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How should employers protect personal data? A review of the Nikkei data breach

Published on 13 June 2022. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Lillian Wong, Associate

The recent investigation report on the hacking of the email systems of Nikkei China (Hong Kong) Limited ("Nikkei") published by the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data ("PCPD") on 17 February 2022 is a helpful reminder to employers to protect against cyberattacks and ensure compliance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486) (the "Ordinance").

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The Week That Was - 10 June 2022

Published on 10 June 2022. By Ben Goodier, 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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Injunction granted over stolen NFTs held on constructive trust

Published on 10 June 2022. By Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate and Dan Wyatt, Partner and George Fahey , Associate

In a highly anticipated judgment, the Commercial Court in Lavinia Deborah Osbourne v (1) Persons Unknown (2) Ozone Networks Inc held that "there is at least a realistically arguable case" that non-fungible tokens ('NFTs') are to be treated as property in English Law.

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Marex Strikes Again: Giles v Rhind exception to rule against reflective loss is "dead for all intents and purposes"

Published on 10 June 2022. By Camilla Cook, Associate and Chris Ross, Partner

Despite it being almost two years since the Supreme Court judgment in Marex Financial Ltd v Sevilleja [2020] UKSC 31 considered the principle of reflective loss, the courts continue to grapple with its impacts and effects in relation to existing cases, many of which were stayed pending the appeal.

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Hong Kong's Legislative Council approves Cancellation of MPF Offsetting

Published on 09 June 2022. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Sakshi Buttoo, Registered Foreign Lawyer

On 9 June 2022, the Legislative Council passed the Employment and Retirement Schemes Legislation (Offsetting Arrangement) (Amendment) Bill, which abolishes the controversial MPF offsetting mechanism.

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Tax Bites - June 2022

Published on 09 June 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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Appeal against discovery assessment allowed as SATR was filed by unauthorised agent

Published on 08 June 2022. By Keziah Mastin, Associate

Allowing an appeal by Mr McCumiskey, the First-tier Tribunal held that HMRC's discovery assessment was invalid on the basis that the purported tax-return had been fraudulently filed and had included an unauthorised and unsubstantiated claim for SEIS relief.

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Creating a new class of insurance (With Neta Rozy)

07 June 2022

Welcome to Insurance Covered, the podcast that covers everything insurance. In this episode Peter is joined by Neta Rozy, CTO of Parametrix, and they will be discussing the creation of a new class of insurance.

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Trade mark infringement: Amazon inadvertently hits its target

Published on 07 June 2022. By Sarah Mountain, Partner and Emma Dunnill, Senior Associate

Online businesses should take note of a recent Court of Appeal decision, in which Amazon was found to have infringed BEVERLY HILLS POLO CLUB (BHPC) trade marks by targeting and making sales of US branded goods to consumers in the UK and EU (Lifestyle Equities CV v Amazon UK Services Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 552). The decision also provides a helpful reminder of the relevant case law and the key principles of targeting.

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The Week That Was - 1 June 2022

Published on 01 June 2022. By Ben Goodier, 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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Directors did not breach fiduciary duty in relation to insolvent company's participation in failed tax avoidance scheme

01 June 2022

In Stephen John Hunt (Liquidator of Marylebone Warwick Balfour Management Ltd) v Richard Balfour-Lynn and others [2022] EWHC 784 (Ch), the High Court decided that the directors of a company which went into liquidation after participating in a failed tax avoidance scheme did not breach their fiduciary duties and payments made pursuant to the scheme were not transactions defrauding creditors.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 41

Published on 30 May 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 Elizabeth Zang, Associate and Emanuele Santella , Associate

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

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Fake it till you make it? The Government says no more to fake reviews plus tightens up on subscription models

Published on 30 May 2022. By Stevie Vella , Associate

The UK Government has confirmed that new consumer rules will come into force to "shield the public from rip-offs and boost competition". Although not confirmed when these will be introduced, the top three issues on its hit list are fake reviews, "subscription traps" and prepayment schemes.

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The Week That Was - 27 May 2022

Published on 27 May 2022. By Ben Goodier, 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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FCA Review of AML failings at challenger banks

Published on 27 May 2022. By James Wickes, Partner and Amber Oldershaw, Associate

Throughout 2021, the FCA conducted a detailed review into the financial crime controls of challenger banks as they continued to enter the UK financial industry at a rapid pace. Their surge in popularity is partially linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has prompted significant changes in the habits of service providers worldwide. Whilst the FCA's review indicated some evidence of good practice, it is clear that challenger banks must do more to reduce the significant risks of financial crime occurring both at the time of customer onboarding and throughout the subsequent customer journey.

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The Fire Safety Act – An update

Published on 27 May 2022. By Georgina Haynes, Associate and Katharine Cusack, Partner and Alexandra Anderson, Partner

Since the Fire Safety Bill received Royal Assent on 29 April 2021, it has been in limbo, waiting for its provisions to be brought into force. This has now happened, at least in part, with the publication of the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 (the Regulations) made under article 24 of the Fire Safety Order (the FSO).

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What if the CEO asks me about…. a visit from an Environmental Health Officer

Published on 27 May 2022. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Oliver Bray, Senior Partner and Sophie Tuson, Senior Associate

Whilst Environmental Health Officers ("EHO") are often thought to be solely responsible for inspecting food safety requirements, their responsibilities are far wider, including monitoring and enforcing health and safety legislation, and issues relating to public health (such as food hygiene and pest infestations). Their remit extends across a large range of industries, including restaurants, hotels and retail premises.

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Gleeson Privies: Can non-parties to an arbitration be estopped by it?

Published on 26 May 2022. By Kirtan Prasad, Senior Associate and Tatiana Minaeva, Partner

The recent judgment in PJSC National Bank Trust and others v Boris Mints and others(1) clarifies that arbitral proceedings can give rise to an issue estoppel or abuse of process claim against a non-party who is a "privy" of a party to the arbitration. However, the court observed that this would be exceptional given the contractual and confidential nature of arbitration.

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V@ update - May 2022

Published on 26 May 2022. By Adam Craggs, Partner

Welcome to the May 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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Lawyers Covered - May 2022

Published on 26 May 2022. By Will Sefton, Partner and Carmel Green, Partner and Tina Campbell, Senior Associate and Aimee Talbot, Senior 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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General Liability newsletter – May 2022

Published on 25 May 2022. By Gavin Reese, Partner and Fiona Hahlo, Partner and Jonathan Drake, Senior Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of our general liability newsletter, rounding up some of the key cases from the last few months.

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Dismissal for refusing to attend work during Covid-19 lockdown: automatically unfair?

Published on 25 May 2022. By Ellie Gelder, Senior Editor Employment & Equality and Charlotte Reid, Senior Associate

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has found the dismissal of an employee, who refused to attend work during the first Covid-19 lockdown due to concerns about his vulnerable child, was not automatically unfair.

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Centre of vital interests tiebreaker test saves taxpayer over £10 million

Published on 25 May 2022. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

High net worth individual on right side of centre of vital interests tiebreaker test.

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Model Articles deemed unsuitable for sole director companies

Published on 24 May 2022. By Rupert Wyles, Senior Associate

A recent decision of the High Court in Hashmi v Lorimer-Wing [2022] EWHC 191 (Ch) has suggested that the model articles for private companies are not suitable for companies with a sole director appointed.

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Customs and excise quarterly update - May 2022

Published on 24 May 2022. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Michelle Sloane, Partner

Welcome to the May 2022 edition of RPC's Customs and Excise Quarterly Update. In order to enhance your reading experience, we have adapted the format. We hope you like it

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Catastrophe Risk Modelling (With Karen Clark)

24 May 2022

Welcome to Insurance Covered, the podcast that covers everything insurance. In this episode Peter is joined by Karen Clark, Co-Founder of Karen Clark & Company and they will be discussing catastrophe risk modelling.

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Are you a "person discharging managerial responsibility"? High Court clarifies meaning of PDMRs under FSMA

Published on 23 May 2022. By Carolin Ayres, Associate and Jake Hardy, Partner

In a recent interim decision in Allianz Global Investors GmbH and Ors v G4S Ltd (formerly G4S plc) [2022] EWHC 1081 (Ch), Mr Justice Miles clarified the scope of the expression "persons discharging managerial responsibility" ("PDMRs") for the purpose of establishing liability under s.90A and Schedule 10A of Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA").

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Beware the client who is too busy to litigate

Published on 23 May 2022. By Will Sefton, Partner and Tom Morris, Associate

Clients need to understand from the outset of litigation not only how significant the cost of litigation can be, but also the time commitment.

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Take 10 - 20 May 2022

Published on 23 May 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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The Case of The Missing Crypto

23 May 2022

What should you do if your crypto is stolen?

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Sports Ticker (20 May 2022) - Rugby World Cup, BT x Warner Bros Discovery merger and the end of EA x FIFA's partnership- a speed-read of commercial updates from the sports world

Published on 20 May 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 Jake Daniels become the UK's first active male professional footballer to come out publicly as gay – sparking significant support from across the sport, the agreed sale of Chelsea FC for £4.25 billion, and Rob Edwards join Watford FC amidst some discontent from his (soon to be) former club Forest Green, we feature updates on the Rugby World Cup, BT and Warner Bros Discovery pay-TV deal, and the end of a 30-year partnership between EA and FIFA. We also provide updates on the BBC and Talksport's purchase of Premier League audio rights and F1's increased fan base following the success of Drive to Survive.

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Irrelevant to any issue in the proceedings? High Court orders complete re-review of party's redactions under disclosure pilot scheme

Published on 20 May 2022. By Tim Potts, Senior Associate and Daniel Hemming, Partner

In JSC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky and other the English court determined that, having adopted an unduly narrow approach to relevance, the first defendant should conduct a complete re-review of each of over 6,000 WhatsApp messages in order to determine whether the redactions that had been applied could be maintained, and to provide further information about each redacted message.

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The Week That Was - 20 May 2022

Published on 20 May 2022. By Ben Goodier, 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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Mariana v BHP may expand scope of environmental group litigation

Published on 19 May 2022. By Lucy Dyson , Partner and Marcela Calife Marotti, Associate

The much-anticipated Court of Appeal decision on a claim resulting from Brazil's worst environmental disaster could herald a new era for group litigation against multinationals in the English courts.

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HMRC's civil and criminal powers

Published on 19 May 2022. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

HMRC has been provided with extensive and wide-ranging powers, which have increased exponentially in recent years. This article considers HMRC’s main investigatory and assessment powers, by reference to its general enquiries, as well as specific/aspect enquiries, including criminal investigations.

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Football regulator heralds new era for The Beautiful Game

Published on 18 May 2022. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Kate O'Malley , Associate

Last month, sports minister Nigel Huddleston formally confirmed the government’s support for the 10 strategic recommendations set out in the final report published last December by the independent fan-led review into governance, ownership and sustainability in English football.

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Accounting rules prevail following HMRC loss in the Supreme Court

Published on 18 May 2022. By Keziah Mastin, Associate

Dismissing an appeal by HMRC, the Supreme Court in HMRC v NCL Investments Ltd and another [2022] UKSC 9, held that deductions for corporation tax purposes are allowable for grants of employee share options.

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Is the crypto market at the end of its Tether?

Published on 18 May 2022. By Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate

The crashing out of Terra has unleashed fears of unsettled investors, rising disputes and fraud exposure.

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Privy Council decides that banks owe no Quincecare duty to a beneficial owner of monies in an account

Published on 17 May 2022. By Tom Hibbert, Global Head of Commercial Disputes and Jonathan Cary, Partner and Alan Williams, Partner and Jake Hardy, Partner and Chris Ross, Partner and Olivia Dhein, Professional Support Lawyer

A bank does not owe the beneficial owner of account monies any duty of care in negligence, including any Quincecare duty: this was the conclusion of the Privy Council in the Isle of Man case Royal Bank of Scotland International Ltd v JP SPC4 and another. The appeal concerned a fraud where the account holder had defrauded the beneficial owner of the monies, an investment fund, by paying funds out of the relevant bank accounts in contravention of a legitimate investment scheme.

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RPC Bites #47 –Kellogg's takes on the Government, certain HFSS restrictions are postponed and ingestible CBD products fall foul of FSA rules

Published on 17 May 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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How to prevent discrimination in the Workplace: practical advice for Hong Kong employers

Published on 17 May 2022. By Andrea Randall, Partner and Lillian Wong, Associate

Hong Kong law prohibits discrimination in the workplace. Unless an exemption applies, it is unlawful to directly or indirectly discriminate on the grounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, breastfeeding, disability, family status and race (each a "protected characteristic").

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The Week That Was - 13 May 2022

Published on 13 May 2022. By Ben Goodier, 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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Court of Appeal says no to purely factual appeals

Published on 12 May 2022. By Dan Wyatt, Partner and Sean Cannon, Associate

In the context of a dispute as to whether funding provided from a father to his son to purchase a property constituted a gift or a loan, the Court of Appeal re-articulated the very limited circumstances in which an appeal court may interfere with a trial judge's conclusions on primary facts. The trial judge must be "plainly wrong", in the sense that their conclusion was "rationally insupportable" in order to warrant such interference. The court also considered a list of features of purely factual appeals which are unlikely to succeed in the appeal court.

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Corporate tax update - May 2022

Published on 11 May 2022. By Ben Roberts, Partner

Welcome to the latest edition of our Corporate Tax Update, written by members of RPC's tax team.

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The Importance of Brand (with Ben Bolton)

11 May 2022

Welcome to Insurance Covered, the podcast that covers everything insurance. In this episode Peter is joined by Ben Bolton for his second appearance on the podcast. In this episode we discuss the growing importance of brand in commercial insurance.

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Tax Tribunal confirms documents sought by HMRC were legally privileged

Published on 11 May 2022.

In Colin Wiseman v HMRC [2022] UKFTT 00075 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) confirmed that certain documents which were requested by HMRC under paragraph 1, Schedule 36, Finance Act 2008, were subject to legal professional privilege (LPP) and should not be disclosed.

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Court of Appeal upholds the CAT's opt-out certification in Le Patourel v BT

Published on 10 May 2022. By Chris Ross, Partner and Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner and Leonia Chesterfield, Senior Associate

Last week, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in Le Patourel v BT Group. BT's appeal against the Competition Appeal Tribunal's decision to grant a collective proceedings order (CPO) on an opt-out* basis was unsuccessful. In a claimant-friendly ruling, the Court of Appeal held that the CAT's opt-out determination was correct and that direct account crediting at distribution stage would be permissible.

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Climate-related financial disclosures: what companies and LLPs need to know about the UK's new mandatory rules

Published on 10 May 2022. By Kate O'Malley , Associate

The UK's new climate-related financial disclosures: mandatory requirements to come clean

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Covid rent arrears: get negotiating and don't leave arbitration too late

Published on 10 May 2022. By Eleanor Harley , Senior Associate and Mike Kilner, Consultant

It is "crucial" that retail tenants with outstanding Covid-19-related arrears, negotiate with landlords as soon as possible and apply for binding arbitration by 23 September 2022 if needed to resolve the dispute.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 40

Published on 09 May 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 Elizabeth Zang, Associate and Emanuele Santella , Associate

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

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