February 2013 Archive

Regulatory reform and the consumer credit regime

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Regulatory reform is coming. The financial services industry is gearing up for a new style of regulation which will come into force on 1 April 2013. More …

Gambling Act: Triennial review of gaming machine stake and prize limits

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The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published a consultation of proposals to change (increase) the stakes and prize limits for category B, C and D gaming machines. More …

ICO levies a heavy fine for breach of the Data Protection Act by Sony

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In a recent high-profile case the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a significant financial penalty against Sony, demonstrating the commercial ramifications of businesses not taking adequate measures to protect data and comply with data protection laws. More …

Employees awarded compensation for Council's breach of information rules introduced by the Agency Workers Regulations

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A Tribunal has ruled that a Council which failed to provide information about its use of agency workers to a trade union in accordance with requirements introduced by the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) must pay compensation to its employees for its breach. More …

London Stock Exchange - High Growth Segment – positioning for success

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The London Stock Exchange (LSE) announced last week proposals to launch a new segment, the High Growth Segment, to the Main Market in March 2013 aimed at high growth, UK and European businesses. More …

International maintenance issues

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On 20 December 2012 new rules came in to force that have a far-reaching impact on the way maintenance disputes with international dimensions are dealt with and enforced. More …

DCMS response to the consultation on the deregulation of 'regulated entertainment'

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The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has recently published their response to their Consultation in 2011 on the 'deregulation' of 'Regulated Entertainment' under the Licensing Act 2003. More …

Maximum penalty imposed for landlord's failure to provide the prescribed information as required under the tenancy deposit schemes

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Tenancy deposit schemes were created under the Housing Act 2004 ("the 2004 Act") and subsequently amended by the Localism Act 2011 ("the 2011 Act"). More …

Paper, packaging and the European Timber Regulations

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The European Timber Regulation 995/2010 will come into force on 3 March 2013. More …

Enforcement of regulation in small food manufacturing businesses

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The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills ("BIS") has just published the first of a series of regulatory reviews which sets out to examine the impact of regulation, as delivered by local and national enforcement bodies, on businesses in particular areas of the economy. More …