What will I learn in the Small Business Legal Academy?

Video Guides

Checklists

Template Documents

Factsheets

Module one: Protecting your business


Week one: protecting your brand, your most important asset

How to obtain trademark protection

Taking your product from idea to reality

Trademark Checklist to guide you through the application process and to save you £££ on legal fees

Trademark Cease and Desist Letter for use when you want to stop someone from using your registered trademark

Passing Off Cease and Desist Letter for use when you want to stop someone from using your unregistered trademark

How to apply for a patent Factsheet

How to protect your brand Factsheet

How to license your Intellectual Property Factsheet

How to choose and protect your business name

IP Assignment Letter (which you will need if someone other than you or your employee created your logo in order to assign the copyright in your logo to you so that you can trademark it)

Business Name Checklist

Business Name Factsheet

Design Rights Factsheet

Trademarks Factsheet

Is my invention patentable Factsheet

Protecting your strapline Factsheet

Week two: protecting your online content

How to stop your competitors from stealing your online content

How to choose your domain name and protect it

Copyright Protection Checklist to guide you through the process of identifying infringing content, protecting against future infringement and enforcing take down and to save you £££ on legal fees

Copyright Cease and Desist Letter which you send to somebody who is infringing your copyright eg lifted your blog

Trademark Cease and Desist Letter which you send to somebody who is infringing your registered trademark

Passing Off Cease and Desist Letter which you send to somebody who is infringing your unregistered trademark

Copyright Notice to protect your copyright on all of your materials

Take Down Notice to send to Internet Service Providers to request that they take down infringing content

Letter to content thief to use where somebody has stolen your online content

Domain Name Transfer Agreement to use when a domain name is being transferred to you, eg because your designer had registered it in their name

Website development agreement to use with your website developer or designer

Do I own the copyright in my content Factsheet

Domain Names Factsheet

Week three: limiting your liability and making sure you get paid

Why you need Terms of Business and what to include in them

How to get paid in full, on time, every time

Terms of business for online stores (e-commerce terms)

Terms of business for providing services business to business

Terms of business for providing services business to consumer

Terms of business for providing goods business to business

Terms of business for providing goods business to consumer

E-commerce terms (for trading online)

Invoice template

Letter demanding payment

Letter before action which you have to send to people in a prescribed format before you lodge a claim at court otherwise there could be costs implications

Terms of Business Checklist to ensure that you have what you need in your existing Terms of Business

Getting Paid Checklist to make sure that you get paid in full, on time, every time.

Insurance Checklist so that you know what insurances you need

Step by step guide to chasing debts

Why you need to have terms and conditions in place Factsheet

Why you need e-commerce terms of use Factsheet

Week four: getting the best deal with suppliers

Negotiating tips and tricks (to get the best deal from your suppliers)

Dealing with suppliers

Supplier Contract Checklist to ensure that you deal with all of the important points when dealing with suppliers to protect your position as best you can and to ensure the best deal

Module 2: complying with regulations


Week five: how to be data protection and website compliance

Email marketing the Legal Way and everything else you need to know about Data Protection

How to make a Data Protection Registration

Data Protection Compliance Checklist

Website Compliance Checklist

Email Marketing Factsheet

Information required on websites Factsheet

Website Terms of Use to keep your website compliant and protect your website and business

Acceptable Use Policy to set out what is acceptable content for users to upload to your site and provide you with sanctions and protections

Privacy Policy to help you comply with data protection regulations and reassure your contacts that you won't misuse their personal data

Cookie Policy to comply with cookie regulations

Opt in Wording to use when gathering personal data such as email addresses

Why you need Website Terms of Use

Week six: avoiding hot water in advertising and social media

All you need to know about Advertising Regulation

The legalities of social marketing

Facebook Promotion Terms

Advertising Compliance Checklist

BONUS: Document Retention Checklist

How to smash Facebook competitions while staying within the law

Social Media Policy

Facebook Rules Checklist

Social Media Checklist

BONUS: Business Stationery Checklist

Module 3: growing your business


Week seven: protecting your business when working with freelancers

Taking on Staff

Taking On Your First Freelancer

Freelance Checklist

Virtual Assistant Agreement

Freelance Agreement

Freelance Status Checklist

Week eight: avoiding employee claims

Employment Rights

Stress Free Recruitment

Employment Status Indicator Checklist

Recruitment Checklist

Offer Letter

Employment Agreement

Disciplinary Procedure

Grievance Policy