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ICOs in Hong Kong

Published on 13 February 2018. By Christopher To, Trainee Solicitor

We have all seen the rise in the price of Bitcoin in the last year, and may also be aware (at the very least) of the existence of ICOs. But what are ICOs? And what legal framework do they operate in? ICOs in Hong Kong.

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Sabotage at sea - The LADY M

Published on 13 February 2018. By John Butler, Senior Associate

In The LADY M, the English Commercial Court held that shipowners could rely on the Hague-Visby Rules fire defence even when the fire was set by the crew (without owners’ knowledge). In so doing, the admiralty concept of barratry received rare consideration by the Courts.

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RICS Conflict Avoidance Pledge

Published on 12 February 2018. By Rebecca May, Associate

It is a well-known fact that the costs of resolving disputes can quickly escalate, and that it is often not cost and time effective to pursue even mid-sized claims through arbitration or litigation. In an attempt to circumvent the need for this sort of dispute resolution, by avoiding disagreements developing into disputes, the Conflict Avoidance Coalition has formed and introduced a "Conflict Avoidance Pledge".

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Hong Kong regulator warns of cryptocurrency risks

Published on 09 February 2018. By Jonathan Cary, Partner and Ben Yates, Senior Associate

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Trainees Take on 2018: can we predict the unpredictable?

Published on 08 February 2018. By Daisy Fulton, Trainee Solicitor and Anna Greco, Trainee Solicitor and Leah Wood, Trainee Solicitor and Sami Thompson, Trainee Solicitor and Sarah Newby, Trainee Solicitor and Matthew Plampton, Trainee Solicitor

Despite the rollercoaster that was 2017, our trainees did fairly well in predicting its twists and turns, including that Trump would continue without restraint on Twitter. In an attempt to continue our success, the trainees have submitted their predictions for 2018. Disclaimer: we failed to foresee the rise in Bitcoin last year (and therefore must continue to work), so please do not rely on the below for your investment advice! Read on to see our bets on Brexit, US Politics, the World Cup and 'automated bundling'!

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Cannon: Tax barrister not careless in relying on advice received from his accountant

Published on 07 February 2018. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

In Cannon v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 859 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal has held that a tax barrister was not careless in relying on tax advice received from an accountant retained to give professional advice on specified issues.

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

Published on 06 February 2018. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

Implications for humans and animals of the recent successful cloning of monkeys by Chinese researchers

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Privilege: A welcome respite from ENRC?

Published on 05 February 2018. By Davina Given, Partner and Mafruhdha Miah, Trainee Solicitor

Are interviews held with employees to prepare a report intended to deter a governmental authority from taking legal action privileged?

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English Holdings - UT allows set-off of corporation tax loss against general income

Published on 05 February 2018. By Michelle Sloane, Senior Associate

In English Holdings Ltd v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 0346 (TC), the Upper Tribunal (UT) upheld a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) which allowed an appeal by a non-UK resident company against a decision of HMRC refusing its claim to offset losses arising in its UK permanent establishment (PE) against profits earned by its UK property rental business.

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Government announces new office for product safety and standards

01 February 2018

On 21 January 2018, the Government announced the creation of the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), a new national oversight body tasked with “identifying consumer risks and managing responses to large-scale product recalls and repairs”.

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