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The High Court has held that Companies House was liable when it mistakenly recorded that a company which had been trading for 124 years had been wound up. 

As reported in October 2014, the government has recently undertaken a number of legislative steps to simplify and update UK consumer law. Under the Consumer Rights Bill it intends to give consumers better rights when they buy goods and services that are faulty and also new rights when buying digital content.

In the day-to-day running of a company, businesses are often overseen by individuals who are not legal directors registered at Companies House. This has important consequences, as such individuals may be exposing themselves to personal liability (both civil and criminal) for their acts or omissions in directing the company. 

Businesses should prepare themselves for yet more reform of consumer law in the UK, as the Consumer Rights Bill is currently being considered by Parliament. It is likely that some of the provisions of the Regulations will be repealed once the Bill is implemented.

On 25 June the government introduced the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which is designed to improve the legislative environment for small businesses and to enhance transparency of UK corporate ownership, as partner Theresa Grech of our company commercial team explains...

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