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Customs and excise quarterly - February 2021

Published on 23 February 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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In this update we report on (1) HMRC's proposed new powers to combat illicit tobacco trading; (2) a policy paper setting out how the temporary and pre-lodgement models will operate to control goods coming from the EU to Great Britain; and (3) HMRC Guidance that can be used to check whether a business holds Authorised Economic Operator status.

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Taxing Matters: Private prosecutions: an essential part of your business' toolkit

22 February 2021

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We are experiencing a surge in economic crime – the National Crime Agency estimates fraud alone costs UK businesses around £140 billion a year. With the CPS and SFO barely able to scrape the tip of the iceberg, many businesses have turned to private prosecutions to recoup losses and protect their reputation.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 29

Published on 22 February 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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Financial CrimeCast: Sarah Pritchard

Published on 19 February 2021. By Sam Tate, Partner and Emily Pica, Associate (Australian Qualified)

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Welcome to Financial CrimeCast. In this series, the Centre for Legal Leadership, supported by RPC, talks to leaders in the field of financial crime, compliance and ethics. Guests discuss their career journey, what they have learnt along the way and the financial crime issues they see on the horizon.

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Commercial Court cracks down on crypto-fraudsters (if it can find them)

Published on 18 February 2021. By Dan Wyatt, Partner and Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate and Becky Baker , Trainee Solicitor

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In the first initial coin offering 'ICO' fraud case before the Commercial Court, Ion Science Limited & Duncan Johns v Persons Unknown & Ors, the court granted permission to serve disclosure orders on two cryptocurrency exchanges through which the claimants' stolen bitcoin had been traced, granted a world-wide freezing order against persons unknown, and gave ground-breaking guidance on the lex situs of crypto-assets.

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Take 10 #11

18 February 2021

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Welcome to RPC's fortnightly digest for media lawyers. This month's digest reports on key media developments and latest cases.

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RPC Bites #25 - Dry January further boosts no/lo sales, PepsiCo and Beyond Meat join forces and Mondelez faces price fixing allegations

Published on 18 February 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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National Security and Investment Bill – when will it come into force?

Published on 17 February 2021. By Neil Brown, Partner

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This blog considers when the National Security and Investment Bill might come into force, and the risk that transactions currently underway might be caught by the incoming rules.

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Embiricos: HMRC cannot issue a partial closure notice without specifying the amount of tax due

Published on 17 February 2021. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In HMRC v Embiricos [2020] UKUT 370 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT),in allowing HMRC's appeal, has held that HMRC cannot issue a partial closure notice without specifying how much tax is due.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #5 - Referral to Professional Conduct Committee

Published on 16 February 2021. By Emma Wherry, Senior Associate and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

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Further to our previous four articles detailing the stages of the Architect Registration Board's disciplinary process up to the Investigations Panel Stage, this article considers the steps that are taken by the ARB in order to refer the matter to the Professional Conduct Committee and the steps that an Architect may wish to take to prepare for that hearing.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #5 - Referral to Professional Conduct Committee

Published on 16 February 2021. By Emma Wherry, Senior Associate and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

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Further to our previous four articles detailing the stages of the Architect Registration Board's disciplinary process up to the Investigations Panel Stage, this article considers the steps that are taken by the ARB in order to refer the matter to the Professional Conduct Committee and the steps that an Architect may wish to take to prepare for that hearing.

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UK Courts find hidden voice in film authorship dispute

12 February 2021

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The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has found that there was there was an additional joint author of the Florence Foster Jenkins screenplay – in a decision of significant relevance to the film industry.

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Sports Ticker (12 February 2021) - Super Bowl LV, NBA investment and Ligue 1 broadcasting

Published on 12 February 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, 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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Retail Compass Spring edition 2021

12 February 2021

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Welcome to the Spring edition of Retail Compass. We present our guide to the key upcoming legal and policy changes affecting Retail and our thoughts on the need-to-know issues - as retailers look forward to a post-pandemic landscape.

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The jurisdiction eagle has landed…in the Courts of England & Wales

Published on 11 February 2021. By Parham Kouchikali, Partner and Nina Pulimood, Associate

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Does the governing law for passing off claims fall under Article 6 or Article 8 of Rome II? The High Court's explores this in Lyle & Scott Limited v American Eagle Outfitters Inc(1).

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When is an error a serious irregularity? The English court demonstrates its approach to correcting arbitration awards

Published on 11 February 2021. By Tatiana Minaeva, Partner and Rosy Gibson, Associate

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A tribunal's admission of a simple computational error, and its refusal to correct it, was a serious irregularity that had caused substantial injustice. On the basis of this, the English court remitted an arbitration award to the tribunal for correction so that the tribunal would have the room to carry outs its stated intention to award substantial damages to one of the parties.

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The 2021 Budget and M&A

Published on 11 February 2021. By James Mee, Partner and Ben Roberts, Partner

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Many in business will have a keen eye on Rishi Sunak's Budget announcement that is due on 3rd March. As always, there is intense press speculation as to the measures that may be announced.

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Amazon in the clear as it fails to hit the target

Published on 10 February 2021. By Ben Mark, Partner and Samuel Coppard, Associate and Matt Davies, Trainee Solicitor

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The High Court has dismissed claims brought against Amazon by Beverly Hills Polo Club for alleged trade mark infringement, arising out of products sold on the US website amazon.com but which are visible to consumers in the UK and EU.

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Warshaw – Cumulative preference shares constituted ordinary share capital and qualified for entrepreneurs' relief

Published on 10 February 2021. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

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In HMRC v Stephen Warshaw [2020] UKUT 366 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) has upheld the First-tier Tribunal's (FTT) decision that cumulative preference shares with rights to compound accrued but unpaid dividends constituted "ordinary share capital" for the purposes of section 989, Income Tax Act 2007 (ITA) and therefore qualified for entrepreneurs' relief (ER).

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The role of claims in client service

08 February 2021

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Welcome to Insurance Covered! The podcast that looks at the inner workings of the insurance industry with the help of expert guests. For this episode we are doing something a bit different.

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Taxing Matters: Sanctions in a post-Brexit landscape

08 February 2021

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From the 1st January 2021 the new UK sanctions framework officially came into force under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (SAMLA).

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Tax Bites - February 2021

Published on 04 February 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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

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Take 10 #12

04 February 2021

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Welcome to RPC's fortnightly digest for media lawyers. This month's digest reports on key media developments and latest cases.

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GameStop – a game of chicken?

Published on 04 February 2021. By Simon Goldring, Partner

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The race to purchase shares in ailing American video game retailer, GameStop, has taken the investment world by storm over the last week, with amateur traders waging war on professional hedge funds.

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Time for public companies to come clean: New UK climate-related disclosures and ESG guidance

Published on 03 February 2021. By Connor Cahalane, Partner

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Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market will need to include a statement in their annual report confirming if they have made climate-related disclosures consistent with the recommendations of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Companies planning to IPO, or move from AIM to the Main Market, are also affected by these new Listing Rules.

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Rialas: UT dismisses HMRC's appeal in transfer of assets abroad case

Published on 03 February 2021. By Harry Smith, Senior Associate

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Taxpayer succeeds in defending HMRC appeal against transfer of assets abroad / TOAA regime application; anti-avoidance measures did not apply, held the Upper Tribunal.

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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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Sports Ticker (1 February 2021) - Investment in esports, Snodgrass omission and Sixth Street's takeover

Published on 01 February 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, 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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Diversity & Inclusion in the insurance industry

29 January 2021

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Welcome to Insurance Covered! The podcast that looks at the inner workings of the insurance industry with the help of expert guests. Our guest this week is Marc McKenna-Coles, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Lloyd's, and we will be discussing diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 28

29 January 2021

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Welcome to latest edition of Cyber_Bytes, our bi-weekly roundup of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks.

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RPC Insurtech in brief – January 2021

Published on 29 January 2021. By Neil Brown, Partner and Lauren Murphy, Associate

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

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V@ update - January 2021

Published on 28 January 2021. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Rebekka Sandwell, Senior Associate

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Welcome to the January 2021 edition of RPC's V@, an update on developments in the VAT world that may impact your business.

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RPC Bites #24 - Brexit hits Percy Pigs, HFSS restrictions to become law in 2022 and a reminder that despite popular belief, honey is not medicinal

Published on 27 January 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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Development Securities – Court of Appeal considers company tax residence

Published on 27 January 2021. By Rebekka Sandwell, Senior Associate

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In HMRC v Development Securities PLC and Others [2020] EWCA Civ 1705, the Court of Appeal (CoA) has allowed HMRC's appeal against a decision of the Upper Tribunal (UT) and confirmed that certain Jersey based companies were resident in the UK, rather than in Jersey.

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The Brexit deal and tax – what did we end up with?

Published on 26 January 2021. By Ben Roberts, Partner

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Over the festive period a Brexit deal was finally agreed between the UK and the EU, just in time for the end of the transition period on New Year's Eve.

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Part 2: Top 5 corporate crime compliance trends for the year ahead

26 January 2021

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As we commence a new year in the midst of unprecedented global challenges, here is our take on the key financial crime risk and compliance trends you need to be aware of in 2021.

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Dry January? No/lo drinks to start 2021

Published on 26 January 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Elizabeth Zang, Associate

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The popularity of no/lo drinks has skyrocketed with no/lo drinks toppling craft beer as the UK's top tipple in 2020 (the SIBA British Craft Beer Report 2020).

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What "winning on a technicality" really means in disputes with HMRC and why technical points are very important

25 January 2021

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In the latest episode of the Taxing Matters podcast, Harry Smith gives a crash course in procedural arguments in the context of a dispute with HMRC.

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Take 10 #10

22 January 2021

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Welcome to RPC's fortnightly digest for media lawyers. This month's digest reports on key media developments and latest cases.

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The risks of going large (again)

Published on 21 January 2021. By Katharine Cusack, Partner and Michael Porter, Associate and Alexandra Anderson, Partner

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In our July 2020 article , we looked at the case of Hart and Hart v Large, which concerned a survey undertaken by Mr Large for the Harts.

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Project Blue (No 2): HMRC must refund overpaid SDLT

Published on 20 January 2021. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In Project Blue Ltd v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 475 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) held that the taxpayer was entitled to repayment of SDLT, as part of the consideration for the property in question was contingent, within the meaning of section 51, Finance Act 2003 (FA 2003) and was never paid.

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Hong Kong courts further expand remote hearings for civil cases

Published on 20 January 2021. By Jonathan Crompton, Partner and Rebecca Wong, Senior Associate

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Part 1: Top 5 corporate crime enforcement trends for the year ahead

19 January 2021

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As we commence a new year in the midst of unprecedented global challenges, here is our take on the key financial crime risks and trends you need to be aware of in 2021.

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Financial CrimeCast: Fidelis Omozuapo

Published on 19 January 2021. By Sam Tate, Partner and Emily Pica, Associate (Australian Qualified)

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Welcome to Financial CrimeCast. In this series, the Centre for Legal Leadership, supported by RPC, talks to leaders in the field of financial crime, compliance and ethics. Guests discuss their career journey, what they have learnt along the way and the financial crime issues they see on the horizon.

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Sports Ticker (15th Jan 2021) - Ice skating body infringed competition law, Sport in England will not be banned under the new national lockdown, British Boxing Board of Control suspend all tournaments

Published on 18 January 2021. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, 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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Corporate Tax Update - January 2021

18 January 2021

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Corporate Tax Update, written by members of RPC’s tax team. This month’s update reports on some of the key developments from December 2020. Included in this update are summaries of an unexpected twist in the DAC6 saga, a call for evidence on VAT and the ‘sharing economy’, and the Court of Appeal decision in the Development Securities case. As ever we hope you, your family and friends are all staying safe.

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Snapshots Winter 2020

15 January 2021

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

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A holistic assessment of the fairness of penalty terms in consumer contracts

15 January 2021

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Case C-738/19 A v B EU:C:2020:687 (10 September 2020)

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Annual Insurance Review 2021

14 January 2021

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Welcome to RPC's 2021 annual insurance review. No prizes for guessing what we will be talking about this year.

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A look at cyber insurance

14 January 2021

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Welcome to Insurance Covered! The podcast that looks at the inner workings of the insurance industry with the help of expert guests. This episode we are joined by Dania Rifaat, Speciality Claims Manager at Hiscox, and we will be looking at cyber insurance.

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