Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in March

Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in March

Why are paper cuts so painful?

The question that overworked printers in The Stationary Office will no doubt be asking themselves this week.

All business in the House of Commons has now come to an end and there are no longer any Members of Parliament. However, just before their (temporary) extinction, MPs pushed through a large amount of new laws. On 27 March, 21 Acts of Parliament were published, with the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 alone coming at a whopping 287 pages.

That's a lot of printing, a lot of paper cuts (potentially), and—most importantly to commercial lawyers—a lot of new laws to digest and understand.

Of particular interest to commercial lawyers are these new Acts:

As always, we'll be providing practical commentary on these new laws as their provisions come into force.

In the meantime, here's the top five developments that the Comet team thought were of particular interest this month:

Advertising and marketing: ASA rules that 'world class' must mean just that

The ASA has upheld a complaint against a school which suggested that it was 'world class' on its website.

A complainant challenged whether the term 'world class' was misleading and could be substantiated. The school said that 'world class' was not a status awarded by Ofsted. They supplied details of the gradings that were awarded by Ofsted for overall effectiveness and the quality of education provided in the school. They said 'world class' was a term used in a variety of ways by many organisations to demonstrate that they had high aspirations, without there necessarily being an award or designation of 'world class'. They also supplied examples of organisations that used the term.

The ASA considered 'world class', used alongside references to high academic qualifications and a teaching team with a proven record in high performance in the context of an advertisement for a school, suggested an objective rating rather than an aspirational term, particularly when presented with capital letters and in speech marks or inverted commas.

As a result, the ASA considered

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