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Court of Appeal draws distinction between claims for recovery of tax and restitution for tax paid out fraudulently

Published on 07 April 2022. By Alan Williams, Partner and Poppy St John, Associate

In Skatteforvaltningen v Solo Capital Partners,(1) the Court of Appeal investigated in detail the operation of rule 3(1) of Dicey, Morris & Collins on the Conflict of Laws (edition 15) (Dicey rule 3), which provides that English courts do not have jurisdiction over actions for "the enforcement, either directly or indirectly, of a penal, revenue, or other public law of a foreign State". The Court decided that the Danish tax authority's claim did not fall within Dicey rule 3 as it concerned the restitution of monies misappropriated by fraud rather than enforcement of tax.

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High Court refuses permission for unissued contempt application where breach of freezing order only technical

Published on 14 October 2021. By Poppy St John, Associate

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In Pharmagona Limited v Taheri,(1) the High Court refused to seal and issue a contempt application as the breach, if it had occurred, was only technical, and it was therefore inappropriate for the application to succeed.

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Hire Heels: why the rental clothing market matters

Published on 16 September 2021. By Simon Edwards, Partner and Poppy St John, Associate

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The old saying that "you can't wear the same outfit twice" doesn't fit well with younger consumers in particular, who are concerned about sustainability and the environmental hazards posed by fast fashion outlets.

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Delays expected: why high-speed rail projects are failing worldwide

Published on 03 June 2021. By Poppy St John, Associate

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Throughout history, railways have been a universal symbol across the world of prosperity and innovation. From the steam railways spanning swathes of the American West in the 1800s, to the futuristic bullet trains of Japan, for centuries nations have invested heavily in the construction of new trainlines to embrace modernity and connect various far-flung cities. As rail journeys become more and more ubiquitous, with 463 million rail journeys undertaken in the UK in 2019-2020, high speed rail seems to be the logical next step to make rail travel faster, more efficient and greener…in theory.

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Trainees take on 2021

Published on 02 February 2021. By Elizabeth Zang, Associate and Georgia Durham, Associate and Matt Davies, Trainee Solicitor and Nicole Clerk, Trainee Solicitor and Poppy St John, Associate and Becky Baker , Trainee Solicitor

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Published on 17 April 2020. By Poppy St John, Associate

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Is a 'right to disconnect' a productive workplace policy?

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Trainees Take on 2020

Published on 27 February 2020. By Elizabeth Zang, Associate and Georgia Durham, Associate and Matt Davies, Trainee Solicitor and Poppy St John, Associate and Sean Cannon, Associate

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RPC's trainees had mixed fortunes in attempting to predict the major events of 2019. As can be seen from our 2019 predictions blog, Theresa May's departure was correctly predicted, but the trainees were well wide of the mark in forecasting Beto O'Rourke as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for the US Presidency: Beto suspended his campaign on November 1 2019, a full four months before primary season. No one foresaw the UK's first December general election since 1923 either, which is perhaps more forgivable.

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