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The government is currently undertaking the most extensive reform of consumer law in years.
The European Commission has published the revised euro thresholds for the application of the procedures for the award of contracts under the EU public procurement directives.
In this article, Walker Morris considers six of the most important developments in English commercial law to have occurred in 2013.
The Intellectual Property Bill has been working its way through Parliament throughout the summer and autumn and is likely to be enacted in 2014.
The change of name to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court makes sense. This court deals with intellectual property cases of all kinds, not simply patent cases.
The Intellectual Property Bill was introduced in May 2013 and should become law in 2014.
The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 amended the Commons Act 2006 to prevent registration of land as a town or village green once a ‘trigger event’ occurs.
Green Deal and ECO reforms download
The government has announced a series of measures designed to reduce consumers’ energy bills. These include streamlining the Green Deal and some changes to ECO.
Further to Walker Morris’s Energy Update last month, there have been a number of recent announcements worthy of note.
On 4 December 2013, the government published the latest version of the National Infrastructure Plan, which was referred to by the chancellor in his Autumn Statement the following day.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK government initiative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from organisations meeting certain qualification criteria.
On 5 November 2013, the European Commission published draft revised guidelines on state aid for rescuing and restructuring firms (non-financial firms) in difficulty.
The Academies Capital Maintenance Fund is available for academies to improve the condition of their school buildings and expand their facilities.
HMRC has updated Notice 700/56 (the Notice), sections 2 and 17 of which refer to LPA receivers.
The relief is available at the discretion of the relevant local authority under the powers granted to it at section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.
‘Conversion’ consists of an act of deliberately dealing with goods in a manner inconsistent with the owner’s rights to use the goods, thereby depriving the owner of those rights.
The current position is that rent and service charges payable in advance and which fall due before the appointment of an administrator are not considered an expense of the administration.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK government initiative to reduce CO2 emissions from organisations meeting certain qualification criteria.
Green Deal and ECO reforms download
The government has announced a series of measures designed to reduce energy bills.
Employment Briefing — November 2013 download
This collection of briefings covers key employment law developments and will bring you up to date with what is happening both in terms of new legislation and relevant case law.