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First person is charged under new UK bribery laws, prosecutors say

A court clerk is the first person to be charged with an offence under new UK bribery laws, prosecutors have said.

EU online shoppers double in number but changes to laws needed, new study says

The number of EU consumers buying over the internet doubled in a five year period, according to a study published by the European Parliament.

'Democracy website' organisation launches transport complaints site

An organisation which has previously helped voters to use internet technologies to keep tabs on MPs has launched a service to help UK commuters to provide collective feedback on public transport services.

Children should be taught importance of privacy in mainstream education, ICO says

Pupils should learn about privacy and information rights at school, the UK's data protection watchdog has said.

Online defamation court cases on the rise, research says

The number of online defamation cases brought to English and Welsh courts has more than doubled in the past year, a new report has said, according to media reports.

Advertising code not cookie law compliant, data protection watchdogs say

Companies signed up to a self-regulatory code on online behavioural advertising may still not be compliant with EU laws on cookies, EU privacy watchdogs have said.


Ruling will not impact employment agency VAT rules, says HMRC

A Tax Tribunal ruling will not change policy on the VAT that employment agencies should pay, HMRC has said.

Lump sum motoring expenses subject to NICs if not linked to mileage, tribunal says

Employers will have to be more careful about how they pay their employees for motoring expenses after a tax tribunal ruling (9-page / 63KB PDF) that lump-sum allowances could be subject to national insurance contributions (NICs).


Half of workers unaware of pension auto-enrolment reforms

More than half of workers are "totally unaware" that they will be auto-enrolled into a pension plan when changes to the law come into force next year, according to a survey.

Litigation and arbitration

Judges should be wary of social media, says guidance

Judges should take care when publishing personal information which could be used by criminals on social networking sites, the Judiciary of England and Wales has warned.

Banking and restructuring

OFT could prevent debt management companies from using social media

Debt management companies could be prevented from contacting consumers through social media after a regulator review revealed "widespread problems with misleading advertising" in the sector.

New pre-pack insolvency rules to be delayed

New laws aimed at regulating pre-packaged insolvency sales will be delayed until at least next April, the government has confirmed.


Simpler financial reporting requirements for small companies proposed

As many as five million small businesses could benefit from simpler financial reporting requirements, according to recently published Government proposals.

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