Court Fees

Potential hike in court fees for commercial disputes/litigation? Proposals put forward by the Ministry of Justice at the end of 2013 may result in higher fees for commercial cases. The MoJ commented that commercial cases often involve substantial sums of money, and...

Licensing – changes

Licensing – changes to stake and prize limits for gaming machinesThe Categories of Gaming Machines (Amendment) Regulations 2014 came into force on 15 January 2014. Stake and prize limits for all categories of machine except B2 were increased. Most notably, the maximum...

Personal Licences

Government consults on abolishing personal licences The Licensing Act 2003 introduced the concept of a “split” licence, i.e. a personal licence which an individual could take with them wherever they worked, and a separate licence for the premises itself. However the...

Is a company insolvent?

When is a company truly insolvent? Anyone working in a commercial environment will know that a company is deemed to be insolvent if it is unable to pay its debts as and when they fall due. For many companies this may be true to some extent at any time! Are they then...

Consumer Protection

Consumer protection from unfair commercial practices Businesses that sell directly to consumers should be made aware of a Court of Appeal decision which held that a “commercial practice” can refer to a single act or incident, as well as repeated conduct....

Alcohol Strategy

Government responds to Alcohol Strategy Consultation On 17 July 2013 the Government published its response to the ASC, which had canvassed opinion from the trade, health and crime reduction bodies and local authorities on various proposals aimed at reducing the damage...