Queen's Speech 2015: a guide for commercial lawyers

Queen's Speech 2015: a guide for commercial lawyers

The Queen has just delivered the 64th speech of her government (the 62nd that she has delivered in person) at the State Opening of Parliament.

The speech set out the government’s legislative programme for the new parliamentary session.


These are the bills that impact on commercial lawyers in particular (with our initial comments):

Enterprise Bill

Under this Bill, the government intends to set up a Small Business Conciliation Service to help settle disputes between small and large businesses, especially over late payment practices. This is likely to follow a model used in Australia.

The Bill will also look to extend and simplify the concept of ‘primary authority’, which was established under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008. This scheme allows a business to get advice on regulation from a single local council. This advice must then be respected by all other councils.

There will also be provisions in the Bill the aim of which will be reduce red tape (perhaps along the lines of the Red Tape Challenge?). More regulators will be covered by this initiative.

EU Referendum Bill.

The government will be looking to:

renegotiate the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union’ and ‘pursue reform of the European Union for the benefit of all member states.

The United Kingdom has been a member of the European Union since 1 January 1973. In the last referendum, in 1975, the question was, ‘do

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