Three out of four small and medium-sized businesses not ready for new data laws face huge fines – The Independent

Posted December 12th, 2017 in data protection, fines, news, small businesses by sally

‘Three-quarters of Britain’s small and medium-sized businesses are unprepared for the introduction of strict new EU data laws designed to protect people’s private information following a number of high profile data breaches, a merchant bank has warned.’

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The Independent, 11th December 2017


Judge rejects bid to move case out of IPEC because of claimant’s need for costs protection – Litigation Futures

Posted June 29th, 2017 in costs, courts, intellectual property, news, small businesses, trials by sally

‘A defendant’s bid to transfer a case from the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) to the High Court has been dismissed because of the costs risk the SME claimant would then face.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th June 2017


Specialised court encourages boom in IP cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Small and medium-sized enterprises are continuing to use the UK’s specialised intellectual property court despite having more options available for flexible trials, figures have shown.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd May 2017


Crackdown on ‘disguised self-employment’ behind increased HMRC payroll tax take, says expert –

‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) collected an additional £705 million in tax from investigations into companies’ payroll taxes last year, almost half of which was collected from small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs), according to new figures.’

Full story, 4th April 2017


Cyber security for SMEs – taking it seriously – Technology Law Update

Posted October 28th, 2016 in computer crime, electronic commerce, news, small businesses by sally

‘Getting cyber security right is not easy. Even the largest organisations can find themselves in difficulties – as the recent high-profile problems encountered by Yahoo and TalkTalk show. But it is especially challenging for smaller organisations without the headcount or budget to cover every angle in detail. What should you do to give your organisation the best chance of success?’

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Technology Law Update, 27th October 2016


Home Office imposes illegal working fines of £14 million on small businesses in 3 month period – Free Movement

Posted September 6th, 2016 in employment, fines, immigration, news, small businesses by sally

‘The Home Office has imposed fines on small businesses for employing illegal workers of over £14 million in just a three month period. The period covered is January to March 2016. The list of businesses targeted by officials appears to include mainly small ethnic minority shops and takeaways. It is unknown how many of those businesses were forced to close as a result.’

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Free Movement, 6th September 2016


Emergency Powers Compensation – Local Government Law

‘In Hastings Borough Council v Manolete Partners Plc [2016] UKSC 50 the Council exercised its emergency powers under Section 78 of the Building Act 1984 to restrict public access to Hastings Pier.’

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Local Government Law. 27th July 2016



Posted June 2nd, 2016 in competition, contract of employment, news, small businesses by sally

‘Carol Davis comments on the BIS plans to call for evidence on potentially stifling employment rules and considers a world without non-compete clauses.’

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Littleton Chambers, 23rd March 2016


Why a new toilet law could flush cafes and takeaways down the pan – The Guardian

Posted May 19th, 2016 in health & safety, news, small businesses by sally

‘A legal ruling that coffee shops and fast food outlets with fewer than 10 seats must now provide loos for their customers could threaten thousands of small businesses.’

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The Guardian, 18th May 2016


UK courts to define ‘grossly unfair’ payment terms, says government –

Posted October 28th, 2015 in consultations, contracts, EC law, news, small businesses by sally

‘Difficult questions around whether supply chain payment terms and practices are “grossly unfair” should ultimately be settled by the courts or the new Small Business Commissioner, the UK government has said.’

Full story, 27th October 2015


Court fee rise will give wealthy the upper hand, says Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted September 18th, 2015 in civil justice, courts, fees, press releases, small businesses by tracey

‘SMEs will be disadvantaged in chasing late payments from big business customers.
Wealthy individuals and big business will have the upper hand in court proceedings if further increases in court fees get the go ahead under plans announced by the Ministry of Justice, the Bar Council has warned.’

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The Bar Council, 14th September


Tobacco display ban extended to all shops – BBC News

Posted April 7th, 2015 in advertising, consumer protection, news, small businesses, smoking by sally

‘A ban on showing tobacco products at the point of sale in small shops across the UK has come into force.’

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BBC News, 6th April 2015


Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 –

Posted April 1st, 2015 in employment, legislation, small businesses by sally

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 published

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UK restructuring laws already geared towards business rescue, says government –

Posted February 11th, 2015 in company law, debts, EC law, insolvency, news, small businesses by sally

‘UK procedures allowing businesses to restructure in order to avoid insolvency already meet EU plans for a more ‘rescue-orientated’ approach to business failure and insolvency, according to a discussion document published by the Insolvency Service.’

Full story, 10th February 2015


The £8.8m typo: how one mistake killed a family business – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2015 in compensation, government departments, insolvency, mistake, news, small businesses by sally

‘The Welsh engineering firm of Taylor & Sons has won a major claim against the government agency after they mixed it up with another firm of a similar name.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015


CAT power to issue cost-capped injunctions will improve competition law enforcement, says expert –

Posted January 27th, 2015 in appeals, bills, competition, costs, injunctions, news, small businesses, tribunals by sally

‘FOCUS: Proposed changes to the workings of the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) will make it more likely that competition law is enforced and will give some smaller companies a boost in pursuing competition claims.’

Full story, 23rd January 2015


Woman sues own family after they refused to accept her when she changed sex – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2015 in families, financial dispute resolution, news, small businesses, transsexuals by tracey

‘A woman has won a bitter legal battle with her own family who refused to accept her new identity after she changed sex.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th January 2015


FCA review of insurance brokers’ conflict handling shows that “more proactive approach” is needed, says expert –

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found that some of the largest brokers that serve small businesses did not have proper processes in place to manage the “inherent conflicts” that arise as part of their work.’

Full story, 29th May 2014


Supplier tries to stick the boot in to its commercial agent – Technology Law Update

Posted February 12th, 2014 in agency, compensation, indemnities, news, small businesses by sally

‘We have been meeting with a number of smaller software suppliers and tech start-ups recently who have been grappling with the challenge of boosting their geographical reach. We use the word ‘challenge’ because (a) there are only 24 hours in a day, (b) smaller businesses tend not to have a raft of sales executives in their employment and (c) it is difficult to achieve global domination when you still want to focus on product development and manufacturing issues.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th February 2014


Food outlets will be forced to display hygiene ratings – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2013 in food hygiene, health & safety, news, small businesses, Wales by tracey

‘Wales has become the first part of the UK to force food outlets to prominently display food hygiene ratings. The new law, which came into force on Thursday, builds on a voluntary scheme, known as “scores on the doors”.’

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BBC News, 28th November 2013