Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in August

Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in August

As we move into Autumn you may start to wonder where the year has gone.  For those of you who managed to leave the office behind for your summer holidays here's what you missed by way of the top 5 commercial law developments over August, as chosen by the team at Comet.

 Advertising and marketing: ASA issues guidance on price promotions

Following an adjudication on an advertising campaign by Tesco, the Committee on Advertising Practice has issued guidance clarifying its approach to regulating price advertising. Whilst the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is aware that there is currently a review of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Pricing Practices Guide taking place, and that this may have an impact on pricing practices in the future, the need to ensure clarity of pricing for consumers is highly likely to remain a prominent feature. 

Confidentiality: High Court rules on breach of confidence case

The High Court has dismissed a claim for breach of confidence in JRC Roofing Distributors v Philbin [2014] EWHC 2455 (Ch), [2014] All ER (D) 257 (Jul). The defendant worked for the claimant company as a managing director. He was dismissed at a meeting in December 2012. On the day of the dismissal, after the meeting, he forwarded company documents to his personal email account and went home. The company brought proceedings for breach of confidence. The High Court held that, on the evidence, the defendant had not behaved improperly, and the claim would be dismissed. The events of the meeting were disputed. Following the meeting, the defendant sent an email to his personal email address including some confidential data on the suppliers of the company and their products. After doing so, the defendant left the company premises. The defendant admitted that he had sent the email to his personal account, but said that he had done so in the course and for the purposes of his employment and not for any wrongful purpose. A number

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