ADR procedure nearly complete
Consumers should have easier access to rapid and cost-effective resolution of disputes with traders over goods or services, following the introduction of two pieces of legislation adopted by the European Parliament on 12 March 2013: a Directive on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), for disputes between consumers and traders, and a Regulation on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Member states will be required to implement the new rules within two years and the ODR platform should be available by the end of 2015.
Small claims procedure consultation
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the European Small Claims Procedure, which has been available since 1 January 2009, to assess its practical operation with a view to improving, simplifying and modifying it (it can be found at ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/civil/opinion/130318_en.htm). The deadline for responses is 10 June 2013.
Trade mark modernisation
Michel Barnier, commissioner for the internal market, has introduced plans to make the European Union’s trade mark rules more efficient.
His aim is to overhaul the existing rules to make national systems more business- friendly by reducing the cost and complexity. The legislative proposal will be transmitted to the Parliament and the Council under the co-decision procedure, with implementation, it is hoped, in spring 2014.
In this issue
- Sep rep: wrong, wrong, wrong?
- The extra e in estate
- You’re NOT fired!
- Controlling tendency
- Case closed
- “Discrimination Against Women in the Law”: a forum report
- Reading for pleasure
- Opinion column: Brenda Mitchell
- Book reviews
- President's column
- Best measures
- Man in the hot seat
- Cohabitant awards: do they add up?
- A breach too far
- Lawyer of many facets
- Last piece of the jigsaw
- Partnerships: a firm line
- One bite at the cherry
- Whither Whittome?
- Achieving pension regime change
- Steve Webb's potty time
- Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal
- Honours shared
- e-business: call the shots
- How not to win business: a guide for professionals
- A year in focus
- Ask Ash
- Law reform roundup
- New firm, same clients?
- Diary of an innocent in-houser
- From the Brussels office