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The Week That Was - 19 August 2022

Published on 19 August 2022. By Ben Goodier, Partner and Alan Stone, Partner and Zoe Eastell, Partner and Katharine Cusack, Partner and Felicity Strong, Partner and Peter Mansfield, Partner and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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The October CPR update: three important changes for litigators

Published on 18 August 2022. By Charlotte Henschen (née Ducker), Partner and Ana Margetts, Associate

The traditional autumn update to the CPR this year comes with three developments of particular note for litigators: the permanent incorporation of the disclosure pilot into the CPR, amendments to the rules relating to service out of jurisdiction, and the simplification of certain Practice Directions including PD16 regarding Statements of Case (PD16).

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Clean beauty: Here to stay or be washed away?

Published on 17 August 2022. By Lauren Butler, Trainee

Beauty trends come and go, but with the sector now worth approximately £28bn in the UK alone, such trends have the opportunity to generate significant income for businesses. A recent movement around "clean" beauty has had a significant impact on the industry globally. It is estimated that nearly a third of the US market is "clean" beauty, and an increase of 12% is expected from 2020 to 2027. But what is "clean" beauty, why is it gathering pace and what does its future look like?

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The Meaning of Zong (With Giles Terera)

17 August 2022

Welcome to Insurance Covered, the podcast that covers everything insurance. In this episode Peter is joined by actor, singer, musician, playwright, author, filmmaker and director, Giles Terera. They will be discussing the play he co-directed and and performed in, 'The meaning of Zong' which looks back at one one of the most infamous insurance stories, the Zong Massacre.

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What'SUP? Single-Use Plastics (SUP) are next target in UK government's war on plastic waste

Published on 17 August 2022. By Binta Balogun, Trainee and Eleanor Harley , Senior Associate

It only takes a short walk along London's Regent's Canal to witness the sheer volume of littered single-use plastics (SUP).

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Permission to appeal not required for successful party to a tax appeal

Published on 17 August 2022. By Keziah Mastin, Associate

In dismissing the taxpayer's objection, the Upper Tribunal decided that HMRC, who had won before the First-tier Tribunal need not apply for permission to appeal in order to raise two new arguments in response to the taxpayer's appeal to the Upper Tribunal.

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European Parliament formally adopts Digital Services Act

Published on 16 August 2022. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Sophie Tuson, Senior Associate

Following provision political agreement by the Council and the European Parliament in April 2022, on 5 July 2022 the European Parliament formally adopted the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA has yet to be adopted by the Council.

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What if the CEO asks me about… using customer personal data to achieve our commercial objectives?

Published on 15 August 2022. By Amy Blackburn, Associate and Jon Bartley, Partner

As a society, we are increasingly able to collect, store and use large volumes of personal data. For retailers and consumer brands, this can provide a valuable source of intelligence around customer behaviour and market trends. While using personal data for these purposes undoubtedly provides opportunities, it can also potentially create risk due to the heavily regulated privacy landscape.

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The Week That Was - 12 August 2022

Published on 12 August 2022. By Ben Goodier, Partner and Alan Stone, Partner and Zoe Eastell, Partner and Katharine Cusack, Partner and Felicity Strong, Partner and Peter Mansfield, Partner and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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Sports Ticker (11 August 2022) - Sports Ticker: rugby authorities' revamp, UFC's Amazon deal and Commonwealth victories – a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world' to the website and social media channels

Published on 11 August 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate and Kate O'Malley , Associate

In a fortnight which saw England win the Women's Euro 2022 final after beating Germany 2-1 in front of 87,192 fans at Wembley, and retirement announcements from Open Era record holder and 23 times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams and four time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, we feature updates on Everton FC's partnership with blockchain fashion platform Fancurve, organisational changes to the Hong Kong Rugby Union and World Rugby and LeBron James' investment into German bicycle brand Canyon.

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Capital Gains and Principal Residence Relief: What Makes a House?

Published on 10 August 2022. By Liam McKay, Senior Associate

Allowing the taxpayers' appeals, the First-tier Tribunal held that, for the purposes of calculating entitlement to Principal Residence Relief under sections 222 and 223 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992, "dwelling-house" did not include the land on which the house was built, and "period of ownership" referred only to the period of ownership of the dwelling-house itself.

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The Week That Was - 5 August 2022

Published on 05 August 2022. By Ben Goodier, Partner and Alan Stone, Partner and Zoe Eastell, Partner and Katharine Cusack, Partner and Felicity Strong, Partner and Peter Mansfield, Partner and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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Tax Bites - August 2022

Published on 04 August 2022. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of RPC's Tax Bites - providing monthly bite-sized updates from the tax world.

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"Specifically mentioned": High Court clarifies rules about documents referred to in evidence under the Disclosure Pilot

Published on 03 August 2022. By Connie O'Conor , Associate and Matthew Evans, Of Counsel

In a judgment that has recently become publicly available (Michael Wilson and Partners Ltd v Emmott and others [2022] EWHC 730 (Comm)) the High Court rejected the claimant's request for disclosure of documents referred to in a witness statement which were "bound to exist". In doing so, the court re-emphasised the importance of clarity and specificity in relation to requests for disclosure.

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You've been airdropped: English court approves service by NFT and finds it arguable that cryptocurrency-exchanges hold misappropriated assets as constructive trustees

Published on 03 August 2022. By Dan Wyatt, Partner and Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate and Becky Baker , Trainee Solicitor

In D’Aloia v (1) Persons Unknown (2) Binance Holdings Limited & Others [2022] EWHC 1723 (Ch), the English court approved service of proceedings by NFT and found that it was arguable that cryptocurrency exchanges owed constructive trustee duties to cyber-fraud victims.

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Tribunal confirms discovery assessment was invalid as enquiry window was still open

Published on 03 August 2022. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

Tribunal allows taxpayer's appeal confirming that a discovery assessment raised under section 29 Taxes Management Act 1970, was invalid as the enquiry window was still open.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 43

Published on 02 August 2022. 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 Laura Thackeray, Senior Associate and Helen Monachan, Associate and Elizabeth Zang, Associate and Emanuele Santella , Associate

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

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Stream on! CMA halts plans to investigate music streaming market

Published on 02 August 2022. By Binta Balogun, Trainee and Marlon Cohen, Senior Associate

The UK's Competition & Markets Authority recently published its interim report on the music streaming market, prompting mixed responses from the music industry. Record labels, publishers and streaming providers appear generally pleased with the findings, but various artists, musicians, songwriters and managers say they believe it has underdelivered.

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An insurance tour of London (With Paul Miller & Joe Powell)

02 August 2022

Welcome to Insurance Covered, the podcast that covers everything insurance. In this special episode Peter is joined by 2 guests, Paul Miller of HFG Recruitment for his third appearance on the podcast and Joe Powell, Insurance Covered super fan and title insurance underwriter based in Alabama. In this episode they will be going on a walking insurance tour of London.

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Cyber Incident Reporting Obligations for Hong Kong Licensed Financial Services Companies

Published on 02 August 2022. By Jonathan Crompton, Partner and Flora Leung, Associate

The number of cyber-attacks is on the rise. In particular, financial services companies have been identified as key targets for threat actors in the Q2 of 2022.

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Back to basics on contract interpretation as Court of Appeal finds that natural meaning of settlement agreement prevails

Published on 01 August 2022. By Suera Hajzeri, Associate and Daniel Hemming, Partner

In Schofield & Anor v Smith & Anor [2022] EWCA Civ 824, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeals of a group of companies, finding that a settlement agreement entered into between the group companies and their bank released the companies' former administrators and their solicitors from all relevant claims, even though the settlement agreement had been agreed without the involvement of the administrators, and after the administration of the group companies had been concluded.

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Take 10 - August 2022

Published on 01 August 2022. By Keith Mathieson, Partner and Rupert Cowper-Coles , Partner and Alex Vakil, Partner and Alex Wilson, Partner and Samantha Thompson, Associate and Nadia Tymkiw, Associate and Mafruhdha Miah, Associate and Alex Pollock, Associate and Thomas Otter , Associate and Flora Bezzenberger, Associate and Megan Grew, Trainee

Welcome to RPC's Media and Communications law update for media lawyers. This month's digest reports on key media developments and the latest cases.

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Sports Ticker: CMA's probe into broadcasts, rugby class action and latest sportswear partnerships – a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 29 July 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Kate O'Malley , Associate and Joseph Akwaboa, Associate

In a fortnight which saw Cameron Smith win the 150th Open and various investigations into allegations of anti-competitive practices across the sports world (including an antitrust investigation into the PGA Tour concerning its response to LIV Golf), we feature updates on Castore's first female ambassador deal, rugby players' class action lawsuit and highlight the record-breaking attendance and viewership records of this year's UEFA's Women's Euros. As always, if there are any issues on which you'd like more information (or if you have any questions or feedback), please do let us know or get in touch with your usual contact at RPC.

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RPC Insurtech in brief - July 2022

Published on 29 July 2022. By Neil Brown, Partner and William Hogarth, Partner and Lauren Murphy, Associate and Marsha Williamson, Senior Associate

Welcome to the July 2022 edition of Insurtech in Brief – a selection of the latest Insurtech news and developments from across the globe.

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RPC Bites #49 – Kellogg's HFSS legal action fails, Ellie Goulding's seltzer falls foul of ASA rules and is the 'alcohol free' threshold about to change

Published on 29 July 2022. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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 Week That Was - 29 July 2022

Published on 29 July 2022. By Alan Stone, Partner and Ben Goodier, Partner and Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Tom Green, Partner and Zoe Eastell, Partner and Felicity Strong, Partner and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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HMRC investigating hundreds of UK customers of Puerto Rico-based Euro Pacific Bank

Published on 29 July 2022. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Alice Kemp, Senior Associate (Employed Barrister)

HMRC investigating hundreds of UK customers of Puerto Rico-based Euro Pacific Bank.

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The Professional Negligence Law Review, Edition 5

Published on 29 July 2022. By Nick Bird, Partner

The Professional Negligence Law Review provides an indispensable global overview of the law and practice of professional liability and regulation. It covers the fundamental principles of professional negligence law in each jurisdiction, including obligations, fora, dispute resolution mechanisms, remedies and time bars. The authors then review factors specific to the main professions and conclude with an outline of recent developments and issues to look out for in the year ahead.

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Lawyers Covered - July 2022

Published on 28 July 2022. By Claire Revell, Partner and Carmel Green, Partner and Aimee Talbot, Senior Associate and Stacey Davies, Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of our Lawyers Liability & Regulatory Update, in which we look back over the last month at key developments affecting lawyers and the professional risks they face.

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Municipio de Mariana-v-BHP – the evolution of environmental group litigation in the English courts

Published on 28 July 2022. By Marcela Calife Marotti, Associate and Lucy Dyson , Partner

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeal handed down its much-awaited decision in Municipio de Mariana -v- BHP . This was an appeal by over 200,000 Brazilian claimants seeking to overturn the High Court's dismissal of £5bn group claims against BHP (England and Australia), in relation to damage arising from the 2015 Fundao dam collapse and worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history. The cases are now able to proceed in the English courts against BHP England and BHP Australia (causes of action under Brazilian law, including strict liability as an indirect polluter and fault based civil liability).

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ICO fines Clearview AI over £7.5m for facial recognition database

28 July 2022

How are public bodies and regulators responding to the rise in use of facial recognition technology?

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ECJ allows consumer protection associations to bring actions for data protection rights infringement

28 July 2022

Does the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enable consumer protection associations to bring legal proceedings against persons responsible for breaching data protection laws, even if they are acting without the involvement of a consumer?

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DCMS launches consultation on intervention into app security and privacy

28 July 2022

Will a new voluntary Code of Practice encourage better practices amongst app developers and operators to tackle cybercrime?

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ICO launches AI and Data Protection Toolkit

28 July 2022

How can those engaged in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems utilise the Information Commissioner’s Office’s AI and data protection risk toolkit (the Toolkit) to better ensure compliance with data protection legislation?

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European Commission and US announce “in principle” agreement on Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework

28 July 2022

Are we any nearer to a new transatlantic data privacy framework?

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V@ update - July 2022

Published on 28 July 2022. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Harry Smith, Senior Associate

Welcome to the July 2022 edition of RPC's V@, an update which provides analysis and news from the VAT world relevant to your business.

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Court of Appeal finds that damages-based agreements are not available to defendants

Published on 27 July 2022. By Simon Hart, Partner and Alastair Hall, Associate

The Court of Appeal has found that damages-based agreements (DBAs) are not available to non-counterclaiming defendants (Candey Ltd v Tonstate Group Ltd & Ors). [2022] EWCA Civ 936. In reaching this conclusion, the court held that agreements between legal representatives and defendant clients, which provide for payment to the legal representative of a percentage of sums that the client has resisted paying to its opponent (and where the client received no financial benefit from its opponent), were unlawful and unenforceable.

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Financial Services Litigation Hong Kong Chapter

Published on 27 July 2022. By Jonathan Crompton, Partner and Lillian Wong, Associate

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Agent was careless notwithstanding white space disclosure

Published on 27 July 2022. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

White space disclosure on tax returns not a defence against claim of carelessness, as FTT upholds discovery assessments.

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Double warning for legal professionals: do not cut corners with disclosure

Published on 26 July 2022. By Stacey Davies, Associate

Further to a recent decision made by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service, the Bar Standards Board has suspended a "top criminal silk" from practice on grounds of professional misconduct in respect of his failure to disclose material evidence during criminal proceedings in 2007. The decision, and the judgment made by the Court of Appeal in those proceedings, reiterates the importance of the ongoing obligation on legal professionals to give disclosure and comply with their duties to the court.

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PLC QTRLY - Q2 2022

Published on 26 July 2022. By Connor Cahalane, Partner

This is our regular quarterly update to help our listed company clients and other market participants keep up to date with key developments relevant to issuers on the Main Market and AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Product law bulletin – July 2022

Published on 26 July 2022. By Gavin Reese, Partner and Mamata Dutta, Legal Director and Elinor Sidwell, Associate and Andrew Martin, Associate and Bonar Whitlock, Trainee Solicitor

Welcome to the latest edition of our product law bulletin, this month we focus on: • New guidance published for market safety and product recalls, • Plans from the government to ease UKCA marking transition • OPSS's final report on their Study on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Product Safety • Self-driving cars given the green light • Allergen update: Natasha Trial to treat people living with food allergies • FSA issue a final call for CBD products to be add to the public list

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Banking and financial litigation markets update - Summer 2022

Published on 25 July 2022. By Carolin Ayres, Associate and Lucy Baughan, Associate and Jonathan Cary, Partner and Jessica Davies, Associate and Olivia Dhein, Professional Support Lawyer and Jake Hardy, Partner and Simon Hart, Partner and Charlotte Henschen (née Ducker), Partner and Tom Hibbert, Global Head of Commercial Disputes and Tim Potts, Senior Associate and Chris Ross, Partner and Emily Saffer, Associate and Poppy St John, Associate and Christopher Wheatley , Senior Associate and Alan Williams, Partner

In this overview we look at some of the most important judgments in recent months in the area of banking and financial markets litigation.

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The Week That Was - 22 July 2022

Published on 22 July 2022. By Alan Stone, Partner and Ben Goodier, Partner and Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Tom Green, Partner and Zoe Eastell, Partner and Felicity Strong, Partner and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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Is the FCA to blame for BSPS? MPs seem to think so

Published on 22 July 2022. By Rachael Healey, Partner

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday published a report entitled "Investigation into the British Steel Pension Scheme". The report makes a number of recommendations in light of its investigations in to the FCA's conduct and regulatory oversight at the time of the issues arising from the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) and in particular the decision by 7,834 members to transfer to a personal pension arrangement. The report is heavily critical of the FCA's handling of BSPS and its regulatory oversight of the defined benefit transfer market generally. Given the request in the report for an update from the FCA on its progress on the various recommendations and conclusions in 6 months' time, we wait to see how the FCA reacts to yet further criticism of its handling of BSPS at a time when it is reviewing responses to the consumer redress scheme consultation.

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High Court holds litigation funder liable for costs that pre-dated funding agreement

Published on 22 July 2022. By Chris Ross, Partner and Jodie Egan, Senior Associate

The Commercial Court has held a litigation funder to be jointly and severally liable for the defendants' costs from a date prior to the litigation funding agreement and despite the involvement of other funders in The ECU Group plc v HSBC Bank Plc & ors [2022] EWHC 1616 (Comm).

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Parliamentary Group urges UK government to help musicians and crew tour Europe more easily

Published on 21 July 2022. By Marlon Cohen, Senior Associate

The All-Parliamentary Group on Music (a cross-party group of more than 100 MPS and Peers) together with representatives from the music industry set out the urgent steps the Government needs to take to help UK musicians following Brexit.

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The Summer of ‘Pre-Love’: Has Fast Fashion been Dumped by the British Public?

Published on 20 July 2022. By Ela Broderick-Basar, Associate

ITV’s Love Island is back on our screens, officially marking the British summer. This year the show is dumping fast fashion and ‘coupling up’ with its first-ever second-hand clothing sponsor, eBay, with contestants now donning pre-loved pieces sourced from the resale platform.

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HMRC fails to discharge burden of proof in appeal against personal liability notices

Published on 20 July 2022. By Harry Smith, Senior Associate

Taxpayer win in case where MTIC fraud alleged in relation to zero-rating of supplies for VAT.

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