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Legaleze news 2013 July to December

24/12/2013
Police officer awarded GBP 60.000 damages for libel
Subject: Defamation

20/12/2013
HGV Road User Levy (Exemption of Specified Roads) Order 2014
Subject: Transport of goods/HGV road user levy

20/12/2013
Court of Appeal rules on accident repair and courtesy car costs
Subject: Negligence/damages

19/12/2013
New minced meat labelling laws
Subject: Food selling and manufacturing

19/12/2013
Government response to consultation on Industrial and Provident Societies
Subject: Co-operatives

19/12/2013
Responses published on Banking draft secondary legislation consultation
Subject: Financial services/Banking

19/12/2013
Banking Reform Bill receives Royal Assent
Subject: Financial services/Banking

18/12/2013
HC Health Committee criticises Nursing and Midwifery Council
Subject: Nursing and Midwifery

18/12/2013
OFT gets quick house sale companies to improve practices
Subject : Estate agents. Selling and marketing/Sales to consumers/Advertising

16/12/2013
ASA adjudications: 1 & 1 Internet
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

16/12/2013
Supreme Court website addresses change underlines judicial independence
Subject: Law, lawmakers and lawyers

16/12/2013
Complaints down as councils hold chuggers to account
Subject: Charities/Fund raising/Self-regulation (E,W)

16/12/2013
Court of Appeal rejects one and allows a second PPI mis-selling appeal
Subject: Consumer credit businesses/Extortionate credit bargains

14/12/2013
New regulations to replace distance and doorstep selling regulations
Subject: Selling and marketing/Distance and off-premises sales to consumers

13/12/2013
Smoke flavouring legislation published
Subject: Food selling and manufacturing

13/12/2013
Reform to sports and recreation Regulations
Subject: Source: Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

12/12/2013
Pharmaceutical group agrees to pay over GBP 380k in care home medicine cartel
Subject: Competition law/cartels

11/12/2013
ASA adjudications: Halfords and RSPCA
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

10/12/2013
Consultation responses on supporting the employee-ownership sector
Subject: Taxation/employers

10/12/2013
HMRC launches PAYE reporting help for micro businesses
Subject: Taxation/Employers

09/12/2013
HGV and PSV operators reminded of new financial standing levels
Subject: Transport of goods; Transport of passengers - public

09/12/2013
Tribunal upholds penalty on bookkeeper for failure to register under MLR
Subject: Money laundering regulation

09/12/2013
Composer fails in case against music charity
Subject: Charities/litigation

06/12/2013
Autumn Statement 2013
Subject: Finance and funding. Government SME policy

06/12/2013
EU Council approves COSME programme
Subject: Finance and funding. EU policy on SMEs

05/12/2013
Guidance: Control of substances hazardous to health
Subject: Health and safety at work

05/12/2013
Defamation law reform implemented
Subject: Defamation (EW)

05/12/2013
Harrison and others v Technical Sign Company Ltd and others
Subject: Negligence

05/12/2013
Charity Commission responds to NAO report
Subject: Charities (EW)

03/12/2013
Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013
Subject: Food selling and manufacturing (E)

02/12/2013
Micro-entity accounts implemented
Subject: Limited companies

30/11/2013
Court of Appeal refers state aid issue to ECJ in Addison Lee bus lane case
Subject: Passenger transport – hackney carriages and private hire vehicles

29/11/2013
EU Commission proposes rules to help protect confidential business information
Subject: Intellectual property

29/11/2013
Company fined GBP 120,000 by regulator for premium phone scam
Subject: Telecommunications/Premium services and telephone numbers

29/11/2013
IPO consults on extended copyright licensing
Subject: Intellectual property/Copyright

28/11/2013
Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales abolished
Subject: Employment/Minimum wages (E,W)

28/11/2013
Christian hotel keepers lose same sex couple discrimination appeal in SC
Subject: Selling and marketing/Discrimination

27/11/2013
ASA adjudications: Clement Holdings Ltd
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

27/11/2013
Use of zero-hours contracts has been ‘underestimated and demonised’
Subject: Employment/contracts/zero hours

26/11/2013
Non-compete clause in share sale agreement not enforceable
Subject: Contract law.  Competition law/restraint of trade at common law

25/11/2013
London sports club sentenced for corporate manslaughter over banana boat ride
Subject: Health and safety at work/Corporate manslaughter

25/11/2013
Government to cap payday loan costs
Subject: Consumer credit businesses

23/11/2013
Spirit Drinks (Costs of Verification) Regulations 2013
Subject: Food and drink selling and manufacturing/Manufacture of spirits (E, S, W)

23/11/2013
Rogue PPI claim companies targeted by fines and toughened regulations
Subject: Claims management companies

23/11/2013
Damages for premature termination of consultancy contract
Subject: Contract/remedies for breach/damages

22/11/2013
Credit hire agreement signed at home held unenforceable
Subject: Selling and marketing/ Contracts made at Consumer's Home

21/11/2013
ASA adjudications: 192.com
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

20/11/2013
REACH Enforcement (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Subject: Regulated products/Asbestos

19/11/2013
PhonepayPlus guidance on digital marketing and promotions
Subject: Telecommunications/Premium rate services

19/11/2013
EU Commission proposes to expand European Small Claims Procedure
Subject: Litigation and dispute resolution

19/11/2013
Guidance on employee ownership and share buy backs
Subject: Limited companies; Employment

19/11/2013
Workplace health, safety and welfare guidance
Subject: Health and safety at work

19/11/2013
HK internet TV provider lose ‘NOW’ trade mark suit
Subject: Intellectual property/trade marks/passing off

19/11/2013
Global Radio Holdings lose competition appeal

Subject: Competition law/mergers

16/11/2013
Stockbrokers allowed to enforce gardening leave clause
Source: British and Irish Legal Information Institute

15/11/2013
Film studios win film website blocking orders
Subject: Intellectual property/Copyright

15/11/2013
ECJ ruling on misleading advertising directive
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising to consumers

15/11/2013
Utopia Tableware wins beer glass design claims
Subject: Intellectual property/Design right

15/11/2013
Cruise entertainers lose tax appeal
Subject: Tax/Income tax/Employment and self-employment

13/11/2013
Landlord-fined and given suspended jail sentence-for-carbon-monoxide-death
Subject: Health and safety/Landlords

13/11/2013
ASA adjudications:Halfords
Subject: Selling and Marketing/Advertising Codes

13/11/2013
Court of Appeal restores Tribunal decision on Crystal Palace FC workers
Subject: Employment/Dismissing staff and redundancies/TUPE

11/11/2013
BIS and HMRC to support interns’ right to minimum wage
Subject: Employment/Interns and trainees

11/11/2013
Wates Construction loses appeal against Adjudicator’s decision
Subject: Building and construction work

07/11/2013
PhonepayPlus plans to make regular text donation to charities easier
Subject: Telecommunications/Telephone premium rate services

06/11/2013
ASA adjudications: Bainbridge Simpson council tax reduction services
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

05/11/2013
Guidance: Handling small-scale redundancies
Subject: Employment/Dismissing staff and redundancies

04/11/2013
Mobile Homes (Wales) Act 2013
Subject: Caravan and mobile home sites (Wales)

04/11/2013
WEEE Regulations 2013—Government guidance notes
Subject: Environmental and waste regulation

01/11/2013
Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (England) Regulations 2013
Subject: Food selling and manufacturing (England)

01/11/2013
Copyright term for sound recordings extended to 70 years
Subject: Intellectual property/Copyright

01/11/2013
Are we being too charitable? ASA takes a close look at charity ads
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

30/10/2013
ASA adjudications: Charterhouse Claims
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising CodeS

29/10/2013
Updated guidance for employers on preventing illegal working in the UK
Subject: Employment/Recruiting and hiring

28/10/2013
Draft Redress Schemes for Lettings Agency Work and Property Management Work
Subject: Property letting and management (England)

28/10/2013
Government response to consultation on future of apprenticeships in England
Subject: Employment/Apprenticeships (England)

28/10/2013
Eurocode Building Regulation amendments come into effect
Subject: Building and construction: control of building operations

27/10/2013
EU Regulation changes VAT place of supply for telecommunications etc. services
Subject: Tax/VAT (EU)

24/10/2013
Business Protection from Misleading Marketing (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Subject: Selling and Marketing/Advertising to businesses (England; Wales)

24/10/2013
Tobacco Products (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Subject: Tobacco products

24/10/2013
Financial Conduct Authority proposes new rules to regulate crowdfunding
Subject: Finance and funding/equity investment

23/10/2013
Ofcom guidance for small businesses and consumers on mid-contract price rises
Subject: Telecommunications/Provider regulation

23/10/2013
ASA adjudications: BT
Subject: Selling and Marketing/Advertising Codes

23/10/2013
Employment contract ‘frustrated’ due to sickness
Subject: Employment/dismissing staff

22/10/2013
Government response to consultation on illegal immigration in private rented sector
Subject: Landlords

22/10/2013
MoJ fined GBP140K after 1,000 prisoners’ details emailed to inmates’ families
Subject : Data protection

22/10/2013
OFT removes licences of three debt management businesses
Subject: Consumer credit

22/10/2013
Government launches third set of consultations on Balance of Competences
Subject: Law, Lawmakers and Lawyers/EU and UK

22/10/2013
HMRC win Upper Tribunal appeal on Director’s personal liability for NIC
Subject: Tax/National insurance contributions.  Limited companies/Directors’

21/10/2013
Food Standards Agency consults on proposed EU controls for feed and food law
Subject: Food manufacture and sale

21/10/2013
Contractor fined over ‘Dickensian’ conditions for Preston workers
Subject: Health and safety at work

19/10/2013
IPO to publish report on IP challenges faced by SMEs
Subject: Government SME policy; Intellectual property

18/10/2013
Seventh Day Adventists’ human rights not to file online
Subject: Tax/Tax disputes and appeals

11/10/2013
Round 5 of Regional Growth Fund opens
Subject: Finance and funding/Government financial assistance

10/10/2013
Payment Services Regulator to be established
Subject: Financial services/Payment services

10/10/2013
Competition Commission imposes price control on china clay suppliers
Subject: Competition law

09/10/2013
Court of Appeal rejects RBS customer interest rate swap appeal
Subject: Finance and funding/Borrowing/interest rate swaps

09/10/2013
Home Office illegal immigrants van poster campaign banned by ASA
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising codes

09/10/2013
Employer loses appeal on constructive dismissal
Subject: Employment/Dismissing staff

09/10/2013
Motorcycle facility loses noise abatement appeal
Subject: Environmental control/noise abatement

07/10/2013
BIS consults on company law and Companies House filing procedures
Subject: Company law

07/10/2013
Housing Association loses insurance claim
Subject: Insurance

07/10/2013
GBP100 million investment to give enterprise zones business edge
Subject: Finance and funding/Government financial assistance

04/10/2013
BIS response to consultation on company and business names
Subject: Business and company names

04/10/2013
Cadbury loses purple colour trade mark appeal
Subject: intellectual property/trade marks

03/10/2013
EU Commission consults on crowdfunding
Subject: Finance and funding

03/10/2013
Traffic Commissioner issues guidance on limousines and novelty vehicles
Subject: Passenger transport/Private hire

03/10/2013
BIS issues guidance on Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations
Guidance: Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations

03/10/2013
FCA consults on new regime for consumer credit
Subject: Consumer credit

02/10/2013
Home Office publishes guidance on scrap metal dealer's licences
Subject: Regulated businesses/Metal dealers

02/10/2013
Government announces measures to encourage family friendly tenancies
Subject: Landlords/Residential letting

02/10/2013
ASA bans Best Medical cover comparison website claims

Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising codes

01/10/2013
HSE announces changes to first aid and RIDDOR
Subject: Health and safety at work

01/10/2013
Defra issues code of practice on ice cream van noise
Subject : Environmental and waste control (England)

01/10/2013
Company director ordered to repay money to company
Subject: Business organisations/Limited company

30/09/2013
Guidance on fish labelling legislation
Subject: Food selling and manufacturing

27/09/2013
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (Prescribed Documents etc] Regulations 2013
Subject: Scrap metal dealers (England and Wales)

27/09/2013
Working Time (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013 No. 2228)
Subject: Employment/working time (England)

27/09/2013
Packaging (Essential Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Subject: Packaging

26/09/2013
ICO imposes GBP 5,000 penalty London small business
Subject: Data protection

25/09/2013
ASA adjudications: Moneysavingexpert.com Ltd
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

24/09/2013
Email exchange held to form a legally binding contract
Subject: Selling and marketing/basics - contract for sale

23/09/2013
UK Visas & Immigration and GLA pilot guidance for SMEs
Subject: Employment/foreign workers

18/09/2013
ASA adjudications: Zenimax Europe Ltd
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

02/09/2013
Sony pays GBP4,600 compensation to unpaid intern
Subject: Employment/Interns and trainees

02/09/2013
Defra publishes results of consultation on Site Waste Management Plans
Subject: Building and construction work (England)

01/09/2013
Employee shareholder schemes come into effect
Employment/Employee shareholder status (England and Wales)

01/09/2013
Company’s anti-raid shareholder resolutions set aside by court
Subject: Company law/Minority protection

30/08/2013
Guidance published on CHIP regulations
Subject: Chemicals

29/08/2013
Farmer fined GBP20,000 for unauthorised waste activities
Subject: Environment and waste control (England and Wales)

29/08/2013
Bus service operators grant regulations changed
Subject: Passenger transport: public service vehicles (England)

28/8/2013
ASA adjudications: prize promotion for Walkers Deep Ridge crisps
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

28/08/2013
Competition Commission requires Ryanair reduce Aer Lingus holding to 5 per cent
Subject: Competition law

28/08/2013
Competition Commission finds private patients pay for lack of competition
Subject: Competition law

27/08/2013
Defra publishes results of consultation on Gangmasters Licensing Authority
Subject: Employment agencies and employment businesses

21/08/2013
ASA adjudications: Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader ad banned
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

21/08/2013
Bristol taxi drivers lose action on station permit scheme
Subject: Passenger transport/hackney carriages and private hire vehicles

20/08/2013
Welsh government consults on Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2013
Subject: Dog breeders, boarding/kennels, dog sales (Wales)

20/08/2013
Tesco fined GBP 300,000 fine for Tesco over strawberry promotion
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising to consumers regulations

15/08/2013
London Boroughs of Ealing and Harrow adopt “Chugger” controls
Subject: Charities/fundraising

15/08/2013
Swansea bus operator loses contract due to failure to display PSV disc
Subject: Passenger transport: public service vehicles
Source: BAILII

14/08/2013
ASA adjudications: Knowle Nursery School, uswitch and others
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

13/08/2013
ABI launches online pension enrolment calculator to assist employers
Subject: Employment/pensions

09/08/2013
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 to be brought into force
Subject: Metal dealers (England and Wales)

09/08/2013
National minimum wage increase
Subject: Employment/national minimum wage

08/08/2013
90 per cent of workers in workplace pension stay in
Subject: Employment/pensions

07/08/2013
Government publishes draft guidance on packaging regulations
Subject: Packaging

07/08/2013
ASA adjudications: 1st Active Drainage
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

06/08/2013
Government publishes response to consultation on consumer law reform
Subject: Selling and marketing/sales to consumers

06/08/2013
Unfair Dismissal (Variation of the Limit of Compensatory Award) Order 2013
Subject: Employment/Unfair dismissal

05/08/2013
OFT issues decision in mobility scooters case
Subject: Competition law

05/08/2013
ICO imposes data protection penalty on Bank of Scotland
Subject: Data protection

05/08/2013
Nursery nurse recovers damages under health and safety regulations
Subject: Health and safety at work. Tort

31/07/2013
ASA adjudications: ruling on APR mention in short-term loan ads etc
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

31/07/2013
Supreme Court rules on ‘use by’ date regulations
Subject: Food selling and manufacturing

30/07/2013
Guidance on Building Regulations 2010
Subject: Building and construction work

30/07/2013
Consultation on reform of explosives legislation
Subject: Explosives (England and Wales, Scotland)

30/07/2013
IPO announces new copyright notice facility
Subject: Intellectual property/Copyright

30/07/2013
Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013
Subject: Business premises (England and Wales)

25/07/2013
Challenge to EU Commission decision on De Beers sightholder agreements fails
Subject: Competition law/EU

24/07/2013
ASA adjudications: Everest windows
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

19/07/2013
Copyright and Duration of Rights in Performances Regulations 2013
Subject: Copyright/sound recordings and performers’ rights

19/07/2013
Charity Commission publishes new guidance on decision making for charity trustees
Subject: Charities (England and Wales)

19/07/2013
Finance Act 2013
Subject: Tax

18/07/2013
Code of Practice (Equal Pay) (Northern Ireland)
Subject: Employment/Northern Ireland

18/07/2013
ECJ rules advertising directive applies to use of domain names and metatags
Subject: Advertising to businesses and comparative advertising

18/07/2013
High Court refers meat processing issue to European Court
Subject: Food selling and manufacturing

18/07/2013
Government shelves minimum pricing & plans 'tougher action' on irresponsible pubs
Subject: Alcohol sale

17/07/2013
ASA adjudications on Affordable Mobiles
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

15/07/2013
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Civil Liability) (Exceptions) Regulations 2013
Subject: Health and safety at work

15/07/2013
BIS announces new competition regime
Subject: Competition law

15/07/2013
BIS publishes consultation on company ownership and directors’ conduct
Subject: Limited companies

12/07/2013
BIS consults on EU Commission proposals for consumer product safety regs
Subject: Product liability (EU)

11/07/2013
Car auction site ruled to cause noise nuisance
Subject: Nuisance

10/07/2013
ASA adjudications Halliwell McGregor & Docherty t/a HM Deed Poll
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

10/07/2013
EUROGIA-UK funding applications 2013
Subject: Finance and funding/Government assistance

09/07/2013
High Court strikes down non-compete agreement
Subject: Employment/Post-employment restrictions

09/07/2013
New employment dispute settlement procedures to come into effect
Subject; Employment/Termination

08/07/2013
ABI publishes guidance on insurance for health and safety risks for  SMEs
Subject: Health and safety at work.   Insurance

05/07/2013
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013
Subject: Health and safety at work

04/07/2013
Angel CoFund extended across UK
Subject: Finance and funding/Government financial assistance

03/07/2013
ASA adjudications - homeopathy
Subject: Selling and marketing/Advertising Codes

02/07/2013
Microsoft ‘Skydrive’ infringes Sky TV trade marks
Subject: Intellectual property/Trade marks, passing off

02/07/2013
Licensing Act 2003 (Descriptions of Entertainment) (Amendment) Order 2013

Subject: Alcohol sale and licensed activities (England, Wales)

01/07/2013
Croatia becomes 28th EU Member State
Subject: European Union

01/07/2013
Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in Turner v East Midlands Trains Ltd
Subject: Employment/Unfair dismissal



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