Investment, right for you?

Ciara Lagan

There are currently very different perspectives of the economic forecast for Northern Ireland. According to recent press, there is a high level of investment in local businesses but beware the spectre of public sector austerity and the restraining pressures of the Eurozone. Tughans work with both local businesses seeking investment and funders looking to invest ...

Online Trading – What’s New?

Adrian O’Connell

Selling online is hardly a new phenomenon. What has taken a number of businesses by surprise however is the sharp level of its growth in recent years. Ofcom has recently stated that UK adults now spend more time using technology devices than they do sleeping. In 2008, 53% of adults bought online, today some 74%. ...

Need to Capitalise on Increased Interest from US Investors

James Donnelly

Business headlines over the past 9-12 months have heralded an “invasion” of US investors into Northern Ireland. At Tughans, in the first quarter of 2014/2015 we have acted on two major corporate transactions involving US takeovers of Northern Irish companies (one being the acquisition of Whale Pumps in Bangor by Brunswick Corporation and the other ...

Protecting Your Brand

Adrian O’Connell

We are concerned that a competitor is copying our brand in order to gain our custom. We do not have any registered trademarks. What can we do? Of course registering marks, to include names and logos, puts a party in the strongest possible position to deal with any copycatting. However, even in the absence of ...

Brexit Update – English challenge succeeds

Patrick Brown

Less than a week after the High Court in Belfast dismissed a legal challenge to the Prime Minister’s ability to trigger Article 50 using prerogative powers, the High Court in London has reached the opposite conclusion.  The English High Court has supported the challenge led by Gina Miller, a London-based investment manager, and has ruled ...

Changes to Employment Law

Anna Beggan

Other than essential changes to bring us in line with EU requirements, Northern Ireland’s employment laws have barely changed in the last two years. Changes to employment laws in GB, however, have resulted in a period of uncertainty for Northern Irish employers. As we await the outcome of various consultations undertaken in 2013, I have ...