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Milton Silverman and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Last week at County Hall, Milton Silverman joined a panel of experts to take questions on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ('CITES ') from auctioneers and dealers. The conference was hosted by the Antiques Trade...

Restrictive covenants and permitted development

Developers will be interested in two recent cases: In the first, the High Court held that if a residential basement involves engineering operations amounting to a "separate activity of substance", express planning permission from the local...

New guidance on misleading retailer pricing tactics published

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has published new guidance aimed at stopping misleading and confusing pricing tactics used by some retailers. The publication of the guidance follows a Which? investigation, several complaints from disgruntled...

ICO fines company for sending spam texts

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined a company £100,000 for sending unsolicited spam texts attempting to solicit leads for financial services institutions. The ICO found that between May to December 2015, the company sent 1,132,149...

First disqualification of a company director for infringing competition law

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has used its powers for the first time to disqualify a director of a company that infringed competition law. The company breached competition law by agreeing with one of its competing online sellers to not undercut...

'Common law marriage' is a myth!

The Office of National Statistics has published figures showing that there are now 3.3million cohabiting couples in the UK. Research conducted by a relationships charity in 2013 showed that 47% of the British public believes in the myth of ‘common law...

Automatic pension enrolment update published

The Department for Work and Pensions has published an updated analysis of the impact of auto-enrolment. The analysis highlights, among other things, that annual saving in workplace pensions is estimated to increase by £17 billion by 2019/20 as a result...

Personal liability for directors for nuisance calls

The government has announced that it will introduce personal liability for directors for nuisance call fines in spring 2017. This amendment will allow the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to issue fines of up to £500,000 to each company...

Record fine for data protection breach

A record fine imposed by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) sends a strong message to businesses of the importance of keeping personal data secure, especially financial information. The ICO issued a £400,000 monetary penalty notice to...

Discrimination in the provision of goods and services

A recent case in Northern Ireland illustrates the issues that a business in England, Scotland and Wales might face under the Equality Act 2010. It also highlights the potential tension between the protected rights and anti-discrimination provisions under the...
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