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6 top priorities for GCs following the Brexit vote

29 June 2016

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6 clear priorities for in house legal leaders emerged from the dialogue that I had with Bruce Macmillan, the former in-house lawyer who heads our Centre for Legal Leadership:

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Pension Deed rectified by Summary Judgment without a hearing

Published on 29 June 2016. By Alan Williams, Partner and Geraldine Elliott, Partner

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The High Court has recently granted summary judgment for rectification of a trust deed without a hearing. The judge did this "in such plain circumstances" where the evidence demonstrated that there was "no real prospect of a realistic challenge" to the position that the final version of the deed should have been executed, not an earlier draft.

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Brexit - a legal analysis: Competition

Published on 28 June 2016. By Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner

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The implications for competition law and practice will very much depend on what form of Brexit the UK will end up negotiating. At one end of the spectrum the UK could join the European Free Trade Association and the European Economic Area, an avenue that is likely to generate the fewest changes. If the UK were to seek a total exit, falling back on World Trade Organisation (“WTO”) rules to continue trading with the EU, the potential changes would be more wide-ranging as outlined below.

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Brexit - a legal analysis: IP rights

Published on 28 June 2016. By Paul Joseph, Partner

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IP rights in the UK are all influenced and moulded to a greater or lesser degree by European law.

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High Court encourages use of FOS to resolve disputes

24 June 2016

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The Commercial Court has encouraged the use of the FOS to resolve disputes, by granting a stay to enable claimants to benefit from what it described as a more economical and informal process.

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Hong Kong - China's window of the business world 

23 June 2016

David Smyth - Senior Partner, Asia - considers Hong Kong's role in a global market.

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Brexit and "Topsyturvydom": Wish-casting and dog-whistles portrayed as "fact" and vice versa

22 June 2016

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While I have been absorbing the "debate" about Brexit over the past few weeks, the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan have increasingly been coming to mind. Those gentlemen were legendary for creating comic "Topsy Turvy" situations where absurd scenarios were taken to even more absurd, but apparently logical, conclusions to great comic effect. More recently the term "topsy turvy" has also come to mean "Upside down" and/or "a state of total chaos".

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PRA gold plates EU audit committee requirements for significant insurers

Published on 21 June 2016. By Andrew Price, Senior Associate

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Is your audit committee PRA compliant? New PRA rules out this month require designated "significant" insurers to fill their audit committees solely with independent non-executive directors.

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How would a Brexit affect the NHS?

Published on 21 June 2016. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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The potential effect of a Brexit on the NHS has become a key political battleground with wildly divergent statistics being quoted and outlandish claims being made by both campaigns. Should the UK vote to leave the EU on 23 June there are a number of potential impacts on the NHS, outlined below.

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How would a Brexit affect employment in the UK?

20 June 2016

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Whilst the papers tell us to panic and the politicians speak of a potential apocalypse, the general view is that there will likely be very little immediate change to employment law should we vote to leave the EU on 23 June 2016.

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How would a Brexit affect Intellectual Property laws in the UK?

Published on 17 June 2016. By Amelia Cave, Associate

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The future of IP law in the UK might not be at the top of your list of considerations when thinking about which way to vote on the 23 June. However, this area of law is heavily harmonised across the EU meaning that a vote to leave could have serious ramifications for businesses relying on IP rights.

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Caveat Emptor: Buyer's inadequate notice precludes £3.5m warranty claim

Published on 16 June 2016. By Matthew Evans, Senior Associate and Geraldine Elliott, Partner

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In Teoco v Aircom (unreported), the High Court has held that a buyer gave inadequate notice of certain breach of warranty claims, thereby preventing it from pursuing those claims (worth c. £3.5m).

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How would a Brexit affect the banking and finance sector in the UK?

16 June 2016

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Financial services represent around £26bn or 57.5% of the City of London's total income and accounts for 7.5% of the total national income of Great Britain; 18% of cross-border lending is arranged in the UK and over 250 foreign banks are in London. A Brexit could threaten the City of London's well established reputation as detailed below.

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The new 'notification injunction'

Published on 15 June 2016. By Jonathan Wood, Head of International Arbitration

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In Holyoake v Candy the High Court considered the court's power to grant a "notification injunction" requiring the Defendants to give written notice before disposing or dealing with their assets. The decision is of interest to applicants seeking an alternative to a freezing injunction where there is concern that a respondent may deal with their assets so as to frustrate the enforcement of any future judgment.

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Anti-suit injunctions

15 June 2016

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In Sea Powerful II, the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong recently dismissed a plaintiff ship owner's appeal against a judge's refusal to grant an anti-suit injunction to restrain the holder of a bill of lading from continuing with court proceedings in mainland China in breach of a Hong Kong arbitration clause

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How would a Brexit affect the property market in the UK?

Published on 15 June 2016.

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Industry participants have forecast a slowdown in residential and commercial property markets in the lead up to polling day on 23 June.

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How would a Brexit affect the cost of living in the UK?

14 June 2016

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The Brexit campaign is littered with statistics about the impact of a Brexit on the UK's economy. But how does this translate to its potential impact on the cost of living?

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How would a Brexit affect law firms in the UK?

13 June 2016

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As with many sectors, the implications of a Brexit for law firms in the UK are largely unknown and heavily dependent on the UK's relationship with the EU. Law firms will need to be alive to the impact across different practice areas as well as on the business as a whole.

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Professional negligence claims set for adjudication

Published on 10 June 2016. By Tom Lloyd, Senior Associate

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How would a Brexit affect environmental protection in the UK?

Published on 10 June 2016.

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In 2013, the EU introduced an interim ban on a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.

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How would a Brexit affect the insurance industry in the UK?

09 June 2016

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The insurance industry plays an essential part of the UK economy and manages investments equivalent to 25% of the UK’s total net worth.

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How would a Brexit affect online shopping from the EU?

Published on 08 June 2016. By Rachael Ellis, Associate

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In or out? No matter which side you’re on, there’s one thing we can all agree on: we buy a lot from Europe.

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House of Fraser held to account by Jack Wills

Published on 07 June 2016. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Georgia Davis, Legal Director

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How would a Brexit affect our trade relationship with Europe?

Published on 07 June 2016. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

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There are a number of variables which would materially shape our trade relationship with Europe in a post-Brexit world.

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How would a Brexit affect financial services regulation in the UK?

Published on 06 June 2016. By Cristina Faro, Associate

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Financial services is one of the UK's most important sectors, contributing over £126bn to the UK economy and representing 10% of GDP. The key post-Brexit issues for the sector are summarised below.

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Health and Safety June Update

03 June 2016

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Health and safety update June 2016

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Tax update

01 June 2016

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The Finance Bill 2016 contains provisions which will introduce a specific penalty linked to the General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) provisions.

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Comic Enterprises remains gleeful as CofA upholds series marks

Published on 31 May 2016. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

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The Court of Appeal recently ruled on an outstanding aspect of the appeal brought by Twentieth Century Fox in the "Glee" trade mark dispute.

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"New" Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act and what corporates need to know

Published on 31 May 2016. By Jonathan Charwat, Senior Associate

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The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 and the late payment provisions in the Insurance Act 2015 changes are set out

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Max Schrems toppled Safe Harbor – will the Model Clauses be next?

27 May 2016

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On Monday, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner announced that it intends to seek clarification on the legal status of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (the Model Clauses).

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Break Notice – All 4 one?

27 May 2016

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The recent Chancery Division case of Levett-Dunn & ors v NHS Property Services Ltd [2016] EWHC 943 (Ch) considers the validity of a break notice served on four landlords, all "care of" the same address.

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Would you know what to do if you received a Production Order from HMRC?

Published on 27 May 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

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Last year HMRC issued over 1,400 production orders. They were issued by HMRC’s Criminal Investigation Directorate, as part of investigations into tax evasion and money laundering.

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World eSports Association formed

Published on 26 May 2016. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

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A new governing association was formed this month by the Electronic Sports League (“ESL”) and a number of eSports teams.

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Financial List signposts tough road for contractual construction

26 May 2016

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A recent decision in the High Court (Hayfin v Windermere VII CMBS), one of the first from the Financial List, has demonstrated a strict approach to contractual construction and interpretation in relation to negotiated documentation for financial traded instruments. It also shows the potential of the Financial List to provide helpful and clear guidance on the application of existing case law in the context of financial markets.

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FIFA’s Member Associations approve package of reforms

16 May 2016

“FIFA is currently going through the worst crisis of its history. The current crisis should also be considered as a unique opportunity for FIFA to renew itself.”

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FCA focuses on suitability

Published on 13 May 2016. By Esme Watson, Associate

Have you received a request from the FCA for your suitability reports recently?

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Tribunal allows taxpayer's appeal following poor customer service by HMRC

Published on 13 May 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Usher & Perkins, Executors of Terence J Guy (deceased) v HMRC [2016] (TC04849), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT), allowed the executors' appeal against a penalty.

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Advising on accessing pension pots, is there gold at the end of the rainbow?

Published on 13 May 2016. By David Allinson, Senior Associate

As readers of this blog will know, sweeping changes were made to the UK pensions industry in April 2015 which allowed retirees to access the full value of their pension fund without the need to purchase an annuity.

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Costs - issue at your peril

12 May 2016

A recent decision re-emphasises the costs risks a claimant faces if it issues proceedings but does not serve them.

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