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Government publishes approach to post-Brexit trade deal with the EU

07 August 2020

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What is the Government’s approach to a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU?

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WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants – Supreme Court rules on vicarious liability for unlawful disclosure of personal data by rogue employee

07 August 2020

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Can an employer be held vicariously liable for the actions of a rogue employee leaking data?

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Ashley Judith Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP – Court of Appeal rules on legal professional privilege and “relevant filing system” in subject access dispute

07 August 2020

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Do paper files constitute a “relevant filing system” for the purposes of subject access requests (SARs)? Can legal professional privilege (LPP) be used to block a SAR made by a data subject that is owed a duty of “joint privilege” along with the lawyer’s primary client?

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GDPR Codes of Conduct and Certification schemes – the ICO is “open for business”

07 August 2020

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What is the ICO doing to make it easier for industry specific sectors to comply with GDPR? What is the benefit to businesses in adopting accredited codes of conduct?

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ASA ruling on ASOS – use of “affiliate” for a marketing communication

07 August 2020

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Is the use of “affiliate” sufficiently clear to identify an affiliate advertorial as a marketing communication?

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Continuing the free flow of personal data between the EU and the UK post-Brexit: DCMS Explanatory Framework for adequacy discussions

07 August 2020

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How might the Explanatory Framework recently published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) assist with enabling the continued free flow of data between the EU and the UK post-Brexit and how might the UK Government’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic affect this?

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ASA ruling on Boohoo.com – “Up to x% off everything” and countdown clocks

07 August 2020

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Can retailers use time limited offers on their website (eg using countdown clocks), and claim they have a sale of “up to x% off everything?”. Does the line “applicable to selected lines only” work as a disclaimer if not “all” your products benefit from the discount?

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Cookie walls and scrolling – updated EDPB guidance

07 August 2020

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Are cookie walls permissible? Can scrolling through a website constitute “consent”?

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ASA ruling on ASTOK Ltd t/a TVBet – unsubstantiated superiority claims

07 August 2020

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Did TVBet release ads which were misleading and unverifiable by claiming that they were #1 and that they had the biggest sports jackpot?

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Luxury and online marketplaces – the next chapter

07 August 2020

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Coty v Amazon (C-567/18)

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Force majeure and circumstances beyond reasonable control

07 August 2020

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2 Entertain Video Ltd v Sony DADC Europe Ltd [2020] EWHC 972 (TCC)

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ASA ruling on EE – misleading and ambiguous mobile network claims

07 August 2020

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Can mobile network providers claim superiority for a service they provide on their network in their ads?

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Contractual discretion; implication of Braganza duty

07 August 2020

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UK Acorn Finance Ltd v Markel (UK) Ltd [2020] EWHC 922 (Comm)

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Contractual estoppel; contractual representations

07 August 2020

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Wallis Trading Inc v Air Tanzania Co Ltd [2020] EWHC 339 (Comm)

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Make sure the price is right: using reference pricing in ads – Committee of Advertising Practice releases update on pricing practices

07 August 2020

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What are the key points to be considered when using reference pricing in your promotions?

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Contractual interpretation; limitation period for notifying claims

07 August 2020

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Towergate Financial (Group) Ltd & Ors v Hopkinson & Ors [2020] EWHC 984 (Comm)

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RPC Bites #14

Published on 07 August 2020. 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.

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CAP’s new “Quick Guide to Advertising Consumer Surveys”

07 August 2020

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How does the new “Quick Guide” ensure that marketing claims are made in a manner that complies with the CAP Code?

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A summary of the ASA Annual Report 2019

07 August 2020

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What are the key points arising from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) 2019 annual report, published on 3 June 2020?

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Rogue online sellers up against new UK consumer-protection weapon

07 August 2020

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What are the new powers granted to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to combat rogue trading in the digital arena?

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Contractual interpretation; rectification

07 August 2020

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Gwyn y Mor Ofto plc v Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm Ltd [2020] EWHC 850 (Comm)

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Consumer rights enhanced by the Omnibus Directive (part of the “New Deal for Consumers”)

07 August 2020

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What exactly is the Omnibus Directive? And how is it strengthening consumer rights?

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Is the promise of a severance payment a reasonable adjustment?

Published on 07 August 2020. By Kelly Thomson, Partner

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In this busy time, HR professionals would be forgiven for thinking that nothing beyond the realms of coronavirus is receiving any attention, however cases are still being decided and one Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case, regarding employers' duties to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled employees, is worth some further consideration.

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Supreme Court reflects on a narrower interpretation of "reflective loss"

Published on 07 August 2020. By Parham Kouchikali, Partner

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The Supreme Court has scaled back the scope of the reflective loss principle which has been expanded over the years. The reflective loss principle essentially prevents a shareholder from bringing a claim against a wrongdoer for the diminution in value of its shares or distributions that results from a loss caused by that wrongdoer to the company itself.

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CLC issue new Guidance on dispute resolution in the construction industry

Published on 07 August 2020. By Andrew Roper, Partner and Rhys Pennack-Thomas, Associate

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COVID-19 continues to cause significant disruption and delay to the construction industry. Whilst things are slowly returning to normal and construction sites are resuming work, there are concerns that the effect of the pandemic on projects may result in long-running and costly disputes arising. Accordingly, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) have issued guidance in an effort to promote a more pragmatic approach to dispute resolution.

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ASA ruling against Revival Shots

07 August 2020

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Can companies make health claims in ads for their food products?

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Complying with ASA rules during a pandemic

07 August 2020

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In light of the new UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Guidance, what do brands need to be aware of when marketing during the COVID-19 pandemic or similar “exceptional circumstances”?

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ASA ruling against Coral – “Have another go” and socially irresponsible gambling

07 August 2020

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How careful do you have to be when advertising repeat gambling?

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CAP issues advice notice on the marketing of gambling on eSports on social media

07 August 2020

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How do gambling operators stay on the right side of the advertising rules when creating marketing for gambling on eSports on social media?

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Courts reach a landing on the test for jurisdiction over co-defendants

Published on 06 August 2020. By Simon Hart, Partner and Emma West, Senior Associate

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The court can only assert jurisdiction over an EU domiciled co-defendant under Article 8(1) of the Recast Brussels Regulation if the claim against the anchor defendant is sustainable.

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Tax Bites - August 2020

Published on 06 August 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Constantine Christofi, 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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Royal Bank of Canada – Canadian bank liable to pay UK tax on assigned oil royalties

Published on 05 August 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

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In Royal Bank of Canada v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 267 (TC) the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) held that a Canadian bank was subject to UK tax on royalties assigned to it following its oil company creditor entering receivership.

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Calculating fair value – is it really fair?

Published on 04 August 2020. By Chris Brierley, Legal Director

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The difficulties in determining what is meant by the phrase "fair value" have been highlighted by a recent decision of the Privy Council in the case of Shanda Games Ltd v Maso Capital Investments Ltd.

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Where there's a will there's a remote possibility of a way

Published on 03 August 2020. By Simon Love, Senior Associate and Will Sefton, Partner

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In the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic the government has acted to change the law to allow wills to be witnessed remotely.

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A look at the Lloyd's Market Association

03 August 2020

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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.

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Taxing Matters: HMRC ramps up use of Account Freezing and Forfeiture orders

03 August 2020

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Welcome to the second episode of our Taxing Matters podcast. In this series we review land-mark cases and key tax developments and discuss the commercial impact they could have on your business.

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Roundup of ASA guidance on advertising responsibly in relation to COVID-19

31 July 2020

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Retailers seeking to reference the Covid-19 pandemic in their advertising should be aware of the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) recent guidance and robust enforcement activity in this area.

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Return of the MAC (clauses) and practical steps for the retail world

31 July 2020

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The Covid-19 crisis is putting Material Adverse Change (or material adverse effect) (MAC) clauses back in the spotlight, none more so than in the world of retail.

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Force majeure in a retail context in light of COVID-19

31 July 2020

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In general commercial contracts, force majeure clauses can often be overlooked as standard ‘boilerplate’ with little negotiation between the parties. Covid-19 and the disruption caused to businesses has highlighted how important these clauses can be for all types of commercial agreements and we anticipate that there will be significant focus on force majeure wording going forwards.

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Consumers return to retail. The retail story in China…where are things now?

31 July 2020

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Globally, the retail sector has been heavily impacted by Covid-19. As the epicentre for the outbreak of the virus in January 2020. China is now one of the first economies showing signs of recovery, and retailers are looking to understand the pattern there, in order to help predict how retail will recover (and how long it will take to do so) following enforced store closures and restrictions on people’s daily lives.

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The summer of discontent?

Published on 31 July 2020. By Kelly Thomson, Partner and Ben Roberts, Partner

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What comes to mind when you hear the word "summer"? The unbridled joy of no more school for 6 whole weeks? Buckets, spades and wind-swept beaches? Perhaps the call of a sun-soaked tropical island? For most, summer means taking some time out to recharge and switch off.

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Livestream shopping: making platform partnerships a success

31 July 2020

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Livestream shopping is a live shopping event – think QVC - hosted by a brand on its own, or a third party website/mobile app. Usually, a celebrity, social media influencer or brand worker demonstrates a product and answers questions from a digital audience in real-time. Viewers are able to immediately purchase the item from an embedded link online. Just like presenters on QVC, livestreaming hosts sell a wide range of products, from apparel and cosmetics to electronics and even cars. In China, live streaming is a wildly popular way to shop, with the market worth an estimated US$63bn to its economy in 2019. (but the technology is starting to catch on in the US and UK too). The first major livestream shopping player emerged in China in 2016 when Alibaba first launched Taobao Live. Since then, platforms like Tmall, Douyin or Xiaohongshu have become key Chinese e-commerce sites and saw a big spike in demand during lockdown as shoppers were forced to shop from home

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Retail returns in light of COVID-19

31 July 2020

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Many retail businesses have reopened/are preparing to reopen as the Covid-19 lockdown eases. Whilst retailers hope that sales will surge as consumers rush to the shops that they have been unable to visit since March, some fear that a large percentage of transactions will be returns of goods purchased pre-lockdown.

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Stores in focus; reopenings, safety and single use (plastic) setback

31 July 2020

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With stores reopened, retailers face an unprecedented operational challenge in delivering the retail experience.

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Furlough fraud and Government clawback: managing the risk

31 July 2020

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HMRC has the right to go back up to five years when considering businesses’ (including retailers’) records relating to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “furlough scheme”) and will be able to clawback funds which have been claimed in error, or fraudulently, under new powers contained in the Finance Bill 2020, which is expected to become law in the latter half of 2020.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 19

Published on 31 July 2020. By Richard Breavington, Partner and Christopher Ashton, Associate and Rachel Ford, Associate

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Welcome to Cyber_Bytes, a round up of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks over the last two weeks.

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Furlough forecast: What kind of employment law claims are on the horizon?

31 July 2020

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As retail workforces continue to be re-organised, what kind of employment claims could be brought by employees in the coming months, in light of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme) and what can you do in anticipation?

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Temporary COVID-19 measures in respect of AGMs and other general meetings

31 July 2020

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The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA), which came into force on 26 June 2020, provides temporary measures which enable companies to comply with their legal requirements on holding annual general meetings (AGMs) and other meetings whilst still respecting social distancing legislation and guidance.

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UK Government introduces “suspension” of wrongful trading provisions

31 July 2020

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In March 2020, Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced that provisions on wrongful trading would be suspended. The move came as part of a wider package of measures that sought to provide assistance to businesses – and their beleaguered boards – experiencing financial distress due to Covid-19. Now set out in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA), which was passed on 26 June 2020, the provisions adapt the wrongful trading regime making directors’ liability for the “relevant period” unlikely.

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