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RBS – HMRC's application for specific disclosure refused

Published on 30 September 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

In Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 321 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) refused an application by HMRC for a direction requiring the taxpayer to provide specific disclosure.

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Contentious tax: quarterly review - September 2020

Published on 29 September 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

The increased flow of information and data to HMRC under the common reporting standard (CRS) has prompted a flurry of so-called ‘nudge’ letters to be issued by HMRC to taxpayers whose offshore affairs it considers may not be in order.

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Taxing Matters: Fair's Fair – Judicial Review and Tax Disputes

29 September 2020

Welcome to the sixth 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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ClauseMatch and their Lloyd's Lab journey

28 September 2020

Welcome to Insurance Covered! The podcast that looks at the inner workings of the insurance industry with the help of expert guests. This week we are joined by Anastasia Dokuchaeva, Head of Partnerships at ClauseMatch and we will be discussing their Lloyd's Lab journey.

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RPC Sports Ticker (25 September 2020) – esports, wearable tech and Semenya appeal

Published on 25 September 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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HMRC to gain further information gathering powers

Published on 25 September 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Alexis Armitage, Associate

Draft legislation, published as part of Finance Bill 2020/21, will, if enacted, grant HMRC the power to issue 'Financial Institution Notices', requiring certain financial institutions to disclose information they hold about certain taxpayer(s) and their assets, without the safeguards which are currently in place.

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V@ update - September 2020

Published on 25 September 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

Welcome to the September 2020 edition of RPC's V@, an update on developments in the VAT world that may impact your business.

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Building on renewable energy #3 – Anaerobic Digestion

Published on 24 September 2020. By Adrian Hurlock, Associate

Anaerobic digestion is the process by which biodegradable materials are broken down in a controlled environment. Whilst being broken down, the materials emit gas (which can be used as a source of renewable energy), and produce heat (which can also be harnessed on or near-to site). The process also leaves a waste material (digestate), which can be used as fertiliser, contributing to the circular economy.

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RPC Bites #17

Published on 24 September 2020. 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.

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CFH Clearing Limited v Merrill Lynch International [2020] EWCA Civ 1064

Published on 24 September 2020. By Matthew Evans, Senior Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

The Court of Appeal has held that "Market Practice" is too wide a term to be implied into an ISDA Master Agreement covering currency trading transactions, in dismissing a claim arising from the "de-pegging" of the Swiss Franc from the Euro.

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Part 36: avoid a storm, use the form!

Published on 23 September 2020. By Harriet Keltie, Senior Associate and Will Sefton, Partner

Pepperall J's impressively clear judgment in Essex County Council v UBB Waste (2020) makes it abundantly clear that, when it comes to Part 36 Offers, the rules are strict. If litigants wish to reap the significant rewards of this regime, the price they must pay is to ensure they (or their solicitors) follow the rules on how offers should be made.

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Whistleblower reports to the FCA on ‘pressure selling’ jumped 23% last year

23 September 2020

The number of whistleblower reports made to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) relating to ‘pressure selling’ jumped 23% to 58 last year*, up from 47 the year before, says RPC, the city-headquartered law firm.

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Furlough, Act Now to Avoid the Knock

Published on 23 September 2020. By Kelly Thomson, Partner and Robert Waterson, Partner

As we leave behind the curious summer of 2020, both HMRC and the SFO are readying themselves for the new term. First order of business: combatting corporate misuse of furlough and Covid-19 bail-out funds. According to official statistics released on 18 September, furloughing of staff in the wholesale and retail sector peaked on 24 April at 1.85 million employees - by 31 July, initial figures show 789,000 retail jobs furloughed– a decrease of more than a half since the peak for the sector. Some furloughed employees in the wholesale and retail sector have been returning to work as lockdown restrictions eased, others have, sadly, faced redundancy. As the furlough scheme winds down to a close next month, some employers may be faced with HMRC insisting that their furlough claims amounted to a misuse of – or even fraud against - the scheme.

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Ahmed - HMRC cannot 'refresh' penalty time limit  by reissuing information notices

Published on 23 September 2020. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

In Salim Ahmed v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 337 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayer’s appeal against a penalty for failing to comply with an information notice because the penalty notice was not issued within 12 months of the taxpayer becoming liable to a penalty and HMRC could not refresh the time period by issuing a subsequent information notice which merely repeated earlier information notices.

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Major overhaul of UK telecoms regulation to go ahead by the end of December 2020

Published on 21 September 2020. By Marlon Cohen, Senior Associate

The UK still pushing ahead with implementing wide ranging European regulatory changes, but obligations for many "over the top" providers are likely to be postponed.

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Security for costs not ordered despite looming economic downturn caused by COVID-19

Published on 17 September 2020. By Karina Plain, Associate (Australian qualified) and Chris Ross, Partner

Evidence of the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Claimant's financial position was not enough to show an inability to pay adverse costs in a recent application for security for costs in the High Court in International Pipeline Products Limited v IK UK Ltd & Ors. [2020] EWHC 1602

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Parents contest NICE Cannabis Guidelines at Court

Published on 16 September 2020. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

A family is seeking judicial review of NICE guidelines in the hope that doctors are more likely to prescribe cannabis-based medicines. The outcome could have significant consequences for the healthcare sector.

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UKCA Marking: Updated Guidance

Published on 16 September 2020. By Gavin Reese, Partner and Nick McMahon, Head of Health and Safety and Elinor Sidwell, Associate

As the end of the Brexit implementation period draws closer, the UK Government has sought to clarify the changes that will follow. On 1 September 2020 they published the long-awaited guidance on the use of UKCA marking following the withdrawal of the previously issued advice earlier this year.

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Kickabout Productions - HMRC wins IR35 re-match

Published on 16 September 2020. By Harry Smith, Senior Associate

In Kickabout Productions Ltd [2020] UKUT 216 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) has allowed HMRC's appeal and confirmed that the relationship between a radio station and one of its sports presenters fell within the IR35 regime.

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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 22

Published on 15 September 2020. By Richard Breavington, Partner and Rachel Ford, Associate and Ridvan Canbilen, Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of Cyber_Bytes, our bi-weekly roundup of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks.

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RPC Sports Ticker (11 September 2020) – Lionel Messi contract, rugby midweek games and BT 'Unlimited Subs' subscription

Published on 14 September 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Podcast

Taxing Matters: HMRC as a Public Authority – what does that mean?

14 September 2020

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

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Spotlight on private wealth - September 2020

Published on 14 September 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Geraldine Elliott, Partner and Davina Given, Partner and Emma West, Senior Associate

Our quarterly update is designed to keep you up to speed with developments in the private wealth world.

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Calls for increased regulation following rise in FSCS bills

Published on 11 September 2020. By Shauna Giddens, Associate

The FSCS levy for the 2020/2021 was released earlier this year, causing frustration amongst many advisors in the sector. That frustration continues, with the FSCS making large compensation payments in respect of defined benefit (DB) transfers where many question the lack of earlier FCA intervention, which might have alleviated the problems in this area.

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A Warning to Architects to be Smart about their Social Media

Published on 11 September 2020. By Emma Wherry, Senior Associate and Laura Sponti, Paralegal

The Architects Registration Board has recently erased Peter Kellow from the register of architects as a result of a racist post on his Facebook which was publicly visible.

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Stick to the process – a further reminder of how useful a process agent clause can be, especially following Brexit

Published on 10 September 2020. By Dan Wyatt, Partner and Tim Potts, Senior Associate

Process agent clauses are commonly included in cross-border finance transactions. They avoid the need for the claimant, typically the lender, to have to serve process outside the jurisdiction, frequently a costly and time-consuming exercise, particularly when the court's permission is needed. Accordingly, lenders will often require a foreign borrower and/or any guarantors to appoint a process agent in the lender's jurisdiction to accept service on their behalf.

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RPC Bites #16

Published on 10 September 2020. 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.

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Future Funding here to stay?

Published on 09 September 2020. By Edward Colville, Legal Director

Latest figures show Future Fund's £642m investment in UK start-ups, but criticism of Government-backed business interruption loan schemes remains.

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Jones – Taxpayer's appeal allowed as FTT failed to consider vital evidence

Published on 09 September 2020. By Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

In Heather Jones v HMRC [2020] UKUT 229 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) allowed an appeal against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) upholding a discovery assessment issued in respect of income tax on a severance payment.

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RPC wins Luxury Deal of the Year at Luxury Law Awards 2020

07 September 2020

Law firm RPC has been awarded Luxury Deal of the Year at the Luxury Law Awards 2020.

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Whistle-blower reports to the ICO at record high in the last year – up 34%

07 September 2020

The number of whistle-blower reports made to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about potential data breaches and the misuse of customer information by organisations* is at a record-high, jumping 34% to 427 in the last year, from 319 the previous year, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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Tax Bites - September 2020

Published on 03 September 2020. 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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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 21

Published on 03 September 2020. By Richard Breavington, Partner and Rachel Ford, Associate and Ridvan Canbilen, Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of Cyber_Bytes, our bi-weekly roundup of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks.

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Press and Media

RPC advises long duration insurance investor Beat Capital Partners on its Strategic Partnership with Bain Capital Credit

03 September 2020

Law firm RPC has supported a significant insurance transaction advising long duration insurance investor Beat Capital Partners in its strategic partnership with Bain Capital Credit, a leading global credit specialist.

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No interim injunction over bitcoin account where damages would be adequate

Published on 03 September 2020. By Dan Wyatt, Partner and Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate

The court has declined to continue interim injunctions granted in respect of a 'coin depot account' holding bitcoin over which the claimants asserted a proprietary right.

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The big transition back to work: how to relieve your stress and anxiety with this simple strategy for self-care with Eric Ho, Bumblebee Wellbeing

02 September 2020

Negative feelings can have powerful negative consequences on you and your team’s mental and physical health. I’ve observed first-hand how the individuals and teams I work with are coping with lockdown. As the restrictions on physical distancing relax, so their negative feelings of dislocation, uncertainty, and fear have increased. And they seem to be intensifying as many individuals are now factoring in a return to their offices or work premises.

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CBD products no longer ex-hemp from regulation

Published on 02 September 2020. By Sarah Mountain, Senior Associate and Natalie Drew, Senior Associate and Hannah Ridzuan-Allen, Associate

In recent years, there has been a surge in demand for food and drink products containing cannabidiol (CBD). Popular items have ranged from oils with added CBD to CBD-infused chocolate and kombucha. With the market experiencing double digit growth year on year and a recent spike in demand during 'lockdown', UK consumers continue to demonstrate ever greater interest in CBD products. But with new regulatory requirements on the horizon, are things about to change?

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HMRC's new powers to investigate furlough abuse

Published on 02 September 2020. By Michelle Sloane, Partner and Alice Kemp, Associate (Employed Barrister)

The Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was announced on 20 March 2020, with the aim of safeguarding UK jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The CJRS has undoubtably assisted in protecting jobs but it was, by necessity introduced quickly, with little and complex guidance, which has made it, in the words of HMRC's Chief Executive Jim Harra, a "magnet for fraudsters".

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HMRC Crackdown on Facilitation of Tax Evasion

Published on 01 September 2020. By Michelle Sloane, Partner

Increased pressure on HMRC to boost tax revenues due to the economic cost of COVID-19 may bring about a surge in charging decisions for failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion (Corporate Criminal Offences (CCO)).

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RPC wins TMT Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2020

01 September 2020

Law firm RPC has been named Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2020.

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Payments to informants increased by 63% in a year as HMRC cracks down on tax evasion

01 September 2020

The amount of money paid to informants by HMRC jumped 63% in a year to reach £473,000 in 2019/20, up from £290,250 the previous year, says RPC, the City-headquartered law firm.

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Taxing Matters: Alternative dispute resolution with Adam Craggs

01 September 2020

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

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Press and Media

RPC advises luxury furniture retailer Timothy Oulton and the Halo Group on its acquisition of Sofa Workshop from DFS

28 August 2020

Law firm RPC has closed the latest in a string of high-profile retail transactions, acting for Timothy Oulton and the Halo Group on its acquisition of the Sofa Workshop from well-known high-street brand DFS.

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Consumer confidence: contact, controls and connections

28 August 2020

We asked Laura Saunter from trend forecasting giant WGSN (by Ascential) to give her insights on what’s next for consumer behaviour in light of Covid-19. WGSN is the world’s leading consumer and design trend authority, serving the fashion and creative industries with market leading products.

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Product Law bulletin – August 2020

Published on 28 August 2020. By Gavin Reese, Partner and Nick McMahon, Head of Health and Safety and Robert John, Senior Associate and Elinor Sidwell, Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of our product law update, this month we focus on how COVID-19 is impacting product liability regulation.

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RPC Sports Ticker (27 August 2020) - Coutinho's contract, F1's revenue deal, and VR in the NBA

Published on 27 August 2020. By Jeremy Drew, Head of IP and Technology and Joshua Charalambous, Senior Associate and Stuart Harris, Associate and Samuel Coppard, Associate

Welcome to the latest edition of the RPC Sports Ticker - providing fortnightly bite-size updates from around the sports industry.

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Privy Council gives a lesson on the remoteness of damage in contract law within a judgment on damages for breach of separate but related contracts

Published on 27 August 2020. By Chris Ross, Partner and Eliot Henderson, Associate

Where parties have entered into separate but related contracts, breach of one contract does not necessarily preclude the recovery of damages under another.

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The clock is ticking very loudly

27 August 2020

Brexit may have taken a backseat over the last few months whilst governments and businesses have responded to the impact of Covid-19, but as the final deadline to request an extension to the transition deadline has now passed, Brexit is back fighting for top spot on the agenda. We get an insight from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) on key issues for the retail sector.

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V@ update - August 2020

Published on 27 August 2020. By Adam Craggs, Partner and Rebekka Sandwell, Associate

Welcome to the August 2020 edition of RPC's V@, an update on developments in the VAT world that may impact your business.

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