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The courts have decided a number of high-profile cases this summer in which retailers have been involved in intellectual property disputes.
On 31 July 2014, the government published a technical consultation on further proposals for reform of the planning process.
The Groceries Code Adjudicator was established to investigate whether a ‘designated retailer’ has breached the Groceries Supply Code of Conduct.
On 29 May 2014, the Pension Protection Fund published ‘Consultation on the second PPF Levy Triennium — 2015–16 to 2017–18’.
The government is seeking views on implementing enhanced powers to ensure the continuity of the supply of essential services to insolvent businesses and individuals.
Consumer Contracts Regulations download
The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 came into force on 13 June 2014.
The Mannai case in 1997 made it clear that substantial compliance with a break notice was not sufficient; both the formal and the substantial elements must be adhered to.
Martin Retail Group Ltd v Crawley Borough Council: the Competition Act 1998 ‘lands’ a council with a problem download
The Central London County Court has ruled that a restriction on use in a lease breaches the Chapter I prohibition of the Competition Act 1998.
In Chandler v Cape, it was held that a parent company owed a direct duty of care to an employee of a subsidiary who contracted asbestosis.
The CMA is consulting on a provisional decision to refer the market for the supply of retail banking services to PCA customers and to SMEs for a phase II market investigation.
Is an agreement to have ‘friendly discussions’ before going to arbitration or litigation enforceable? (It can be...) download
In Emirates Trading Agency v Prime Mineral Exports, the court had to examine the dispute resolution procedures agreed by the parties in their contract.
In Kruppa v Benedetti & Anor, the claimant started court proceedings but the defendant argued there was a valid agreement to arbitrate.
HMRC clampdown on tax avoidance download
HMRC’s crackdown on anti-avoidance schemes is set to intensify over the summer months.
The government has been consulting on broadening the scope of the Bolar exemption.
On 1 July 2014, BIS published new guidance on how to apply the new EU General Block Exemption Regulation.
In contrast to non-solvency non-payment of rent, in insolvency situations the landlord must prove for rent he is owed.
Defectively executed deeds of amendment — Briggs (and Others) v Gleeds (and Others) (High Court) download
The High Court held that deeds of amendment going back more than 30 years had been incorrectly executed.
Changes have been made to the statutory protection in regard to pension rights offered to transferring employees on a TUPE transfer, who were formerly members of an occupational pension scheme.
Defined-contribution pension reform — DWP confirms charge-capping measures and quality standards download
The DWP has outlined in its ‘Command Paper: Better workplace pensions: Further measures for savers’ new quality standards and charge-capping measures.
This briefing discusses Rule 9.1 of the Takeover Code.