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  • 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... 

  • Patently obvious?

    A recent case involving potato separating machinery brought under the Patents Act 1977 might cause a few headaches for readers of this blog. The case - Grimme Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co KG v Derek Scott (trading as Scotts Potato Machinery) wen... 

  • Children don't have to be taxing

    Employers that offer their staff childcare vouchers through HMRCs Employer Supported Childcare scheme may want to encourage those that haven't signed up to do so before the end of March 2011.This is because HMRC are changing the rules for those that ... 

  • Guiding Light

    Of the UKs 2.6 million registered companies, most are unlisted or unquoted on any of the tradable equity markets. Of this number, the vast majority are under the ownership or control of the original family or are start-ups. What does this all mea... 

  • Data Protection Rules OK?

    The UK's data protection legislation is not new; however, the Information Commissioner's power to levy fines for serious breaches of the eight data protection principles are a recent addition to the armoury. With some fanfare, the first penalties... 

  • Credit where it's due

    You don't need this blog to tell you that credit is hard to get hold of. However, you may find it interesting to know that depending on which credit reference agency your lender uses determines how much - if any - credit you can have. According t... 

  • A right royal holiday

    Everyone enjoys a good wedding and so it seems that David Cameron's Government, in need of a mood lifter, has declared the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, on 29 April 2011, an extra bank holiday. The law doesn't entitle staff to spe... 

  • Discretion is still the better part of valour

    A number of employers offer staff discretionary bonuses, which when times are good, can make sense. But are employers always obliged to pay these bonuses? A recent judgment - Humphreys v Norilsk Nickel International (UK) Ltd - says that employers can... 

  • More grief for drivers

    The Government has laid amendments to legislation before Parliament which should, if passed, make life more expensive and painful for non-conforming drivers. The new rulesfrom 1 February 2011 will increase the on the spot penalties that are levie...