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Frederick & Others v Positive Solutions Limited – a win for principals on vicarious liability

Published on 14 March 2018. By David Allinson, Senior Associate and Lucy Joyce, Associate

The Court of Appeal has reinforced the idea that liability will only attach to a principal in cases where a tort committed by an agent can be shown to have been completed as an integral part of the business activities of the principal. Furthermore, all elements composing the tort must take place within the course of the agency. The case thickens the lines defining what conduct of an agent could lead to recovery from the principal.

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Bawa-Garba case exposes shortcomings in management of medical errors

Published on 14 March 2018. By Ella Shanks, Trainee Solicitor

Urgent government review of medical malpractice underway following conviction of Dr Bawa-Garba and the management of medical mistakes.

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Towers Watson – Tribunal confirms HMRC cannot raise new matters not covered in a closure notice

Published on 13 March 2018. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

In Towers Watson Limited v HMRC [2017] TC06241, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held that HMRC cannot raise new matters which were not covered in the closure notice which it had issued to the appellant company.

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Copyright disputes from sports and music rights holders continue to flood High Court

12 March 2018

Five of the Top 10 High Court claimants are football or music rights holders

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Put your little stone in the great mosaic

Published on 07 March 2018. By Kelly Thomson, Legal Director

IWD is a day designed to galvanize such desire for change into real, sustainable action by people, by business and by government. And on Thursday 8th March many of us will pause for thought. In our reflections, one question will come up time and time again: what can I actually do to improve gender equality?

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Could Cannabis be the Cure?

Published on 07 March 2018. By Natalie Drew, Associate

With the upsetting case of Alfie Dingley dominating news headlines, the UK Government is being asked to reconsider its approach to medicinal cannabis. But what would this mean for manufacturers, healthcare professionals, and, most importantly, potential patients?

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Sharp v Blank and others [2017] EWHC 3390 (Ch)

Published on 07 March 2018. By Elizabeth Wiggin, Associate and Andy McGregor, Partner

The Court considered the Defendants' application for approval of their revised cost budget on the basis that there had been significant developments in the litigation.

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The perils of using disclosed documents for a collateral purpose

Published on 07 March 2018. By Victoria Rogers, Associate and Geraldine Elliott, Partner

In Grosvenor Chemicals Ltd v UPL Europe Ltd disclosed documents were used by the UPL for a collateral purpose in breach of the Civil Procedure Rules.

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Goldsmith - late filing penalties cancelled by the Tribunal

Published on 05 March 2018. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

In David Goldsmith v HMRC [2018] UKFTT 0005 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has cancelled late filing penalties issued to the taxpayer as the statutory requirements in section 8(1), Taxes Management Act 1970 (TMA), had not been satisfied and HMRC did not have the power to require the taxpayer to deliver self-assessment returns.

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Open Banking: a slow revolution?

Published on 05 March 2018. By Katie Fry-Paul, Trainee Solicitor

The European Commission's Revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) was implemented on 13 January 2018, with little fanfare. However, the ideas that PSD2 seeks to promote look set to change the face of banking, both for service providers and for customers. Amongst other requirements, PSD2 obliges banks to allow authorised Account Information Service Providers (AISPs) and Payment Initiation Service Providers (PISPs) access to customer account data, where the customer has given both the bank and the AISP or PISP permission for them to do so.

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