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4 Calling Birds – it's good to talk…

06 December 2017

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How will the new electronic communications code affect telecoms providers?

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Key legal pitfalls of starting up: Agreeing the deal with your co-founders

Published on 05 December 2017. By Charles Buckworth, Partner

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RPC advice on agreeing the deal with your start-up co-founders, including a list of key considerations, which can prevent expensive disagreements in the future.

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3 French hens: are too many of our house-building eggs in their baskets?

05 December 2017

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We couldn't pass up the opportunity to mention Brexit – its potential impact on the rate at which we are building out new homes has been in the news a lot recently, with fears over the loss of foreign workers and slowdown across the economy.

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Jiminez: High Court quashes information notices issued to non-UK resident taxpayer

Published on 05 December 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Constantine Christofi, Associate

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In Jimenez v (1) HMRC & (2) The First Tier Tax Tribunal [2017] EWHC 2585 (Admin), the High Court has quashed an information notice given by HMRC to a non-UK resident taxpayer.

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Changes to business rates calculations are good news for retailers

Published on 04 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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The government announced two changes to business rate annual increases in the Autumn budget, moving from RPI to CPI in April 2018 (rather than 2020 as originally proposed) and shortening the revaluation cycle. It is good to see that the government has listened to concerned businesses but will the changes go far enough?

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2 Turtle Doves

04 December 2017

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Most leases of both commercial and residential premises include an express quiet enjoyment covenant, but what does this actually mean, and how can you ensure peace is retained.

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Published on 01 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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This is the first of a series of blogs we shall be posting in the run up to Christmas based upon The Twelve Days of Christmas carol with a property theme. We hope you enjoy reading them and have a very merry Christmas.

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Engagement news

Published on 29 November 2017. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

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Manufacturers and insurers may have missed Prince Harry's news on Monday in the general excitement surrounding the Government's Industrial Strategy, announced on the same day.

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VAT update November 2017

29 November 2017

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In this month’s update we report on the Office of Tax Simplification’s first report on VAT, the draft regulations concerning the fulfilment house due diligence scheme, and HMRC’s revised guidance on input tax deduction for funded occupational pension schemes.

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Trump calls out Chinese IP practices

Published on 29 November 2017.

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Although Donald Trump implicitly calling Kim-Jong Un 'short and fat' might have stolen the headlines, the President's first official visit to Asia has also indicated that he is serious about his 'America First' policy, and protecting intellectual property.

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Bereavement Damages incompatible with European Convention on Human Rights

Published on 29 November 2017. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate and Leah Wood, Associate

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Consideration of the Court of Appeal decision in Smith v Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation and others that restriction on awards for bereavement damages under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 are incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Key legal pitfalls of starting up

Published on 27 November 2017. By Charles Buckworth, Partner

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Introduction to the RPC blog series 'key legal pitfalls of starting up' – a guide for Insurtech start-ups. Contains top-tips on legal issues.

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A step closer

Published on 27 November 2017. By Matthew Griffith, Partner and Neil Brown, Partner

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Matthew Griffith and Neil Brown explore Lloyd's SPAs as an alternative for new market entrants to standalone syndicate formations and M&A

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Bekoe: Tribunal cancels discovery assessments and penalties issued to taxpayer

Published on 27 November 2017. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

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In Edwin Bekoe v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 772, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that the taxpayer was not liable to assessments and penalties where he had demonstrated that deposits paid into his brother's bank account were loans and not undeclared taxable trading income and HMRC's reliance on the "assumption of continuity" principle had been misplaced.

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SFAT fines HSBC Private Bank record-breaking HK$400 million and suspends its securities licenses

Published on 24 November 2017. By Jonathan Crompton, Partner

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On Tuesday (21 November 2017), Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal fined HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA HK$400 million, suspended its license to advise on securities and partially suspended its license to deal in securities, for one year. The previous largest fine was HK$30 million.

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Mobile health app developers take note – the importance of patient safety

Published on 24 November 2017. By Ella Shanks, Associate

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'Natural Cycles' and 'GP at Hand' are examples of apps revolutionising healthcare. Developers must take all appropriate steps to mitigate the risk of harm to patient safety.

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Product liability update November 2017

Published on 24 November 2017. By Gavin Reese, Partner and Dorothy Flower, Partner and Robert John, Senior Associate

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A round-up of some of the recent stories making the news, from automated vehicles to food safety and product advertisements.

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What next for the Discount Rate?

Published on 23 November 2017. By Leah Wood, Associate

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A discussion of the proposed date of implementation for the new discount rate / Ogden rate following a government consultation in 2017. The discount rate was reduced by the Lord Chancellor from 2.5% to minus 0.75% in February, but is expected to increase to between 0% and 1% following lobbying from the insurance industry and other bodies including the NHS.

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Customs and excise quarterly update, November 2017

21 November 2017

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In this update we report on the Government’s White Paper setting out its approach to the UK’s future customs, VAT and excise regimes; the Trade Bill 2017-2019; and the implementation of the Fulfillment House Due Diligence Scheme.

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Broken bonds - the FCA clamps down on firm promoting mini-bonds

Published on 21 November 2017. By David Allinson, Senior Associate

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According to a recent article in Citywire, the FCA has ordered a firm promoting mini-binds to "cease all regulated activity" following a series of losses being incurred by investors in respect of mini-bonds.

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Benham – Upper Tribunal dismisses HMRC's appeal regarding the correct treatment of a purported amendment of a return relating to a failed rollover claim

Published on 20 November 2017. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

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In Benham (Specialist Cars) Limited v HMRC [2017] UKFT 389 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) dismissed HMRC's appeal upholding the decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) that section 153A(4), Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 (TCGA), does not provide a freestanding right for HMRC to make or amend an assessment in order to bring a rolled-over gain back into charge following the lapse of a declaration of intention to claim roll-over relief made under section 153A(1), TCGA.

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ADR coming of age for financial disputes in Hong Kong

Published on 20 November 2017. By Jonathan Crompton, Partner

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Alternative dispute resolution is coming of age for financial disputes in Hong Kong, as we see the FDRC's Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme expand from 1 January 2018 and 1 July 2018.

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Wealth and trusts quarterly digest November 2017

17 November 2017

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Welcome to our latest Wealth and trusts digest. Our quarterly digest provides up to date commentary and analysis on key sector developments. It is written by members of our wealth and trusts team to assist you and your clients in responding to market trends and legal developments. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss any issues you may have and always welcome feedback on the content of our publications.

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To sue in debt or damages? A documentary credit dilemma

14 November 2017

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A good presentation under a letter of credit gives rise to a claim in debt against the issuing or confirming bank. But that debt claim is lost if, in the face of a rejection of the documents, the beneficiary takes the documents back. In those circumstances the beneficiary must ask itself the question "Do I want my documents back?"

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The FCA turns its attention to the wholesale insurance sector

13 November 2017

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After indicating its intention to conduct a wholesale insurance market study in its 2017/18 Business Plan, the FCA has now announced the launch of its wholesale insurance broker market study and set out its terms of reference. This is an important development for brokers and insurers operating in this sector, and also for their clients.

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Court of Appeal drives through London Taxi's hopes of enforcing protection for its shape marks

Published on 13 November 2017. By Ben Mark, Partner

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The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against a High Court decision that 3D trade marks for models of London black taxis were invalid for lack of distinctive character.1

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Payment and Payless Notices – the Basis of Calculation – Judicial Guidance at last

13 November 2017

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Whilst the Scottish case of Muir Construction Limited v Kapital Residential Limited is not binding on the English courts, the judgment is not only perfectly sensible but also provides useful guidance on the requirements for a payless notice under the amended Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act (the Act) - an area which has not had much judicial attention since the change from the withholding notice regime. In a bumper month for payment notice disputes, we also had guidance from the Court of Appeal on the need for payment notices following termination – both decisions coming just as the Government announced its consultation on the 2011 amendments to the Act.

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The Barty Party – HMRC's information notice was invalid

Published on 09 November 2017. By Nicole Kostic, Senior Associate

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In The Barty Party Company Limited v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 697, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayer's appeal against an information notice which HMRC had issued pursuant to Schedule 36, Finance Act 2008, on the basis that the information notice was invalid.

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Sinking and Reserve Funds – how best to save for a rainy day

Published on 08 November 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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Most managing agents will know that it is best practice to keep funds aside for a rainy day but how many are aware of the formalities necessary to properly account for such funds?

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"Cash is king"? The rise of the "tap and go" cashless society

Published on 08 November 2017.

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Blink and you'll miss it. In the age of increasing cashless payments and "tap and go" transactions, what are the consequences for businesses, consumers and society?

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NCL Investments - Tribunal allows deductions against trading profits in EBT case

Published on 06 November 2017. By Michelle Sloane, Senior Associate

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In NCL Investments Limited and another v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 495, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) held that accounting debits relating to the grant of share options to employees were a deductible expense for corporation tax purposes.

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Schemes and offers where drags don't work

Published on 06 November 2017. By James Mee, Partner and David Wallis, Partner

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James Mee and David Wallis detail the statutory solutions available when drag-along rights are either ineffective or non-existent for the sale of private companies with a large employee shareholder base

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The opportunity of technology in insurance

04 November 2017

Simon Laird and Richard Breavington explain how organisations can prepare for the future in a competitive data and technology focused world.

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欧州M&A最前線 2017年11月

Published on 03 November 2017. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

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M&A(企業の買収・合併)市場の夏休み明けの出足は例年より鈍かったものの、現在は数多くの案件が進行している。テクノロジー企業の資金調達ラウンドが活発化しており、市場に資金が流れ込むとともに、日本企業の間でも動きが見られる。

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Cabinet office to oversee contaminated blood inquiry

Published on 03 November 2017. By Emma Kislingbury, Associate

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Statutory public inquiry announced into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s.

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Construction Act and Retention consultations published by the Government

02 November 2017

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The Government has recently published two consultations to review (i) the implementation of the 2011 changes to the Construction Act; and (ii) the practice of cash retention under construction contracts.

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Tax update, November 2017

02 November 2017

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In this month’s update we report on HMRC’s revised guidance relating to venture capital schemes, the coming into force of section 166, Finance Act 2016 (offences relating to offshore income) and HMRC’s new guidance on self-reporting for failure to prevent the facilitation of tax avoidance.

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From light industrial to residential – the new permitted development right

01 November 2017

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At a time when headlines and inboxes are filled with new comment, consultation and discussion on how to tackle England's housing crisis, a new permitted development right allowing a change of use from light industrial to residential has come into effect with very little fanfare. So what's new, and why have we not heard more about it?

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FCA revisits FSCS funding proposals, and abandons plans for significant changes to professional indemnity insurance requirements

Published on 01 November 2017. By Robert Morris, Partner

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The FCA has published a second consultation paper on the thorny subject of FSCS funding. Although not widely reported so far, the new consultation makes it clear that the FCA will not, after all, consult on significant changes to personal investment firms' professional indemnity insurance requirements.

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TV formats are the real 'Minute Winner': High Court confirms TV formats can be protected as artistic works

Published on 01 November 2017. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Sophie Tuson, Associate

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In a recent judgment, the High Court has provided helpful clarification on a particularly grey area of IP law by confirming that TV formats can be protected by copyright as artistic works.

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A Shift in Vicarious Liability (Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council)

Published on 01 November 2017. By Kristiana Reynolds, Senior Associate

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Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2017] UKSC 60. A review of recent case law extending Vicarious Liability and the impact this will have on organisations and their insurers.

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Favourable approach for insurers to the construction of exclusion clauses

31 October 2017

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In a recent decision the Commercial Court has followed the Supreme Court in the Impact Funding case. It declined to apply the contra proferentem rule to an exclusion clause in an insurance policy. Insurers will welcome the decision.

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FCA allows confidential report to be scrutinised by Treasury Select Committee

31 October 2017

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The FCA has allowed the Treasury Select Committee to review its s.166 report into RBS' Global Restructuring Group (GRG) and has published an interim summary of the report. It is possible that the threat of publication will play on the minds of firms subject to s.166 reports, which may reduce cooperation with skilled persons and therefore the efficacy of this investigatory power.

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Corporate tax update, third quarter 2017

27 October 2017

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Corporate Tax Update, written by members of RPC’s Tax Team and published quarterly.

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欧州M&A最前線 2017年10月

Published on 27 October 2017. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

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読者の多くは、2018年5月25日に施行される欧州連合(EU)の「一般データ保護規則(GDPR)」についてご存じだろう。世界各国の企業は、EU市民の個人データや基本的プライバシーを保護していることを証明する義務を負う。この規則は、欧州で事業を展開する全ての日本企業に影響を及ぼす。

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VAT update, October 2017

26 October 2017

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In this month’s update we report on the processing of personal data to combat tax fraud, the new proposals for taxing intra-EU supplies and the change in VAT treatment of pension fund management services supplied by regulated insurers.

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Liability for commencement of approach voyage under voyage charters - absolute?

25 October 2017

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A recent judgment of the Commercial Court examines a novel point in respect of the obligation on an owner under a voyage charter to get the vessel to the load port when the charter contains a cancelling date but no expected readiness to load date or load port ETA.

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PE funds: Risks to LP limited liability status 

24 October 2017

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One of the key attributes of an English limited partnership is that the general partner has unlimited liability for the debts and obligations of the limited partnership.

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Transferring limited partnership interests

24 October 2017

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A limited partner may assign its interest in a limited partnership, subject to the general partner's consent and any contrary agreement between the limited partners.

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Adjudication – mind the recovery gap

23 October 2017

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O'Farrell J recently severed an adjudicator's decision as she considered that the adjudicator did not have jurisdiction to award costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (Late Payment Act) in Enviroflow Management Ltd v Redhill Works (Nottingham) Ltd (2017) (unreported, 16 August 2017).

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