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  • Would the world end if Facebook shut down on 15 March?

    More than a million Facebook users appear to have been taken in by a story that appeared in Weekly World News claiming the social networking site was shutting down on 15 March. The venerable news organ, well known for breaking such scoops as "Al... 

  • Intellectually Challenged Businesses?

    The Government, or rather the Intellectual Property Office, is asking business how it can help them make more of their intellectual property assets. In particular, the IPO wants to understand more about how intellectual property (IP) is used and expl... 

  • Off the Gold Standard

    In a move that is designed to keep UK plc competitive, the Government announced just before Christmas that it will no longer 'gold plate' legislation passed by Europe. In other words, any UK law that is to implement a European law will be a direct 'c... 

  • Tribunal compensation limits set to increase

    Employers that aren't careful enough to avoid Employment Tribunals will, from 1 February, be paying more in compensation to successful claimants when the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2010 takes effect. This Order relates to dismissals... 

  • Come on George - don't be mean

    VAT, as we all know, went up to 20% on January 4, and small business lobbying group, the Federation of Small Businessesasked its members what they think of the effects of the rate rise. Not unsurprisingly 71% of respondents said that it would be bad ... 

  • Signature legislation changes on European horizon

    We're a long way from wax seals and a simple 'x' on a piece of paper to prove authenticity of a document. Even so, the European Union is planning to change the E-Signatures Directive this year so that businesses will be encouraged to use electronic i... 

  • Some say he's the Stig (others call him Ben)

    The highly publicised case that the BBC brought last year to keep the identity of the Stig secret is another illustration as to why contracts need to be carefully written. As we all now know, Ben Collins has been identified as being the Stig betw... 

  • Facebooking your business

    Facebook made a move at the beginning of December that should help smaller businesses with small budgets promote themselves via Facebook. They've done this by updating their promotion guidelines. The revised rules cover 'the operation of any elem... 

  • Debtors rules

    The present regime relating to commercial debts - the Late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act - has been with us for 12 years now. There has, interestingly, (excuse the pun) been little case law relating to it. As a reminder, the legislation a... 

  • Government doesn't know best

    Sections of the Equality Act, as passed by the previous Labour Government, were brought into effect this last October. However, other elements are due to be phased in over the next few years. But one strand of the law - the compulsion of business...