasingly common because of the high stakes involved. You’ve got to make sure you’ve got an experienced Linkilaw litigator on your side of the battlefield!
Securing funds for your startup is so important. Investors are more likely to trust you with their money if you show a level of maturity whilst handling your business. Creating a legal framework at the beginning of your startup journey is just that.
Investors will trust you with their money if you show a level of maturity while handling your business.Being legally competent shows maturity while handling your business. Investors love that.
21. Disputes With Investors
You might’ve noticed that disputes are easily avoidable by now when legal documentation is created! Avoid the stress that comes with legal misfortune.Quarrels with investors is never good. Avoid them like the plague with the documentation you need
22. Non-Compliance With Financial Conducts Authority
The FCA regulates financial service firms in the UK. By not adhering to their rules, you could end up by being fined, being handed a court injunction, being prevented from carrying out regulated activities, and even have your reputation ruined by a public FCA announcement.The FCA regulates financial service firms in the UK. Go against them and you could be in big trouble
Negligence refers to a failure of a person or entity to exercise a level of care necessary to protect others, whether in interest, or from physical harm, from actions or conditions that may cause them harm. For example, a person who drives 40 miles above the speed limit in a really dangerous way and who causes a car accident and injures someone would be charged with negligence.
24. Breach Of Director’s’ Duties
Directors have a responsibility to oversee the day-to-day runnings of a business whilst being compliant to the Companies Act 2006. Failure to do so will lead to a lot of trouble that no business needs. A Director’s Service Agreement will ensure your directors behave accordingly while managing a successful company.
25. Commercial Lease Gone Wrong
If you are renting a property, make sure that clauses that will protect your interests are included in the lease. Even in the event that your tenant doesn’t behave as you’d like them to, a lease drafted and looked over by an experienced lawyer will minimise the time, effort, and money that it takes to dispute cases in court.
26. Disputes With Landlord
If you think your landlord’s conduct is a bit shifty, have a look at the contract you signed when moving in! If it turns out that the living standards you’ve been subjected to are beyond what was outlined in the contract, then make sure you find an experienced lawyer to help with your case!
27. Entrepreneur Visa Issues
Being an entrepreneur is hard enough without the hassle of worrying about Visas. A specialised immigration lawyer will be able to represent you. Just make sure you have at least £50,000, meet the English requirement, are able to support yourself, and are at least 16 years old.
29. Not Filing Annual Accounts
At the end of a financial year, your company needs to file an account detailing any profits, any losses, and what the company owns, owes, and is owed! At best, you will have this information at hand and will have to deal with some hassle from the tax man; but at worst, it’s a prison sentence. The right lawyer will not only help you with writing these accounts, but also ask to see them if they haven’t already.
30. Not Being Registered For VAT When Selling Goods
If your VAT-taxable turnover is more than £83,000, then it is a must that you are VAT registered. If not, it might still be in your interest to be registered. Having a chat with a friendly lawyer should will make the decision easier.
If you feel like you’ve been wronged, you may be entitled to take legal action! Have a discussion with a lawyer who is motivated to work with you to get the best result, and see where to go from there.
32. Falling Victim To Unlimited Liability
Unlimited liability means that you are completely responsible for any consequences that result from your actions. In a Limited Liability Company, the shareholders are only liable for a determined extent of any debts and issues.
33. Dispute With Board Of Directors
The people in charge of the day-to-day dealings of your business need to work with you – not against you! Creating a solid relationship with a Director’s’ Service Agreement is a must.
34. Breaching The Consumer Rights Act
The CRA is the biggest shake-up of consumer law in a single generation. It is meant for you shoppers that spend 90 Billion per month, to do so with confidence. It gives a consumer all the rights you could possible need. Any business breaching this Act is usually fined.
35. Unexpected Death Of A Business Partner
Touch wood, you never have to experience this. In the unfortunate case that you do, make sure that you get a Partnership Agreement signed by all the partners ASAP. It make everything easier.
Lawyers are expensive, and hourly rates are so 2016. Before you invest your time, money, and energy into legal representation, make sure you know how much it will all cost at the end of the experience.
37. Not Getting On With Your Lawyer
Having a capable lawyer is great, but having a capable lawyer who you like is even better. In any relationship, be that personal or professional, make sure that you never settle. If you struggling to find the right fit, we can help!
38. The Law Is Complex
Supposedly, lawyers understand the law, so that you don’t have to. We think it doesn’t have to be that way. Find a lawyer who takes the time to understand you and make sure that you understand them.
39. Not Knowing Who To Turn To
Whether your legal issue is personal or professional, it’s tough to deal with. If someone you trusted in the past has let you down, finding a lawyer that will have your back is essential.
40. Not Having The Time To Find The Right Lawyer
41. Time Is Running Out
42. Not Being Able To Find Investment
43. Not Spending Time With Your Family
44. Lack Of Transparency
45. Lack Of Accountability
Let’s be honest – people don’t trust lawyers. We’re here to change that. Here at Linkilaw, we oversee all our lawyers’ work to make sure they are held accountable to you.
46. Spiralling Legal Fees
There is a lack of transparency in how much lawyers charge per hour, how many hours it will take to complete the work, or how many lawyers it will take. For us non-billionaires this usually leads to our eyes popping out of our skull as soon as we see the final bill.
47. Non-Compete Disputes
Disputes can arise when an employee begins working with another company after they have a signed a clause stating that they will work only for their current employer. These can drag out and make you haemorrhage money. Consider yourself warned.
48. Abandoned Merger
You have planned to merge with another company but an unfortunate event has made it impossible. You will probably have financial consequences if the merger procedure has already started.
49. Acquisition Gone Wrong
Just look at what happened to Sony. The expensive ($4.8 billion) acquisition of Columbia Pictures in 1989 probably seemed to be good strategy as it beefed up its entertainment efforts. It didn’t work out that way, though, and wound up being a $3.2 billion net loss for the company just five years later.
50. Commercial Disputes
These disputes often arise from a payment default on the delivery of goods or a dispute concerning the payment or completion of a commercial project. You need a specialist lawyer if you’re to come out on top.
51. Losing Tier 2 Sponsorship
When you finally get a skilled job in the UK – the one you’ve always dreamed of – but lose it because of a visa issue, your heart may literally break. It could have been all avoided if you got a Linkilawyer to look over your documents.
52. Debt Recovery
It’s 7 a.m., someone knocks at your door, a man with a suit introduces himself: He is a debt collection agent. He threatens to send you thousands emails and to come back everyday until you pay your debt. Basically it’s the recovery procedure when you don’t pay your debts.
53. Conflicts Of Interests
A conflict of interest is a circumstance where a relationship with one thing could influence the decisions you make on another. This could happen in a business where the director, for example, has a relationship with an indirect competitor, which could influence the director to make unfavourable decisions towards the business or its competitor – the director’s interests are conflicted.
54. Breach Of Investment Agreement
Sometimes when an investment is made, it falls through. When it does, prepare yourself to head into litigation. Here you could shell out a snowballing amount of money. Make sure you have your legal documents in place beforehand to prepare for every eventuality.
55. HR Policy
This policy lays out how employees should handle a range of employment issues. If your HR department, or you, doesn’t follow this adequately, prepare to be taken to an employment tribunal.
56. Giving Away Too Much Equity
If you’re approached by an investor when first starting out and they ask for 50% of your business – don’t unwittingly give it away. Get a lawyer to check out the deal.
57. Whether To Sell Or Not
Big question! But quite easy to answer. Examine the market, ask professionals in order to find out if it is the perfect time to sell especially for shares!
58. Employee Letters
These letters can be any number of things: make an offer of employment, be a written warning, a notice of termination. You must however ensure they’ve been written by a qualified lawyer to cover yourself.
59. Registering A Trademark
This is an aspect of your brand which you must register as a trademark to protect it. Trademarks tend to be names, logos, or taglines and are protected within the territory you register them in.
60. Applying For A Patent Application
If you have a great idea that is new and inventive – protect it! Make sure you apply for a patent! It might be a long and expensive route now, but it will save you stress and money in the long term.
61. Late Invoices
If you forget to pay invoices, you could be taken to court and forced to shell out lots of money you may not have. Don’t waste time and pay these invoices now!
62. Drafting Commercial Contracts
It’s hard to write a good commercial contract. You need to make sure that it’s drafted with all the parties in mind, and that it’s clear in the eventuality that something in your business goes wrong. An online template just won’t do.
63. Being Unhappy With The Lawyer You Have
Your solicitor doesn’t return your phone calls? They’re never available? Your case should be a priority, and if they don’t treat it as one, then find another lawyer! A marketplace is good if you don’t know where to look, or who to trust because you can search for lawyers based on specialty and personality instead of going for the cheapest one when you’re bootstrapped, or an expensive one because you think that’s best.
64. Letter Proposing Payment In Instalments
This letter details the terms of debt repayment if you can’t pay off the whole debt. You also can use this application for instalment payment to try and stop creditors from taking further action against you.
65. Dissolving A Partnership
66. Closing A Limited Liability Partnership
Though still the most common trading model for service providers, there may come a time when you need to close down an LLP. You need to ensure you have a lawyer overlook the process to ensure it’s legal and does not come back to bite you in the arse later.
67. Issuing Share Certificates
Share certificates are legal documents given to shareholders by the company. Besides acting a legal tender, they specify the number of shares and other relevant information.
69. Thinking Legal Issues Can Be Dealt With Later
70. How Do I Know If My Lawyer Is Good?
71. Lack Of Support
72. Office Sharing Agreement
73. Appointing A Non-Executive Director
74. Loan Agreement
Awesome, you have a loan! Are you planning to buy a house? A car? Little tip: If you ever forget how much you have to pay back each month, don’t worry, the loan agreement reminds you all your obligations!
75. Breaching Terms And Conditions
Whether your Terms and Conditions for your business are on your website or on paper, if they’re breached, you have the right to go to court! Find a lawyer who has your best interests at heart!
Redundancies are tough on everyone involved. As an employer, you need to make sure you’re following the law when letting go of staff. As an employee, you have the legal right to take your former employee to court if you feel like you’ve been treated unfairly. In both cases, seek legal advice.
77. Gross Misconduct
Just because your employees work at a startup doesn’t mean that you should accept bad behaviour from your staff. Make sure you write a solid staff handbook with the support of a specialised lawyer to let them know what you’ll accept and what you won’t.
78. Health And Safety Policy
Every good business has good Health and Safety protocol. If you care about the wellbeing of your employees and the reputation of your business, make sure your Health and Safety Policy is looked over by a lawyer that means business.
79. Breaching Regulations
80. Working Time Directive Opt Out
This directive prevents individuals from working more than 48 hours a week, however you can opt-out of this by signing a contract. You can not opt out or work more than 40 hrs a week if you’re under the age of 18.
81. Break Notice
A tenant’s notice to terminate a lease in accordance with a break clause. The notice should be served in duplicate and the landlord asked to sign and return the duplicate as acknowledgment of receipt.
82. Notice Of Breach Of Covenants
83. Not Having An Exit Strategy
84. Assignment Of Intellectual Property
85. Not Raising From An Accredited Investor
86. Supplier Dispute
87. Website Terms And Conditions
88. Ending A Contract
89. Warranties In Share Purchase Agreement
A warranty is a contractual statement or assurance given by the seller to the buyer that a certain state of affairs exists. They are typically included in a share purchase agreement and cover most areas of the business.
90. Subcontracting Work
91. Defending A Claim
92. Getting Sued
93. Alternatives To Legal Actions
Don’t go to court, it’s costly and so long. Try another way. For instance, ask a debt collection agency to collect your unpaid and undisputed debt for you! Or don’t hesitate to petition the government in an environmental issue! They will make your life easier.
94. Employee Grievances
95. Asset Purchase Agreements
These are agreements between a buyer and a seller that finalises terms and conditions related to the purchase and sale of a company’s assets. They must be drafted by a legal specialist or you can bet you’ll getting sued.
96. Initial Public Offering
When a company goes public for the first time, it is pivotal that all the legal documents are in order. Many an IPO has failed because of non-existent legal documentation. Don’t be silly, be healthy legally!
97. Share / Stock / Growth Metrics Inflation
When going through an IPO or trying to attract investment, many businesses allegedly inflate their value – even some of the big ones! Be honest. Don’t run the risk of being sued by the investors, or employers.
98. Business Structures
When you start a business, thinking about the repercussions of your chosen business structure might not seem like a priority. However, if you don’t get in the know you could end up standing in front of a judge because you were not aware you had to pay corporation tax or file annual returns.
If your employer has treated you with discrimination, you have every right to take them to an employment tribunal. Make sure you have an experienced and caring lawyer in your corner to make this legal problem disappear.
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