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 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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

‘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.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th May 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

RBS appoints law firm Clifford Chance to examine small business allegations – The Guardian

Posted November 26th, 2013 in banking, law firms, news, reports, small businesses by tracey

‘Royal Bank of Scotland has appointed the law firm Clifford Chance to examine damaging allegations that the bailed-out bank is deliberately wrecking viable small businesses to make a profit. The move came as Sir Andrew Large said in a report commissioned by the bank that RBS had left itself open to accusations of conflict of interest by small firms placed in its restructuring division because of its opaque management structure.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal firms don’t respond to SME legal needs which is both a problem and an opportunity – Legal Services Board

Posted May 22nd, 2013 in fees, legal services, news, small businesses, statistics by sally

“The Legal Services Board publishes today a report on the legal needs of small businesses. The
report – In need of Advice? – is the first time that this issue has been investigated in England and

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Legal Services Board, 22nd May 2013

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Related link: Findings of the Small Business Legal Needs Benchmarking Survey

Massive unmet legal need among small businesses, landmark research finds – Legal Futures

Posted May 22nd, 2013 in fees, legal services, news, small businesses, statistics by sally

“Legal problems are costing small businesses in England and Wales £100bn a year, with fears over the cost of legal advice meaning they are far more likely to go it alone than seek help, authoritative new research from the Legal Services Board (LSB) has found.”

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Legal Futures, 22nd May 2013

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Judicial review expected into handling of small firm loan scheme – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2013 in banking, guarantees, judicial review, loans, news, small businesses by sally

“The government is facing the threat of a judicial review into its handling of an investigation into Barclays’ involvement in a state-backed loan scheme.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New patent law will help UK business – The Independent

Posted February 18th, 2013 in costs, EC law, news, patents, small businesses by sally

“British inventors and entrepreneurs will be able to save thousands of pounds in the cost of patenting their new ideas under rules to be agreed by Vince Cable this week.”

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The Independent, 17th February 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Barclays to be investigated over claim they misused loan scheme – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2012 in banking, financial regulation, guarantees, loans, news, small businesses by tracey

“A government business lending specialist is to investigate a loan made by Barclays that turned sour and allowed the bank to collect nearly £70,000 in taxpayer guarantees.”

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The Guardian, 20th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New proposals to streamline employment law – Department for Buiness,Innovation and Skills

Posted September 14th, 2012 in employment, press releases, small businesses by tracey

“Vince Cable announces measures to give firms more flexibility and confidence in managing their workforce and to reduce employment law red tape.”

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Department for Buiness,Innovation and Skills, 14th September 2012

Sorce: www.bis.gov.uk

High street banks agree to payouts for mis-selling financial products – The Guardian

“Banks faced fresh criticism about their treatment of customers on Friday after the Financial Services Authority said the big four high street banks – Barclays, RBS, Lloyds and HSBC – might need to compensate small business customers.”

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The Guardian, 29th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

FSA finds banks guilty of mis-selling to small firms – BBC News

Posted June 29th, 2012 in banking, financial regulation, insurance, news, small businesses by tracey

“The Financial Services Authority says banks mis-sold specialist insurance known as interest rate swaps tied to thousands of small businesses.”

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BBC News, 29th June 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

IPO seeks new patent revocation powers as means for helping small businesses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 14th, 2012 in consultations, news, patents, small businesses by sally

“The circumstances in which the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) can initiate proceedings to revoke a patent on the strength of a non-binding opinion it was asked to submit on the patentability of an invention should be expanded, it has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th June 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Dismissing workers at will ‘counterproductive’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 8th, 2012 in employment, news, small businesses, unfair dismissal by sally

“A group of 6,000 employment lawyers has warned that a proposal to cut red tape by allowing micro-businesses to sack staff who have done nothing wrong will not reduce tribunal claims.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th June 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Djanogly: Red tape challenge turns to legal services – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has launched plans to scrutinise, simplify or scrap more than 150 regulations that affect legal services, to reduce red tape and ease the burden on businesses and consumers.”

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Ministry of Justice, 31st May 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

The Localism Act and Non-domestic Rating – No. 5 Chambers

Posted February 15th, 2012 in news, rates, small businesses by sally

“The entirety of Part 4 of the Localism Act is devoted to non-domestic rating but the changes introduced seem to have a much lower profile than some of the other ‘Localism’ provisions. Whilst there are some small but important changes, the rating reforms introduced could by no means be described as radical. Importantly,
contrary to what some may have expected, the Act does not include any provisions designed to defeat the now well known schemes that are being used to avoid liability for the 100% unoccupied property rate. It is nevertheless necessary for local authorities, ratepayers and advisers to be aware of the changes that have been made. So, what does the Act do?”

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No. 5 Chambers, 8th February 2012

Source: www.no5.com

Bar Council Warns: European Sales Law is Double Whammy of Increased Costs and Less Certainty – The Bar Council

Posted October 12th, 2011 in consumer protection, contracts, EC law, news, sale of goods, small businesses by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has warned of the dangers of adopting a European Sales Law, the latest legislative proposal by the European Commission which would introduce a second contract law into the laws of all Member States.”

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The Bar Council, 11th October 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Employment law changes could ‘disproportionately affect women’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 30th, 2011 in employment, news, small businesses, women by sally

“Changes to employment laws announced in last week’s budget are encouraging for small employers but could disproportionately affect women, solicitors have warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Business urges lasting reduction in red tape – The Times

Posted November 7th, 2007 in financial regulation, news, small businesses by sally

“Businesses called on the Government to cut red tape and not simply to replace it with more bureaucracy as plans for regulatory reform legislation were confirmed.”

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The Times, 7th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk