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How would a Brexit affect the cost of living in the UK?

14 June 2016

The Brexit campaign is littered with statistics about the impact of a Brexit on the UK's economy. But how does this translate to its potential impact on the cost of living?

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Commercial drone industry opens up new market for insurers

13 June 2016

The growth of the commercial drone market is increasing demand for specialist drone insurance, according to leading City-headquartered law firm, RPC.

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How would a Brexit affect law firms in the UK?

13 June 2016

As with many sectors, the implications of a Brexit for law firms in the UK are largely unknown and heavily dependent on the UK's relationship with the EU. Law firms will need to be alive to the impact across different practice areas as well as on the business as a whole.

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Professional negligence claims set for adjudication

Published on 10 June 2016. By Tom Lloyd, Senior Associate

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How would a Brexit affect environmental protection in the UK?

Published on 10 June 2016. By David Franklin, Associate

In 2013, the EU introduced an interim ban on a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.

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How would a Brexit affect the insurance industry in the UK?

09 June 2016

The insurance industry plays an essential part of the UK economy and manages investments equivalent to 25% of the UK’s total net worth.

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How would a Brexit affect online shopping from the EU?

Published on 08 June 2016. By Rachael Ellis, Associate

In or out? No matter which side you’re on, there’s one thing we can all agree on: we buy a lot from Europe.

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RPC recruits international trade disputes specialist Stuart Shepherd

08 June 2016

RPC recruits international trade disputes specialist Stuart Shepherd

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House of Fraser held to account by Jack Wills

Published on 07 June 2016. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Georgia Davis, Legal Director

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How would a Brexit affect our trade relationship with Europe?

Published on 07 June 2016. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

There are a number of variables which would materially shape our trade relationship with Europe in a post-Brexit world.

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How would a Brexit affect financial services regulation in the UK?

Published on 06 June 2016. By Cristina Faro, Associate

Financial services is one of the UK's most important sectors, contributing over £126bn to the UK economy and representing 10% of GDP. The key post-Brexit issues for the sector are summarised below.

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Health and Safety June Update

03 June 2016

Health and safety update June 2016

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Tax update

01 June 2016

The Finance Bill 2016 contains provisions which will introduce a specific penalty linked to the General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) provisions.

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Comic Enterprises remains gleeful as CofA upholds series marks

Published on 31 May 2016. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

The Court of Appeal recently ruled on an outstanding aspect of the appeal brought by Twentieth Century Fox in the "Glee" trade mark dispute.

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"New" Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act and what corporates need to know

Published on 31 May 2016. By Jonathan Charwat, Associate

The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 and the late payment provisions in the Insurance Act 2015 changes are set out

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Max Schrems toppled Safe Harbor – will the Model Clauses be next?

27 May 2016

On Monday, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner announced that it intends to seek clarification on the legal status of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (the Model Clauses).

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Break Notice – All 4 one?

27 May 2016

The recent Chancery Division case of Levett-Dunn & ors v NHS Property Services Ltd [2016] EWHC 943 (Ch) considers the validity of a break notice served on four landlords, all "care of" the same address.

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Would you know what to do if you received a Production Order from HMRC?

Published on 27 May 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

Last year HMRC issued over 1,400 production orders. They were issued by HMRC’s Criminal Investigation Directorate, as part of investigations into tax evasion and money laundering.

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World eSports Association formed

Published on 26 May 2016. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

A new governing association was formed this month by the Electronic Sports League (“ESL”) and a number of eSports teams.

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Financial List signposts tough road for contractual construction

26 May 2016

A recent decision in the High Court (Hayfin v Windermere VII CMBS), one of the first from the Financial List, has demonstrated a strict approach to contractual construction and interpretation in relation to negotiated documentation for financial traded instruments. It also shows the potential of the Financial List to provide helpful and clear guidance on the application of existing case law in the context of financial markets.

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FIFA’s Member Associations approve package of reforms

16 May 2016

“FIFA is currently going through the worst crisis of its history. The current crisis should also be considered as a unique opportunity for FIFA to renew itself.”

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FCA focuses on suitability

Published on 13 May 2016. By Esme Watson, Associate

Have you received a request from the FCA for your suitability reports recently?

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Tribunal allows taxpayer's appeal following poor customer service by HMRC

Published on 13 May 2016. By Adam Craggs, Partner

In Usher & Perkins, Executors of Terence J Guy (deceased) v HMRC [2016] (TC04849), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT), allowed the executors' appeal against a penalty.

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Advising on accessing pension pots, is there gold at the end of the rainbow?

Published on 13 May 2016. By David Allinson, Senior Associate

As readers of this blog will know, sweeping changes were made to the UK pensions industry in April 2015 which allowed retirees to access the full value of their pension fund without the need to purchase an annuity.

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RPC advises Lonmar on MBO backed by Global Risk Partners Limited

12 May 2016

RPC has advised on the agreed management buy-out of specialist Lloyd's broker, Lonmar Global Risks Limited, backed by Global Risk Partners Limited. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

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Costs - issue at your peril

12 May 2016

A recent decision re-emphasises the costs risks a claimant faces if it issues proceedings but does not serve them.

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Insurers liable to pay damages to insureds for late claims payment

12 May 2016

For insurance policies entered into after 4 May 2017, insurers could be liable to policyholders for late payment of claims. It will be an automatically implied term of the policy that sums due from insurers must be paid within a reasonable time.

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HMRC makes over 1,400 demands to lawyers and accountants for information on clients suspected of crimes

09 May 2016

Firms which fail to meet demands can face criminal liability

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Communiqué de Presse: Création de la filiale française de RPC Consulting avec l’ouverture des premiers bureaux à Paris.

06 May 2016

Spécialisée dans le conseil en management et actuariat pour les assureurs, RPC Consulting propose une offre innovante basée sur le transfert de connaissance.

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The "new" Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act and late payment of insurance claims

Published on 06 May 2016. By Robert Morris, Partner

After a delay of just six years, it was finally confirmed this week that the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 will come into force on 1 August 2016.

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Mining for claims: a year on from Proctor v Raleys

Published on 06 May 2016. By Claire Revell, Senior Associate

A year has now passed since the Court of Appeal's decision in Proctor v Raleys, a judgment which highlighted the difficulties defendant solicitors will face in stating that they gave sufficient advice if the advice they gave was contained in precedent letters and questionnaires (especially if they didn't actually meet the client, as was the case with the unfortunate Mr Raley).

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Take it to the limit (but no further)

06 May 2016

In a recent judgment handed down on 12 April 2016, the Hong Kong Admiralty Court examined whether or not crew members' acts or omissions could be regarded as a shipowner's personal acts or omissions for the purposes of breaking limitation under the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976 ("LLMC") [FN1].

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Tribunal considers carelessness test and finds discovery assessments to be invalid

Published on 05 May 2016. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

In Bubb v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 0216 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed the taxpayer's appeals and concluded that two discovery assessments made by HMRC under section 29, TMA 1970, were not validly made because only part of the tax underpayment resulted from the taxpayer's carelessness.

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Hiscox selects RPC Consulting to provide new Capital Modelling platform

04 May 2016

RPC Consulting, the insurance consulting arm of RPC, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Hiscox, a leading specialist insurer, to implement Tyche, RPC Consulting’s proprietary software, in order to facilitate the consolidation of Hiscox’s capital modelling requirements onto one platform.

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How effective is China's corruption crackdown?

04 May 2016

At the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on 8 November 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to hunt down 'tiger and flies'; in other words, crack down on the endemic corruption between high-level officials and lower-level civil servants.

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Tax update

04 May 2016

In the 2016 Budget, the Chancellor announced proposed legislation to tackle so-called “disguised remuneration”. HMRC has now published an impact note and draft legislation.

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RPC's Singapore JLV with Premier Law goes live

03 May 2016

Officially launched on 1 May, the JLV doubles RPC's size in Singapore, and significantly expands the firm's corporate, dispute resolution, and insurance capability in Asia.

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City law firm RPC advises ANV Holding B.V. on its announced takeover by AmTrust

03 May 2016

RPC is advising on the acquisition of ANV Holding B.V. by Nasdaq listed AmTrust Financial Services, for $218.7m.

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RPC Consulting opens Paris office

03 May 2016

Independent insurance management consulting and actuarial services business opens in France.

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Corporate tax update

03 May 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of our Corporate Tax Update, written by members of RPC’s tax team and published quarterly. In this edition we highlight some of the key tax developments of interest to UK corporates from the first quarter of 2016.

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RPC continues story of strong growth, breaking £100m turnover barrier

02 May 2016

FY16 top line growth at 6%. Firm grows organic revenue by 67% since 2011

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Notice of termination provisions - not all they're cracked up to be

Published on 29 April 2016. By Ed Holmes, Senior Associate and Tim Brown, Partner

In Vinergy International (PVT) Limited v Richmond Mercantile Limited FZC the High Court held that the respondent had been entitled to accept the appellant's repudiatory breach and terminate their contract without complying with the notice requirements. 

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