Commercial Law


Payday lending: tougher new rules welcomed by government

UK HM Treasury News Story - 3 October 2013
New payday lending rules put consumers first, explains Economic Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid.

Tough new payday lending rules put forward by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are a clear signal to the payday lending market that they need to get their houses in order, Treasury minister [...]

Scrap metal laws to stop metal theft come into force

UK Home Office - 1 October 2013
Rogue traders who buy and sell scrap metal for cash face £5,000 fine under new laws designed to stamp out metal theft.
All scrap metal dealers will need to apply to their local council for a licence to operate under new rules which come into effect today (1 October 2013).
The [...]

Charge for single use carrier bags to be introduced

A five pence mandatory charge for single use carrier bags will be introduced from Autumn 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced today.
Last year, over seven billion carrier bags were issued by supermarkets in England. Far too many ended up in landfill or scattered around our streets and rivers killing wildlife and costing tax-payers [...]

Land Registry goes big on open data

Land Registry is today, 28 June 2013, making its historical price paid records available to download for free as part of its open data programme. This will allow developers and businesses to use and reuse one of the world’s largest property datasets, comprising over 17 million residential cash and mortgage sales in England and Wales.
The [...]

A second Free Software Foundation-certified device from ThinkPenguin: long-range USB Wifi adapter with Atheros chip

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the TPE-N150USBL long-range 802.11n USB adapter, sold by ThinkPenguin. This wireless adapter is based on the Atheros AR9271, using the same chip and firmware as the TPE-N150USB, which was awarded RYF certification in April. The RYF certification mark means that the product [...]

Councils’ fear for high streets

Revised planning rules coming into force in England could lead to new clusters of betting shops and money lenders, accoding to local councils.
See BBC web site for the full story.

Scrap metal dealers will have to hold licences

All scrap metal dealers will have to hold licences as strict new regulations penalising rogue traders became law today (March 1st 2013).
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act, which will come into effect later this year, will require metal dealers to satisfy their local authority that they are a legitimate trader. It will give local authorities and [...]

Google publishes video to show how it feels to wear Google Glasses

See more about this on the BBC web site.

BBC News - Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs

The government announces plans to relax the official child to adult ratios in nurseries and other childcare settings.
See: BBC News - Nursery ratios raised to cut childcare costs.

European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent

European Parliament adopts deeply flawed unitary patent, gives up power over innovation policy
Today, the European Parliament has adopted a proposal to create a patent with unitary effect for Europe. This decision will leave Europe with a patent system that is both deeply flawed and prone to overreach. It also ends democratic control of Europe’s innovation [...]

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