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Prior arbitral award – abuse of process?

Published on 30 March 2017. By Sarah Pearson, Associate and Davina Given, Partner

Michael Wilson & Partners Limited v Sinclair and others [2017] EWCA Civ 3 demonstrates the interplay between arbitration and litigation, considering whether legal proceedings commenced by A against C are an abuse of the court's process where arbitration proceedings between A and B have decided the issue in question. The Court of Appeal held that a prior arbitration award can found an argument that subsequent litigation against a third party is an abuse of process, but will rarely do so. On the facts of this case, the claim was not considered to be an abuse of process.

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VAT update, March 2017

Published on 30 March 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In this month’s update we report on the Chancellor’s announcement in the Spring Budget that he intends to “crack down” on VAT “missing trader” fraud within the construction industry, the Offce of Tax Simplification’s Interim Report on its review of VAT, and the EU’s consultation on proposals to tackle VAT fraud.

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RPC named as market leader in client service to insurance sector

30 March 2017

High profile research shows insurers operating in the London Market place RPC ahead of competitors for quality of service; 24 lawyers named as leaders

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Rent reductions in Side Letters: do they work?

Published on 29 March 2017. By Catherine Young, Associate

Rent Reductions, rent reviews, side letters and retail.

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New legislation will allow taxpayers to seek partial closure notices

Published on 29 March 2017. By Adam Craggs, Partner

Proposed legislation contained in Finance Bill 2017, will enable partial closure notices to be issued in respect of a discreet issue while other issues remain under enquiry by HMRC.

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What chance is there for developers railing against Stamp Duty Land Tax

Published on 28 March 2017. By Leanne Hooper, Associate and Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

After nearly three years of the increased residential Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates and almost a year of the SDLT surcharge for additional properties, developers are mounting a call for reform. How successful can this be opposite a government under economic pressure?

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Litigation against top 50 global banks up 37% in a year

Published on 28 March 2017. By Simon Hart, Partner

UK banks accounted for two thirds of High Court cases involving the world’s largest banks over the last five years.

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Whose file is it anyway: What should a solicitor provide to a client when met with a request for "the file"?

Published on 28 March 2017. By Claire Revell, Senior Associate

The Law Society has published new guidance on what a solicitor should do when a client requests a copy of its file.

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The role of executive pay in promoting responsible business

Published on 24 March 2017. By Holly Pownall, Trainee Solicitor

Executive pay is a thorny issue. Well-structured remuneration packages can help to ensure that companies are run responsibly for the benefit of shareholders, employees, customers, and wider society. However, when improperly designed, executive pay packages can encourage short-term and risky behaviour which dents public confidence in business.

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