As you may be aware, the State Opening of Parliament in turn prompts the House of Lords to host the Queen's Speech (presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to be precise). It is initially drawn up by the recently elected government - in this case the Conservatives - and offers an outline of the policies and proposed legislation for the new parliamentary session.
This highly reported case was predictably, regardless of the outcome, going to be a significant ruling with far-reaching implications. A customer, Mr Lee was refused service by Ashers bakery (based in Northern Ireland) despite having already placed his order as the cake he required was designed with “Support Gay Marriage” to be inscribed in the icing.
The Shared Parental Leave regulations, which came into effect last month (April 2015), mean that fathers can share their partner’s maternity leave entitlement of 52 weeks providing the mother takes two weeks off directly after giving birth. It applies to parents of children born or adopted after 5th April 2015.
QualitySolicitors’ research shows that fathers across the South East are welcoming the new Shared Parental Leave laws, with 62% saying they would take the full leave. However, even with this in mind, many have identified reasons for not wanting to take advantage of this law. Such reasons include financial pressures (47%), a sense of duty to be the main earner (40%) and for fear that their colleagues would be annoyed at their absence (27%).
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) - which comes into force on 1st October 2015 - will provide consumers with new rights regarding faulty or incorrectly advertised goods, services and digital content. While some provisions will come in earlier than the aforementioned date, this act constitutes a major reform of consumer protection law.