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ESMA renews restrictions on CFDs and binary options

Published on 02 October 2018. By Lucy Kerr, Senior Associate

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has decided to renew intervention measures, which restrict the sale of contracts for difference (CFDs) and binary options to retail investors, for a further three months.

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Newton – Tribunal confirms that "statutory records"  should be narrowly construed

Published on 01 October 2018. By Heather Rimmer, Associate

In Newton v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 513 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that, due to the lack of taxpayer appeal rights, the definition of "statutory records" for the purpose of an information notice issued pursuant to Schedule 36, Finance Act 2008 (FA 2008), must be construed narrowly.

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Health and safety update September 2018

28 September 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our health and safety update where we look at the health and safety stories that have recently hit the headlines as well as the latest fines and sentences that have been handed down.

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CJEU proves even easy copyright cases make bad law

Published on 27 September 2018. By Paul Joseph, Partner

Commentary on the recent CJEU decision in Renckhoff C-161/17 about the communication to the public right.

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Force Majeure – specificity is vital – Seadrill v Tullow

Published on 26 September 2018. By Parham Kouchikali, Partner

Force majeure clauses in contracts must be clear on the events that can excuse a party from fulfilling its obligations. Inability to perform under the contract must be wholly caused by that event. So said the High Court in the case of Seadrill Ghana Operations Ltd v Tullow Ghana Ltd.

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VAT update September 2018

26 September 2018

In this month’s update we report on the ECON committee’s amendments to the European Commission’s proposal for simplification of VAT for SMEs, the government’s technical note on the impact on VAT in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and Revenue and Customs Brief 6 (2018) on VAT exemption for all domestic service charges.

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High Court warns directors to get match fit for new reporting regulations

Published on 25 September 2018. By Geraldine Elliott, Partner and Matthew Evans, Senior Associate

It is understandable that directors might be reluctant to seek legal advice – be it due to concern about time or cost or a potential conflict of interest if seeking advice internally. However, as a recent case demonstrates, this is a small price to pay to avoid the time and financial cost of a claim, especially when a company's subsequent precarious financial position shines a light on an officer's behaviour and competence.

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Snapshot

Snapshots - Autumn 2018

25 September 2018

This is your roundup of all recent legal updates spanning advertising & marketing, commercial cases,technology / digital, data protection and intellectual property.

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EU takes on the power of online intermediate services

24 September 2018

What steps is the EU taking in response to concerns over the growth in power of online intermediation services?

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Online advertising to tackle copyright infringement and counterfeit good

24 September 2018

How is industry responding to the threat of advertising on websites and apps which infringe copyright or disseminate counterfeit goods?

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Snapshot

Taking on the ticket touts - Ticket sales regulations 2018

24 September 2018

What are the new rules banning the automated purchasing of tickets in the UK for reselling at a higher price?

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Snapshot

Influencer disclosures: remember #ad! – Daniel Wellington

24 September 2018

What disclosures need to be made in influencer marketing to ensure ads are easily identifiable?

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Snapshot

Fairly administering a prize promotion: Walkers Snacks Ltd t/a Quaker Oats

24 September 2018

What steps are needed for a prize promotion to be fairly administered in accordance with the terms and conditions of the promotion?

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ASA ruling on significant information: I Can Have It Ltd

24 September 2018

Is including significant information on a competition landing page enough? Or do you need to include this information in an individual competition listing? And how clear do you have to be if there is no closing date about how a competition is administered and the potential length of each competition?

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Snapshot

ASA ruling on prize promotions: Highland Spring

24 September 2018

What information must be made available to prospective participants of a prize promotion in order to avoid unnecessary disappointment?

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ASA HFSS ruling on Cadbury's Easter promotion

24 September 2018

When engaging influencers to promote a high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) product, how can advertisers ensure that they will not be promoting their product to children?

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Snapshot

Amazon Prime's "one day delivery" service misleading

24 September 2018

Will a 'One-Day Delivery' claim be misleading if not all products under the relevant service are delivered the next day?

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Snapshot

Gambling acts of "particular appeal" to children

24 September 2018

How easy is it for gambling websites to stray into creating content which is of "particular appeal" to children and therefore banned under the CAP Code?

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Snapshot

European Parliament calls for suspension of Privacy Shield

24 September 2018

Is the EU-US Privacy Shield in danger?

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Snapshot

Yahoo! fined for failure to implement intra-group processing agreement

24 September 2018

With the arrival of the GDPR, the focus on third party data processing agreements and ensuring they have the relevant controls in place has never been more intense. But how much do businesses need to focus on their intra-group processing agreements?

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Snapshot

Media reporting restricted after Sir Cliff Richard decision

24 September 2018

In what instances can journalists name the suspect of a police investigation? Do such suspects have a "reasonable expectation of privacy"?

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Snapshot

European Parliament approves draft Directive on Copyright

24 September 2018

What is the current status of the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market?

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Snapshot

Nike LDNR campaign sunk by trademark infringement

24 September 2018

How careful do you need to be when utilising third party trade marks in advertising campaigns?

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Snapshot

Sprint Electric Ltd v Buyer's Dream Ltd and another

24 September 2018

How does the use of personal services companies affect IP ownership?

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Snapshot

Zoella and Nutella - HFSS products and children

24 September 2018

When engaging influencers to promote a high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) product, how can advertisers help ensure that they will not be promoting this product to children?

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Blog

Expion: No valid determination of penalties by HMRC

Published on 24 September 2018. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

In Expion Silverstone Ltd v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 0460 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that no valid determination was made by an officer of the board under section 100, Taxes Management Act 1970 (TMA), in respect of penalties issued following the failure to file Employment Intermediaries returns.

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Snapshot

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust v Three Valleys Healthcare Ltd

24 September 2018

How much detail must be included within a notice for it to be valid?

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Snapshot

Relying on force majeure to terminate a contract

24 September 2018

In which circumstances can you rely on a force majeure clause to terminate an agreement?

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Snapshot

Non-reliance clauses under UCTA

24 September 2018

Is a non-reliance statement subject to section 3 of the Misrepresentation Act 1967 and therefore also subject to the reasonableness test contained in the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA)?

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Snapshot

Exclusion clauses under UCTA

24 September 2018

Will an exclusion clause which excludes any claim for negligence stand up to the UCTA reasonableness test?

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Proposed legislation looks to prohibit or restrict the assignment of receivables

24 September 2018

How might the Government’s proposed legislation regarding business contract terms prohibit or restrict the assignment of receivables under commercial agreements?

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Snapshot

Bou-Simon v BGC Brokers LP

24 September 2018

When implying terms into a commercial contract, does the court look to what is fair or to the express terms agreed by the parties?

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<連載コラム・欧州M&A最前線>2018年7月

Published on 21 September 2018. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

日本と違いロンドンでは気候が変わり、全般的にずいぶんと涼しくなった。この夏は長く異例の暑さったが、M&A市場もそれに負けない熱気を帯びた。当社各部門も多忙を極め、今なお次々とM&Aや投資の取引が成立している。今のところ、この活況は夏が終わっても続きそうな勢いだ。(ナイジェル・コリンズ/M&A専門弁護士)

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Treasury Committee Calls for Cryptocurrencies to be Regulated by the FCA as a Matter of Urgency

Published on 21 September 2018.

The House of Commons' Treasury Committee published its report on Crypto-assets on 19 September 2018. The report strongly recommends that cryptocurrencies and ICOs be considered regulated activities in the UK as a matter of urgency. But realistically, when can we expect the crypto-market to be regulated in the UK?

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Blog

Section 1782 order allowed

Published on 18 September 2018. By Jonathan Cary, Partner and Alan Williams, Partner

The Commercial Court recently discharged an injunction restraining the enforcement of a US court order made under Section 1782 of Title 28 of the US Code (Assistance to foreign and international tribunals and to litigants before such tribunals). Section 1782 applications can be a useful weapon in an English litigator's armoury as a means of obtaining evidence under the control of a US-based entity through US-style discovery, including by the use of depositions and documentary evidence.

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The Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Under Review

Published on 13 September 2018. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Amelia Cave, Associate

Earlier this summer the Home Office announced plans to launch an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Act came into force in October 2015 and established the UK as a world leader in the fight against the crime of modern slavery.

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Graham - holiday letting business qualified for business property relief

Published on 13 September 2018. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

In The Personal Representatives of Grace Joyce Graham (deceased) v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 0306 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that a furnished holiday letting business did not consist wholly or mainly of making or holding investments and so qualified for business property relief (BPR).

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Negligent misstatement and undisclosed principals – a gamble not worth taking

Published on 11 September 2018. By Parham Kouchikali, Partner and Emma West, Associate

The Supreme Court recently ruled that a bank providing a reference relating to its customer owed a tortious duty of care only to the addressee. The decision reflects the wider judicial trend of restricting the circumstances in which duties of care for negligent misstatement are found to exist on the basis of an assumption of responsibility by the party making the statement.

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Armstrong: Tribunal cancels late filing penalties

Published on 10 September 2018. By Robert Waterson, Partner

In Armstrong v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 0404 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has cancelled late filing penalties because the taxpayer had not consented to receive penalty notices electronically.

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Video

Implications of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 on UK and overseas businesses

06 September 2018

Partner Jeremy Drew and Amelia Cave discuss the current Modern Slavery Act 2015 and why businesses in the UK and overseas should be mindful of its provisions.

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Our latest legal 'Snapshot' updates are now available

Published on 06 September 2018. By Alyson Lloyd, Senior Associate and Jonathan Greenway, Associate

Each Snapshot focuses on the key questions: What's the development? Why does it matter? And what should you be doing about it? In this blog post we have handpicked the ones which matter most to you as retailers.

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Tax update September 2018

06 September 2018

In this month’s update we report on HMRC’s updated position regarding payment of the April 2019 “loan charge”, HMRC’s updated guidance on the targeted anti-avoidance rule for close company distributions on a winding up and the CIOT’s comments on off-payroll working in the private sector. We also comment on recent decisions relating to, late filing penalties, an application by HMRC to amend its Statement of Case and tax geared penalties for failure to comply with information notices.

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Breaking news – a victory for privilege

Published on 05 September 2018. By Davina Given, Partner and Jonathan Cary, Partner and Alan Williams, Partner and Lucy Kerr, Senior Associate

Today the Court of Appeal handed down its eagerly anticipated judgment in the appeal of Andrews J's controversial High Court decision in Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation.

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Press and Media

RPC hires white-collar crime Partner into Regulatory team

05 September 2018

Sam Tate joins firm in September from financial crime consultancy, Exiger.

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ISDA agreement wins jurisdiction clause battle in Court of Appeal

Published on 04 September 2018. By Parham Kouchikali, Partner and Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate

The Court of Appeal recently confirmed that an English jurisdiction clause in the underlying International Swaps and Derivatives Association Master Agreement under which certain swaps were made should be applied to disputes relating to the swap transactions, rather than an Italian jurisdiction clause in a competitor agreement governing the parties' generic relationship

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Publication

Corporate tax update

Published on 31 August 2018. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate and Adam Craggs, Partner and Robert Waterson, Partner

Welcome to the latest edition of our Corporate Tax Update, written by members of RPC’s tax team and published quarterly. In this second 2018 edition we highlight some of the key tax developments of interest to UK corporates from the second quarter of 2018.

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Pertemps: Expenses salary sacrifice scheme not an economic activity for VAT purposes

Published on 31 August 2018. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

In Pertemps Limited v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 0369 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that a salary sacrifice scheme providing travel and subsistence expenses to employees was not an economic activity for VAT purposes.

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Product liability update August 2018

30 August 2018

A round-up of key stories making the news, from the Potential impact of US litigation in the UK to a case involving injuries arising from caustic soda.

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Fake news is bad news for patients

Published on 30 August 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

Gee v DePuy International Limited shows that fake news in the healthcare sector is bad news for the public

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