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No evidence to suggest dominant companies using data in breach of competition rules, says CMA

An information-gathering exercise by the UK's main competition authority has uncovered no evidence that companies dominant in their markets are breaching competition rules by using consumer data in a way which abuses the dominance they enjoy. 18 Jun 2015

Final vote on proposed changes to Scottish licensing laws due by end of the month

Changes to Scottish licensing laws including the reintroduction of the 'fit and proper' test for those applying for a licence to sell alcohol could be given final approval by the end of this month. 15 Jun 2015

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  • Health and safety obligations for retailers

    Retailers are expected to protect anyone who enters their premises from harm, by removing or controlling risks to employees, volunteers, contractors or members of the public.

  • The Consumer Rights Act: consolidating UK consumer protection laws

    The Consumer Rights Act aims to rectify the traditional complexities of UK consumer law by consolidating eight pieces of separate legislation in this area into a single piece of legislation.

  • The Heat Network Regulations: what landlords need to do now

    Commercial and domestic property landlords of multi-let properties where heating, cooling or hot water is supplied to tenants through a district or communal heating network are now legally obliged to provide detailed information about those networks to a central...

  • How to structure collaborative projects

    Organisations are increasingly looking to work in collaboration or partnership with third parties. This may be to achieve operational aims, such as a step change in service delivery, or to reduce costs or achieve efficiencies.

  • Using competitive tenders

    Many private sector organisations are using competitive tenders to procure goods and services or award significant contracts. Competitive tenders can be used to maintain a competitive edge and drive a better commercial deal.

  • French consumer law

    In February 2014 the French parliament adopted a Consumer Law which implements the Consumer Rights Directive. It will have a significant effect on companies engaged in e-commerce.

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Shapes must be distinctive 'in their own right' to qualify for trade mark protection, says EU legal advisor

The shape of a product cannot be registered as a trade mark for reason that when seen in conjunction with brand packaging it is recognisable as the shape of an existing product, a legal advisor to the EU's highest court has said. The shape must also "in its... 12 Jun 2015

Demonstrator car VAT scheme was abusive, Supreme Court has ruled

A scheme to enable car sales group Pendragon to recover VAT on demonstrator cars was abusive and so did not achieve the VAT savings intended, the Supreme Court said , overturning a previous Court of Appeal ruling. 12 Jun 2015

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