Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in November

Monthly commercial law update: Top 5 developments in November

So December is upon us (already?) and what's in store?

Will it be like December 1890 where no sunshine—at all— was recorded in London for the entire month?

I truly hope not.

What is certain is that the office party season is upon us; we'll soon have mince-pie fatigue and by the month's end we'll be champing at the bit to have a few days of downtime.

So before you reach for that second mince-pie and throw yourself into December, why not check out November's commercial law update. It contains details of some of last month's developments, many of which will be playing out with a vengeance  in 2015...

Consumer protection: BIS consults on guidance for Consumer Rights Bill

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is consulting on guidance on the Consumer Rights Bill, which is expected to enter force on 1 October 2015.

The government says that it is committed to having guidance in place well in advance of that date, to ensure businesses, consumers and enforcers are clear as to what the law means, that they know what is changing and what they need to do.

BIS is testing three pieces of guidance so that it can incorporate comments before it publishes final guidance. The guidance documents are based on the current form of the Bill, which is still completing its passage through parliament, so may change when the final form of the Bill is known. BIS has published draft guidance on unfair contract terms, investigatory powers and guidance for law enforcers on enhanced consumer measures. The consultation ends on 7 December, with results expected on 31 January 2015.

Supply of services: VAT mini one-stop shopping

With effect from 1 January 2015, new place of supply rules for e-services (and of telecommunications and broadcasting services) within the EU come into effect.

From that date, the place of supply of these services will change from the place where the supplier belongs to the place where the customer belongs. This means that an EU business providing

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