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How To Negotiate University Spin Outs

Investment in UK university spin outs reached £1.11b in 2020, which is a significant increase from the £577m raised in 2011. Although the number of deals has decreased since its peak in 2017, university spin outs remain a popular and important method for UK universities to commercialise their knowledge and research.

This blog outlines some of the key aspects that founders should consider when negotiating university spin outs with the universities themselves.

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The Jonathan Lea Network Sponsors The More Radio Live Event

Last month, we sponsored the More Radio Live event in Worthing. It was highly entertaining and featured five tribute acts, The Spice Girls, Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran, Kylie Minogue and George Michael.  They performed the biggest songs of the last three decades and the crowd had a great time singing and dancing along, even when it started to rain towards the end of the night. Normality was restored as thousands of people gathered together to enjoy the occasion.

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Debt Management Recovery, And Enforcement In A Post-Pandemic World

How to stay ahead of the game, by avoiding debts become bad in the first place, by effective debt management and how to take action to enforce your debts, when to take action and when writing off debts is the most effective solution.

Are you struggling with overdue invoices and having trouble obtaining payment from stubborn debtors? If so, this hybrid seminar / webinar may be beneficial for you. For those that attend the physical webinar event, it also provides an ideal opportunity to network with local business contacts and a free lunch will be provided.

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Simon Brooks Qualifies As A Solicitor

We are proud of our team for their hard work and dedication, while we have always seen it as important to offer career progression opportunities. This month we are delighted to announce that Simon Brooks has become our first trainee solicitor to qualify as a solicitor.

Simon joined us in August 2018 as the first paralegal we employed. At the time we operated from a tiny office in the roof above a small accountancy practice, trading under the insurance and regulatory umbrella of another law firm which Jonathan had joined as a consultant back in 2013. Despite being in our infancy Jonathan was able to interview several recent law school leavers for the role and eventually selected Simon due to his high academic grades, extra-curricular achievements and sense of ambition.

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The potential pitfalls of referring to employee share option plans in employment offers and contracts and how to do so safely

What are employee share option plans and why would you implement them?

Employee share options provide employees with rights to acquire shares in a company (usually the employing company or a member of the same group) at a pre-agreed fixed price (often called the exercise price or strike price) in the future. Normally, the exercise price is the market value of the shares at the time the option is granted.

For example, an employee could be granted an option to buy 100 shares at a price of £1.00 per share.

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