Commercial law review of the year: 2014

Commercial law review of the year: 2014

It is Christmas Eve Eve and I'm in a reflective mood.

I have no choice really.

The gargantuan mother ship that is Christmas has landed and most of the legal world has boarded it. The Tube is empty; the roads are quiet and the government has seemingly announced pretty much everything that it needs to announce for the year.

So there's no better time to look back at the last 12 months of blog posts from us at Comet.

If you are sat in the office trying to eke out the last few hours before the ship takes off, why not check out some of 2014's highlights below.

(And if you don't quite make it to the bottom of the post: may you and yours have a happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy and successful 2015!)


The Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 October 2014. They introduced new rights of redress for consumers disadvantaged by misleading or aggressive sales practices, including misleading advertising. For details on this, and other developments, check out these posts:

Bribery and corruption

This year saw the first conviction by the Serious Fraud Office under the Bribery Act 2010. Here's what you need to know about recent developments and how to avoid breaking the law in the first place (spoiler alert: this is usually a good idea):

Consumer protection

2014 saw many developments: from the coming into force in June of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 to the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014. Here's our top posts in this area:


There hasn't really been any game-changing Donoghue v Stevenson type cases this year. That said, contract law and its application never stands still. Here are some of our most popular posts:

Data protection/ IT/ e-commerce

If not much happened in contract law, the same could not be said in the realm of data protection. The 'right to be forgotten'—or 'right to be slightly less remembered'—case and new data retention laws caused many commentators to go into a mini-meltdown. On the other hand, nothing really happened with the Data Protection Regulation. Check out our posts on this and many other topics here:


2014 saw the adoption by the EU of three new procurement directives. 2015 will see them being implemented into UK law. Here are our articles on what you needed (and still need) to know:

Social media

Social media (and its inevitable abuse) continued to make headlines over the year. Check out our guide on how you and your clients can use it in a nice, and not nasty, way:


The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on New Year's Day 2014. To this end, check our interview with Steve Kuncewicz who gave his view on the how the Defamation Act 2013 has been reshaping the defamation landscape:

Legal practice:

We also like to do blog posts on applying the law in practice: how to use Twitter, draft schedules, avoid common drafting errors and the like. Have a wee peek at these below:

And what about 2015?

Our LexisPSL Commercial consultation tracker, cases tracker and legislation tracker track developments in detail on a weekly basis.

We have combined this wealth of information into a report containing a series of timelines which bring together the key themes from those trackers, and set out what lawyers and business leaders need to know about future key legal developments in commercial law from 2015 onwards...

The report includes the following areas:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Agency, distribution, franchising and outsourcing
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Consumer credit
  • Consumer protection
  • Contract law
  • Data protection, privacy & freedom of information
  • Gambling
  • Public procurement
  • Sale and supply of goods and services

Click here to download your free copy

See you next year!

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