October 2012 Archive

Proposed amendments to the Rule of the Privy Council

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The Registrar has prepared a draft statutory instrument proposing various amendments to the Rules. More …

European Court of Justice confirms that airlines must compensate passengers under the Denied Boarding Regulations for delays

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Following the Opinion of Advocate General Bot in May 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that airlines are required to pay compensation to passengers who experience a delay of three hours or more, unless the airline can show it was caused by 'extraordinary circumstances'. More …

Administration to liquidation: Dodgy conversions?

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The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Re Globespan Airways Ltd will be welcomed by insolvency practitioners, both for resolving a narrow point of law but also because of the fact that the Court of Appeal adopted a pragmatic approach in dealing with a technical issue that had the potential to generate unnecessary uncertainty. More …

The Consumer Rights Directive

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The Consumer Rights Directive (the Directive) was agreed by all Member States of the European Union in October 2011. More …

Scotland could see a licence to sell chewing gum!

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In England and Wales the licensing system was unified in 2005 with the advent of a single premises licence covering an array of activities, albeit to sell alcohol you also needed at least one person to hold a personal licence. More …

opticalexpressruinedmylife.co.uk – Bad faith registration or criticism website?

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This was the question considered by a Nominet expert in the recent case of DCM (Optical Holdings) Ltd v Sasha Rodoy, D0001127, 3 August 2012. More …

Victim surcharge to increase - And be payable by a wider range of offenders

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This article highlights changes to the victim surcharge that come into effect for offences on or after 1 October 2012. More …

New crime of squatting

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From 1 September 2012, a new criminal offence of squatting in a residential building was introduced. More …