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A look at micro insurance (a podcast with Rose Goslinga)

28 June 2021

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Welcome to Insurance Covered. In this episode we discuss micro insurance with Rose Goslinga, co-founder of Pula, a micro insurance company based in Kenya. We will look at why micro insurance exists and why it has become a vital source of cover for so many people in Kenya and beyond.

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Directors' duties and conflicts of interest – application to former directors

Published on 28 June 2021. By Ben Magahy, Senior Associate

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The High Court has recently considered the scope of the duty to avoid conflicts of interest as it applies to former directors of a company.

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Health and safety update - June 2021

28 June 2021

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Welcome to this month's health and safety update. View the headlines below or click the pdf at the bottom of the page to read the full articles.

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V@ update - June 2021

Published on 24 June 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Rebekka Sandwell, Senior Associate

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Welcome to the June 2021 edition of RPC's V@, an update which provides analysis and news from the VAT world relevant to your business.

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Rediscovering ADR

Published on 23 June 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), in the form of mediation, remains an important part of the tax dispute resolution process. In light of the backlog of cases caused by Covid-19, and the practice statement issued by the Tribunal last year, we expect that taxpayers and HMRC will begin to re-examine and embrace ADR which can be an effective method of resolving disputes with HMRC.

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What is "mutuality of obligation" and why does it matter in the world of work?

Published on 22 June 2021. By Kelly Thomson, Partner

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Any business which needs work to be done for it makes a choice as to how that work is procured and delivered.

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Retailers to be consulted on new legislation for protection from terrorist attacks

Published on 22 June 2021. By Jonathan Drake, Senior Associate and Gavin Reese, Partner

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The Government is currently consulting with the public and retailers to seek their views on proposed legislation requiring the occupiers of "publicly accessible locations" to implement measures to protect employees and members of the public in the event of a terrorist attack.

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Re-commerce: the future of luxury fashion?

Published on 21 June 2021. By Paul Joukador, Partner and Harpreet Kaur, Associate

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With Gen Z successfully catapulting fashion resale platforms like Depop, StockX and Vinted into the limelight over the last decade, has the time come for the luxury market to enter the world of re-commerce?

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Ashbolt and Arundell: challenging search warrants

21 June 2021

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In the latest episode of Taxing Matters, we take a closer look at the recent case of Ashbolt and Arundell v HMRC, which involved a challenge to the lawfulness of search warrants.

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Supreme Court Changes to the Assessment of Loss in Professional Negligence Claims

Published on 18 June 2021. By Nick Bird, Partner and Bryony Howe, Senior Associate

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On 18 June 2021 the Supreme Court handed down two judgments in cases examining the application of the SAAMCo principles. These are principles that have dominated the law of professional liability since 1997 and limited the recovery of damages by claimants against professionals. In these judgments the Supreme Court significantly alters the tests for determining whether a particular loss falls within the scope of duty of the professional.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #6 - Professional Conduct Committee Hearing: What to expect

Published on 18 June 2021. By Emma Wherry, Senior Associate and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

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Further to our previous five articles detailing the stages of the Architect Registration Board's (ARB) disciplinary process up to the Referral to Professional Conduct Committee stage, this article considers the Professional Conduct Committee Hearing, and what Architects should expect if their case reaches this stage.

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Sports Ticker (17 June 2021) - RPC Sports Ticker: The FA's first female chair, CVC's "One Tennis" plans and Boris backs bowler

Published on 17 June 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Jaleela Johnson, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

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Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Tax liability insurance (a podcast with Giles Hambly)

17 June 2021

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Welcome to Insurance Covered. In this episode we discuss tax liability insurance and why many businesses are choosing to take it out.

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RPC Insurtech in brief - June 2021

Published on 17 June 2021. By Neil Brown, Partner and Daniel Guilfoyle, Partner and Lauren Murphy, Associate

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Welcome to the June edition from RPC of Insurtech in brief, providing you with a handful of snappy monthly updates from the industry.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 33

Published on 16 June 2021. By Richard Breavington, Partner and Daniel Guilfoyle, Partner and Ian Dinning, Senior Associate and Rachel Ford, Senior Associate and Christopher Ashton, Senior Associate and Bethan Griffiths, Senior Associate and Ridvan Canbilen, Associate

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Welcome to Cyber_Bytes, our bi-weekly round up of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks.

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William Grant & Sons v Lidl: where to be-gin?

Published on 16 June 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner and Sarah Mountain, Senior Associate

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On 25 May 2021, the Scottish Court of Session (SCOS) granted an interim interdict (akin to an interim injunction), which prevents Lidl from selling its own brand 'Hampstead gin' in Scottish stores, pending the outcome of the matter at trial.

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William Grant & Sons v Lidl: where to be-gin?

Published on 16 June 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner and Sarah Mountain, Senior Associate

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On 25 May 2021, the Scottish Court of Session (SCOS) granted an interim interdict (akin to an interim injunction), which prevents Lidl from selling its own brand 'Hampstead gin' in Scottish stores, pending the outcome of the matter at trial.

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Tooth – Supreme Court rejects the concept of 'staleness' and confirms the meaning of 'deliberate'

Published on 16 June 2021. By Rebekka Sandwell, Senior Associate

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In HMRC v Tooth [2021] UKSC 17, the Supreme Court, in dismissing HMRC's appeal, confirmed that a discovery assessment issued under section 20, Taxes Management Act 1970 (TMA) will not be invalid because a large period of time had elapsed between the discovery being made and the assessment being issued by HMRC and that for a taxpayer to bring about a loss of tax as a result of a deliberate inaccuracy in a document there must be an intention to mislead HMRC.

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RPC Bites #33 – Battle of the gins, the future of soft plastics and serious food for thought for advertisers of HFSS products

Published on 15 June 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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The Great British (Local) High Street

Published on 14 June 2021. By Dea Gagoshidze, Trainee Solicitor and Simon Edwards, Partner

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There is no doubt that the UK high street has been hit hard in recent years, not least by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. But alongside the headline grabbing news of shop closures, there were in fact over 7,500 new shop openings between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

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Streaming platforms to consolidate? "The stuff that dreams are made of"

Published on 10 June 2021. By Alessandro Cerri, Senior Associate and Sophie Parkinson, Trainee Solicitor

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Discovery and AT&T's WarnerMedia are merging to create a streaming behemoth named Warner Bros. Discovery, and Amazon is reportedly in talks to acquire Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). Will this mark a trend in the consolidation of streaming platforms, and what are the implications?

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Snapshots - Spring 2021

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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A roundup of key legal developments for the modern commercial lawyer.

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Three Mobile claim to be “the best network for data” misleading

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What are the limits and substantiation requirements on advertisers in relation to claims on being the “best network for data” in the telecommunications sector?

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UK authorities consider position of AI in preparation for a new Golden Age of Tech

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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The question: What direction is the UK taking regarding policies on artificial intelligence (AI)?

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ASA upholds misleading “Jab & Go” claim against Ryanair

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How careful do you need to be in your ads when using phrases such as “Jab & Go” or “Vaccine?”

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Avoiding “Fake Views” – CAP publishes guidance on testimonials and endorsements

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What enforcement options are available against marketers who use fake reviews to promote their goods or services?

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Committee of Advertising Practice publishes guidance for marketing on TikTok

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What does the Committee of Advertising Practice’s (CAP) new guidance note on marketing on TikTok tell us about making compliant ads for the platform?

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ASA upholds Ladbrokes gambling ad as socially irresponsible for problematic behaviour

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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Is a gambling ad that features potentially problematic behaviour socially irresponsible?

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ASA rules “was” pricing claim by Watches of Switzerland as misleading

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How long does it take for a lower price claim to become the “usual” selling price for a product? What if the previous higher price ran for three years, and the lower price is in place for ten months? Does this period of time negate the ability to use the higher price as a “was” price comparison?

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ASA upholds use of filters in social media beauty ads as misleading

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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Should influencers be allowed to use filters when advertising cosmetic products?

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DCMS begins inquiry into influencer culture and the power of influencers in marketing

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What are the UK government’s future plans for influencer marketing

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Snapshots Spring 2021: Your advertising and marketing fix

09 June 2021

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A roundup of key legal developments in advertising and marketing for the modern commercial lawyer.

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The Technology & Construction Court considers when damages will be awarded for wrongful termination of a services agreement

Published on 09 June 2021. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

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CIS General Insurance Ltd v IBM United Kingdom Ltd [2021] EWHC 347 (TCC)

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Commercial Court uses its freezing injunction powers in the battle to identify crypto fraudsters

Published on 09 June 2021. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

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Ion Science Ltd v Persons Unknown (Unreported, 21 December 2020)

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Data Subject Access Requests | High Court declines to issue order compelling compliance with multiple DSARs when used abusively or for an alternative purpose

09 June 2021

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Can the courts decline to order compliance with data subject access requests (DSARs) if they are used abusively or for a purpose other than acquiring personal data?

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Penalty clause regarding IP rights harsh but not unenforceable

Published on 09 June 2021. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

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Permavent Ltd and another v Makin [2021] EWHC 467 (Ch)

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Making online games safer by design

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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How does the UK Gambling Commission’s new rules modify online game design?

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Government to review the Gambling Act

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What legislative changes are being considered to address the risks associated with modern gambling?

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Unfair Contract Terms Directive | Fairness of term containing possibility of creating a significant imbalance

09 June 2021

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When should the fairness of a term be assessed in a consumer contract?

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New “right to repair” regulations due Summer 2021

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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What requirements will manufacturers and importers of consumer goods, particularly electronic displays, need to meet under new “right to repair” rules?

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European Commission awards draft adequacy decision to the UK

09 June 2021

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How can data transfers between the UK and the EU be securely and legally executed following Brexit?

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European Council makes progress on the ePrivacy Regulation

09 June 2021

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Where have the negotiations on the ePrivacy Regulation got to and what comes next?

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ICO launches data analytics toolkit

09 June 2021

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What’s in the ICO’s new data analytics toolkit, and how far down the privacy compliance road does it take you?

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European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issues draft guidelines for data breach notification

09 June 2021

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What more could be done to aid data controllers in responding to personal data breaches and the practical considerations they face while operating under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

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EDPB adopts guidelines on virtual voice assistants

09 June 2021

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Virtual voice assistants (VVAs) are becoming mainstream. What are the data protection implications and how does the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) suggest you address them?

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DCMS publishes prototype trust framework on digital identity products and services

09 June 2021

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What is the potential impact of the trust framework on the provision and use of digital identity services published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)?

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ICO resumes investigation into real time bidding (RTB) and AdTech

09 June 2021

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What will be the ultimate impact of the ICO’s continuing investigations into RTB and AdTech?

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Leads Works lands £250,000 fine for sending marketing messages without consent

09 June 2021

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What level of fine are you looking at for sending mass marketing messages without consent?

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UK publishes response to consultation on online harms

09 June 2021

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What does the government’s response to its consultation on the Online Harms White Paper mean for “Big Tech”?

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The EDPS publishes its opinion on the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

Published on 09 June 2021. By Oliver Bray, Senior Partner

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The question: What recommendations has the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) made in respect of the EU’s proposed Digitals Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA)?

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