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A royal impact on the economy?

15 May 2018

This week will see another Royal wedding when Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle. These celebrations arguably raise the international opinion of the UK, lift the national mood and lead to an influx of tourists. But how do events such as a Royal wedding actually impact the economy?

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MDCM Ltd - Tribunal confirms that IR35 does not apply in employment status case

Published on 14 May 2018. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

In MDCM Ltd v HMRC [2018] TC 6400, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has allowed the taxpayer's appeal, concluding that its contractual arrangements were such that its principal employee was not an employee of the ultimate contracting company, for the purposes of IR35.

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Japanese banks joining Softbank's $100bn Vision Fund

Published on 10 May 2018. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

MUFG, Mizuho, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation will be among the final investors in SoftBank's Vision Fund

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Arbitration awards and fraud revisited

10 May 2018

The English Court of Appeal has rejected a further attempt by the buyers of goods to set aside enforcement of a CIETAC arbitration award on grounds of fraud.

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FSCS – reviewing the funding of the fund of last resort

Published on 09 May 2018. By Sarah Dowding, Senior Associate

In its third consultation paper on this topic, the FCA has recently confirmed that: - FSCS claims in respect of investment advice will benefit from an increased compensation cap, from £50,000 to £85,000; - product providers will have to start making contributions to FSCS funding for insurance and investment advice claims; and - it proposes new rules to prevent personal investment firms' insurers excluding cover for claims where the firm or a third party becomes insolvent.

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Press and Media

15% rise in number of M&A deals in the retail sector last year

09 May 2018

The number of UK retail sector M&A deals* has jumped 15% in the last year to 37 up from 32 in 2016/17 (year end March 31).

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Life After Death…

Published on 04 May 2018. By Natalie Drew, Senior Associate

How was a baby born four years after the death of his parents? And what does this mean for IVF providers in the UK?

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Professional negligence adjudication – it's all part of the Protocol

Published on 04 May 2018. By Cristina Faro, Associate and Will Sefton, Partner

On 1 May 2018, an amendment to the Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol saw a further attempt to encourage parties to use the professional negligence adjudication scheme first devised as a pilot scheme in February 2015.

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Publication

Cryptocurrency pre-ICO funding – a regulatory overview

04 May 2018

The FCA has issued a discussion paper targeted at the non-workplace pension market. The paper marks the start of the FCA's work looking at whether there is harm in the non-workplace pension market and to better understand the potential presence, nature, extent and cause of any harm.

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Sippchoice Ltd: Taxpayer can claim income tax deduction for contribution in specie to SIPP

Published on 04 May 2018. By Robert Waterson, Partner

In Sippchoice Ltd v HMRC [2018] UKFTT, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that a taxpayer can obtain tax relief at source in respect of contributions made to s Self-Invested Pension Plan (SIPP) settled in the form of unquoted shares.

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Unlocking blockchain in the insurance industry

Published on 03 May 2018. By Harry Collins, Trainee Solicitor

While many tout blockchain networks as being the biggest technological breakthrough of a generation, we take a look at whether the technology is ready to take the insurance industry by storm.

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That's not fair (market value)

Published on 03 May 2018. By Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

Court of Appeal rules on application of GMRA close-out provisions in a distressed market. Icelandic bank LBI ehf (LBI) appealed against the High Court decision in its case against Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RZB) regarding the interpretation of the term "fair market value" in the close-out provisions of a repo agreement. The Court of Appeal rejected LBI's arguments that "fair market value" should preclude the use of prices, quotations and other pricing evidence obtained in a distressed or illiquid market and dismissed the appeal.

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A valuer does not owe a duty of care to the directors of a borrower

Published on 02 May 2018. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Felicity Strong, Senior Associate

The High Court has held that a valuer who prepares a valuation for a lender does not owe a duty of care to the directors of the borrower who claim they have suffered loss as a result of relying on that valuation.

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How hard is it to learn English?

Published on 02 May 2018. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

As English is by far the number one language of business and politics, many non-native speakers have no choice but to overcome this challenge

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Tax update May 2018

01 May 2018

In this month’s update we report on HMRC’s recently published guidance relating DOTAS for inheritance tax, its guidance for the GAAR and a new consultation relating to tax avoidance involving Profit Fragmentation.

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Game theory and the art of litigation settlement (Part 3)

Published on 01 May 2018. By Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

This article is the third in a series targeted at litigators that consider the issue of settlement in litigation through a game theoretical lens.

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Corporate tax update

Published on 01 May 2018. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

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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Lisbon, a near-shore hub for UK business

Published on 01 May 2018. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

Hosting a meeting at Hitachi Consulting's offices in Lisbon

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General liability newsletter April 2018

Published on 30 April 2018. By Gavin Reese, Partner and Jonathan Drake, Senior Associate and Nick McMahon, Head of Health and Safety

Employees owe a duty to their employers to carry out their work with reasonable care so as to avoid accident and injury. Employers are vicariously liable for the negligence of their employees but are entitled to claim a contribution or indemnity from their negligent employee in appropriate circumstances.

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Pension transfers

30 April 2018

The FCA tries again to get it right with new rules and a further consultation paper.

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Value Added – New VAT "joint liability" risk for online marketplaces

Published on 30 April 2018. By Robert Waterson, Partner and Jani Ihalainen, Paralegal

The flow of goods cross-border has increased significantly as a result of the inexorable rise of the online marketplace. Policing the tax aspect of online businesses has created numerous difficulties for national authorities. In no area is this felt more than VAT, where many online traders (both inside and outside the EU) have opted wittingly or otherwise to evade tax by simply not registering or accounting for VAT in any jurisdiction.

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Onillon – Failure to take Follower Notice 'corrective action' reasonable in all the circumstances

Published on 27 April 2018. By Michelle Sloane, Senior Associate

In Onillon v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 33 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayer's appeal against a penalty imposed for failing to take corrective action following the issue of a Follower Notice (FN) as it was reasonable in all the circumstances for the taxpayer not to take such action.

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Press and Media

RPC appoints two new Directors to its Business Services team

26 April 2018

RPC has promoted Kate Gregg and Ed FitzGerald as Directors in its Business Services team.

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19% jump in HMRC demands to accountants and other professional advisers for confidential information on clients suspected of tax crimes

26 April 2018

There was a 19% increase in the number of HMRC requests to professional services firms for confidential information on clients it wants to investigate for suspected tax crimes.

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RPC Consulting appoints life insurance specialist to partnership

26 April 2018

Leading independent insurance consulting and software provider RPC Consulting has appointed life insurance specialist John Rowland to its partnership.

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RPC makes up two new Partners to law firm

26 April 2018

RPC has welcomed Nicola Cain and Carmel Green to the Partnership following completion of its annual promotions process.

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Game theory and the art of litigation settlement (Part 2)

Published on 25 April 2018. By Christopher Whitehouse, Senior Associate and Simon Hart, Partner

This article is the second in a series targeted at litigators that consider the issue of settlement in litigation through a game theoretical lens.

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Potentially largest ever Japan outbound deal

Published on 25 April 2018. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

Takeda makes its 5th offer for Shire

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Press and Media

The number of controversial Accelerated Payment Notices HMRC admits it issued in error hits 6,000

Published on 25 April 2018. By Richard Breavington, Partner

In total, HMRC has issued more than 79,000 APNs since their introduction in August 2014. Adam Craggs, Partner at RPC, says such high numbers of APNs being withdrawn raises questions over whether HMRC is exercising this draconian power with sufficient care.

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A Virtual Reality Check

Published on 25 April 2018. By Daisy Fulton, Trainee Solicitor

Article exploring the growth of virtual reality (VR) and the legal issues which are emerging including product liability, data and privacy risks, and the 'laws' of the virtual world as a jurisdiction in itself.

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VAT update April 2018

Published on 24 April 2018. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In this month’s update we report on the publication of the draft agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; the Government’s “split payment” collection model for online sales by non-UK sellers; and HMRC’s revised guidance on the cost sharing exemption.

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Asia Insurance Bulletin 2018

23 April 2018

Our Asia Insurance Bulletin is now available. The bulletin contains a number of articles written by our lawyers discussing a variety of issues relevant to the Asia region.

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The FCA publishes its 2018/19 Business Plan

Published on 23 April 2018. By Charlotte Thompson, Associate

On 9 April 2018 the FCA published its Business Plan for 2018/19, demonstrating its continued focus on culture and governance in firms, tackling financial crime and the role of technology in the financial services industry.

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Home is where you hang your medical test

Published on 20 April 2018. By Daisy Fulton, Trainee Solicitor

At-home medical tests can be useful diagnostic tools, but this carries risks for patients or insurers. Medical malpractice and product liability insurers need to plan for the future.

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Court of Appeal's history lesson for claimants bringing personal injury claims

Published on 20 April 2018. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

Healthcare providers and manufacturers of medical products will welcome a judgment from the Court of Appeal that found against a claimant for failing to give notice of funding in time.

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Diversity on the agenda

Published on 20 April 2018. By James Miller, Managing Partner

As clients of City law firms like RPC, those represented in the Powerlist are playing an increasingly leading role in ensuring diversity doesn't just rise up the agenda, but stays there.

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Japan's Itochu to raise stake in FamilyMart to 50.1%

Published on 19 April 2018. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

Itochu to spend $1.1bn for an 11.1 per cent premium in FamilyMart

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Unregulated cryptocurrencies – an end in sight?

Published on 18 April 2018. By Ashley Daniells, Associate and Matthew Watson, Associate

Since their creation, cryptocurrencies have been somewhat of an enigma. Decentralised digital currencies such as Bitcoin have remained unregulated, despite becoming more prevalent in our day-to-day lives. That could be about to change with the FCA announcing plans to include them as part of their other regulated products or services.

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FCA success in the High Court: Compensation of £16.9m awarded to misled investors

Published on 16 April 2018. By Lucy Kerr, Senior Associate

A five-year court battle between the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and Capital Alternatives Limited concluded on 26 March 2018 when the High Court used its restitution powers under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to award compensation to investors who lost money invested with Capital Alternatives.

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Press and Media

64% fall in individuals referred to the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee

16 April 2018

There has been a sharp fall in the number of individuals working in financial services being referred to the FCA’s Regulatory Decision Committee, dropping 64% to 13 in 2017

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Construction newsletter April 2018

13 April 2018

The first quarter of 2018 has been a challenging one for the construction industry. It saw a further decline in construction output in January, with the Office of National Statistics reporting that construction output fell by 3.4% in January from December.

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Hargreaves: Loyalty pays

Published on 13 April 2018. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

In Hargreaves Lansdown Asset Management LTD v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 127 (TC) TC06383, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has found that loyalty bonus payments paid to investors were not "annual payments" for the purpose of section 683, ITTOIA.

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Snapshot

Snapshots - Spring 2018

12 April 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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Update of the Guidance for Traders on Pricing Practices

12 April 2018

What changes have been made to the guidance since the latest version was published in December 2016?

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Government publishes Digital Charter

12 April 2018

On 25 January 2018, the Department for Media Culture and Sport ("DCMS") published the Digital Charter that was announced in the 2017 Queen's speech.

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Trade marks / passing off

12 April 2018

Can localised goodwill prevent the registration of a UK trade mark?

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Confidential information / trade secrets

12 April 2018

IPO publishes consultation on Trade Secrets Directive (EU/2016/943)

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Does the rule against penalty clauses apply to repayment obligations?

12 April 2018

Holyoake and another v Candy and others [2017] EWHC 3397 (Ch)

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Good faith / duress

12 April 2018

When will the Court imply a duty of good faith?

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