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Value Added – New VAT "joint liability" risk for online marketplaces

Published on 30 April 2018. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director and Jani Ihalainen, Paralegal

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The flow of goods cross-border has increased significantly as a result of the inexorable rise of the online marketplace. Policing the tax aspect of online businesses has created numerous difficulties for national authorities. In no area is this felt more than VAT, where many online traders (both inside and outside the EU) have opted wittingly or otherwise to evade tax by simply not registering or accounting for VAT in any jurisdiction.

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Properties are Heating Up – New Minimum Energy Efficiency standard to come into force

Published on 29 March 2018. By David Johnston, Partner and Jani Ihalainen, Paralegal

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On 1 April 2018 the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 ("the Regulations") will come into force, introducing Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards ("MEES") for privately rented properties, including retail properties.

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Takeaways from Retail Week Summit 2018

26 March 2018

Find out some of our key takeaways from the Retail Week Summit 2018

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Reality Retail

Published on 16 February 2018. By Amelia Cave, Associate and Ben Harris, Trainee Solicitor

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Continuing its trend of introducing disruptive innovations to the retail market, Amazon recently opened its first checkout-free supermarket, 'Amazon Go', to the public. In light of this, we thought we would take a look at some of the other retailers using innovative technology to revitalise their bricks and mortar offering.

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And the (Christmas) results are in: Part II

Published on 17 January 2018. By Henry Priestley, Senior Associate and Umut Bektas, Trainee Solicitor

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Since our previous update many retail companies across the UK have posted their festive financials with several big retailers posting disappointing Christmas results.

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Our latest set of retail law 'Snapshots' are now available

Published on 15 January 2018. By Alyson Lloyd, Senior Associate and Jonathan Greenway, Trainee Solicitor

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Each Snapshot focuses on the key questions: What's the development? Why does it matter? And what should you be doing about it.

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RPC Retail Compass: navigating future change

Published on 12 January 2018. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Karen Hendy, Head of Corporate

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We are delighted to present the 2018 Q1 and Q2 edition of RPC Retail Compass.

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And the (Christmas) results are in…

Published on 09 January 2018. By Henry Priestley, Senior Associate and Umut Bektas, Trainee Solicitor

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The focus of last year's post-Christmas update was Next's post-Christmas profit warning. This year however it was largely good news for the retailer as they reported that sales in the 54 days to 24 December 2017 were up by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2016. This is against Next's expectation in November 2017 that sales would fall by 0.3% for the period.

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Luxury brands: The tale of selective distribution systems and online platform restrictions

Published on 19 December 2017. By Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner and Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate

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In the much awaited Coty preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice (the "ECJ") has confirmed that, subject to certain conditions, luxury goods manufacturers can employ selective distribution systems to preserve the luxury image of their products and can prohibit their authorised distributors from utilising third-party online sales platforms.

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Changes to business rates calculations are good news for retailers

Published on 04 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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The government announced two changes to business rate annual increases in the Autumn budget, moving from RPI to CPI in April 2018 (rather than 2020 as originally proposed) and shortening the revaluation cycle. It is good to see that the government has listened to concerned businesses but will the changes go far enough?

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