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Construction Act and Retention consultations published by the Government

Published on 02 November 2017. By Sarah Newby, Trainee Solicitor and Jamie Key, Senior Associate

The Government has recently published two consultations to review (i) the implementation of the 2011 changes to the Construction Act; and (ii) the practice of cash retention under construction contracts.

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Tax update, November 2017

02 November 2017

In this month’s update we report on HMRC’s revised guidance relating to venture capital schemes, the coming into force of section 166, Finance Act 2016 (offences relating to offshore income) and HMRC’s new guidance on self-reporting for failure to prevent the facilitation of tax avoidance.

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From light industrial to residential – the new permitted development right

Published on 01 November 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

At a time when headlines and inboxes are filled with new comment, consultation and discussion on how to tackle England's housing crisis, a new permitted development right allowing a change of use from light industrial to residential has come into effect with very little fanfare. So what's new, and why have we not heard more about it?

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FCA revisits FSCS funding proposals, and abandons plans for significant changes to professional indemnity insurance requirements

Published on 01 November 2017. By Robert Morris, Partner

The FCA has published a second consultation paper on the thorny subject of FSCS funding. Although not widely reported so far, the new consultation makes it clear that the FCA will not, after all, consult on significant changes to personal investment firms' professional indemnity insurance requirements.

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TV formats are the real 'Minute Winner': High Court confirms TV formats can be protected as artistic works

Published on 01 November 2017. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Sophie Tuson, Associate

In a recent judgment, the High Court has provided helpful clarification on a particularly grey area of IP law by confirming that TV formats can be protected by copyright as artistic works.

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A Shift in Vicarious Liability (Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council)

Published on 01 November 2017. By Kristiana Reynolds, Associate

Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2017] UKSC 60. A review of recent case law extending Vicarious Liability and the impact this will have on organisations and their insurers.

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Favourable approach for insurers to the construction of exclusion clauses

31 October 2017

In a recent decision the Commercial Court has followed the Supreme Court in the Impact Funding case. It declined to apply the contra proferentem rule to an exclusion clause in an insurance policy. Insurers will welcome the decision.

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FCA allows confidential report to be scrutinised by Treasury Select Committee

31 October 2017

The FCA has allowed the Treasury Select Committee to review its s.166 report into RBS' Global Restructuring Group (GRG) and has published an interim summary of the report. It is possible that the threat of publication will play on the minds of firms subject to s.166 reports, which may reduce cooperation with skilled persons and therefore the efficacy of this investigatory power.

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Disputes over football and music copyright dominate in High Court

30 October 2017

Football and music bodies were the top three most frequent claimants in the High Court last year*, as the two industries look to protect their intellectual property.

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Corporate tax update, third quarter 2017

27 October 2017

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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