Category Archives: Ask the Expert

Expanding to London from the USA can be a legal minefield. Part 2 of Richard Goold’s series asks ‘Subsidiary or Branch?’


Typically when US corporations come to the UK they will set up either: -           a subsidiary (typically a private limited company, which will be a wholly owned legal entity of the US corporation); or -           a branch (which is a …

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London offers tremendous opportunities for a disruptive and game changing tech business expanding from the USA.


However, English law can be minefield! Richard Goold (@gooldrichard), Corporate Partner and Co-Chair of the Tech team at Wragge and Co explains why. In this four part blog, I’m going to look at the following areas that US companies need …

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‘Is the increasing shift to a subscription based economy the end of ownership?’ We asked 6 leading entrepreneurs.


Brian Bell in ‘The Wired World in 2014’ says “Younger consumers…have proven more comfortable with sharing toys, cars,movies and dresses, and are impatient with inefficient models of consumerism….instead of  purchasing physical media that may ultimately end up in a landfill,consumers …

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‘How critical is independence to success? We asked six leading entrepreneurs.’


“I would suspect that (Skype) could have achieved more if it had been an independent company” said Danny Rimer, a partner at Index Ventures” in the Financial Times 29th August (Skype’s first decade reflects a trail of missed opportunity). We …

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‘What innovations will shape architecture in a decades time’ (Wired Magazine July 2013) We asked six of Silicon Roundabout’s leading architects what they thought?!


Chris Patience Partner at EllisMiller Architects Imagine cities enclosed by a super scale mega-structures smart enough to control light and heat, collect water, generate energy, and protect its inhabitants from an increasingly volatile climate. A little Stanley Kubrick perhaps, possible …

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Tech bosses could be the next public enemies (FT 28TH May). We asked five entrepreneurs if they agreed?


Andrew Hill wrote in the Financial Times “Like big banks, tech companies are protected  by a bubble of their own making……and their representatives often exude a sense of entitlement and an overconfidence that technology can solve the worlds problems….” He …

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Where is the architectural blueprint and vision for a neighbourhood at the forefront of London’s digital revolution?


We asked Peter Murray, Chairman of NLA (London’s Centre For The Built Environment) “Blueprint?! Vision?! Masterplan!? That’s not how these things work in London! Silicon Roundabout happened because there was NO masterplan. It grew because there were cheap, no nonsense …

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‘Has the ideas machine broken down?’ We asked eight leading entrepreneurs.


On 12th January 2013 The Economist ran a piece ‘Has the ideas machine broken down?’. The briefing said ‘a small but growing group of economists reckon the economic impact of the innovations of today may pale into comparison with those …

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Apply by 8th January for Seedcamp London 2013. Seedcamp Principal Philipp Moehring tells us what it’s all about.


2012 was a busy year for Seedcamp: They hosted 10 events all around the world, made 23 new investments, took their startups on a four-week tour of the US and hosted the flagship week-long Seedcamp Week event in September. Since …

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Guest Blog; Rosemary Forsyth of Forsyth Group on ‘How to hire the right executive for your tech start up’


You have secured funding for the business and now hiring a CEO, COO or CFO means it’s time to grow up fast for a tech startup. Rosemary Forsyth explains how to avoid a costly mistake! “The founders have done a …

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