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 unsolicited texts to individual subscribers for the purposes of direct marketing. The government has recently transferred the function of […]

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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 shoppers and a subsequent super-complaint on misleading pricing practices in the grocery sector. Which? had claimed that retailers were misleading and […]

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MEES: Start acting now

From 1st April 2018, landlords will be prevented from renting out both residential and commercial properties if they do not meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES). The MEES was introduced in March 2015 by the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. From 1 April 2018, landlords of buildings where the […]

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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 Equality Act 2010 and the right to manifest religious beliefs and freedom of expression under the […]

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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 of automatic enrolment, and by the end of the staging timetable in February 2018, an […]

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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 TalkTalk Telecom Group plc for failing to keep personal data secure. The ICO’s investigation found that TalkTalk had failed […]

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Inheritance Tax – Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB)

  “Parents to be able to give houses up to £1 Million to their children free of inheritance tax” Behind this simple headline from last year, lies some very complex provisions.  Many of us thought that with the recent change of Chancellor of Exchequer that the proposal would be quietly dropped but it seems that […]

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