Food Delivery Apps – Good for Business?

July 18, 2018
Blog Post

The traditional method of calling up your favourite restaurant and placing your order directly is increasingly being replaced by food delivery apps such as SkipTheDishes, UberEats and Foodora. In an industry know for its slim profit margins, are food delivery apps actually good for business?

Opening a restaurant in Ottawa: How to cut through the red tape

June 18, 2018
Blog Post

If you plan to open your own restaurant, bakery or café – or purchase an existing establishment – navigating the labyrinth of required permits, licenses and bylaw obligations can be confusing. The City of Ottawa offers a Business Ambassador Service with a Business Information Officer (BIO) to assist and guide entrepreneurs in starting their enterprise.

Separating love from business: Legal tips on how to manage your assets alongside family life

May 7, 2018
Blog Post

The balance between life and work has long been a struggle for professionals. And things tend to become all the more complicated when assets – whether in the form of company shares, investments, real estate or otherwise – are brought into the equation. While most people don’t enter into a romantic partnership planning for it to end, breakups nevertheless do happen. And when not managed properly, they can be financially devastating.

Craig O’Brien Talks about slips and falls

January 5, 2018
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In a recent live interview Craig O’Brien talked about what businesses can do to avoid slips and falls on their premises in winter. Below is the transcript of that interview. Intro (Paul): Hi there. My name is Paul Taylor-Sussex from Nelligan O’Brien Payne and today we are chatting with Craig O’Brien who is the head… Read more »

Merry Christmas!

December 19, 2017
Blog Post

The Intellectual Property Group and Business Law Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! All the best in 2018!

Top 6 Risks to Avoid for Online Businesses

October 26, 2017
Blog Post

Statistics Canada reported earlier this year that retail sales in general increased by 4.7% year over year, but e-commerce retail sales increased by a whopping 41.6% over the same period. However, in the rush to get into this burgeoning market, it is also easy to overlook some of the risks.

Toronto Neighbourhood Heats Up Over Copyright Battle

October 13, 2017
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Copyright can apply to a wide variety of creative works. This includes sculpture, paintings and architectural work. An architect generally maintains the copyright in architectural designs unless those designs were developed for a client under the explicit understanding that the client owns the architect’s work product. But what happens when a newly built house appears to bear the exact same design as another house in the same neighbourhood?