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From light industrial to residential – the new permitted development right

01 November 2017

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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Press and Media

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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欧州M&A最前線 2017年10月

Published on 27 October 2017. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

読者の多くは、2018年5月25日に施行される欧州連合(EU)の「一般データ保護規則(GDPR)」についてご存じだろう。世界各国の企業は、EU市民の個人データや基本的プライバシーを保護していることを証明する義務を負う。この規則は、欧州で事業を展開する全ての日本企業に影響を及ぼす。

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RPC promotes three to Legal Director

26 October 2017

RPC promotes three to Legal Director

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VAT update, October 2017

26 October 2017

In this month’s update we report on the processing of personal data to combat tax fraud, the new proposals for taxing intra-EU supplies and the change in VAT treatment of pension fund management services supplied by regulated insurers.

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Liability for commencement of approach voyage under voyage charters - absolute?

Published on 25 October 2017. By Stuart Shepherd, Partner

A recent judgment of the Commercial Court examines a novel point in respect of the obligation on an owner under a voyage charter to get the vessel to the load port when the charter contains a cancelling date but no expected readiness to load date or load port ETA.

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PE funds: Risks to LP limited liability status 

Published on 24 October 2017. By William L. Jones, Senior Associate

One of the key attributes of an English limited partnership is that the general partner has unlimited liability for the debts and obligations of the limited partnership.

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Transferring limited partnership interests

Published on 24 October 2017. By William L. Jones, Senior Associate

A limited partner may assign its interest in a limited partnership, subject to the general partner's consent and any contrary agreement between the limited partners.

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UK financial services trade marks hit record high as fintech investment grows

23 October 2017

This rise in trade mark activity has been partly propelled by new financial products being launched in the fintech sector.

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Adjudication – mind the recovery gap

Published on 23 October 2017. By Rebecca May, Associate

O'Farrell J recently severed an adjudicator's decision as she considered that the adjudicator did not have jurisdiction to award costs under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (Late Payment Act) in Enviroflow Management Ltd v Redhill Works (Nottingham) Ltd (2017) (unreported, 16 August 2017).

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Digital Comparison Tools: The CMA's Verdict

Published on 20 October 2017. By Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate and Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner

The CMA has recently concluded its year-long digital comparison tools (DCT) market study with the publication (on 26 September 2017) of its Final Report. However, this is by no means the end of the story. In addition to making recommendations to DCTs, their users, the regulators (in particular, the FCA), other bodies and the Government, the CMA has launched a competition investigation into the use of wide "most favoured nation" (MFN) contractual arrangements by a DCT in the home insurance sector and will keep other commercial arrangements under review.

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The FCA makes clear its expectations of financial advisers

Published on 18 October 2017. By Charlotte Thompson, Associate

FCA, regulatory, financial services

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SUSSEX CARS - Tribunal orders HMRC to pay taxpayer's costs of appeal

Published on 18 October 2017. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

In Sussex Cars Association v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 0691 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has exercised its discretion, under Rule 10(1)(b) of the Tribunal Rules, to make an order for costs against HMRC on the basis that it had "acted unreasonably in bringing, defending or conducting the proceedings".

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Not Fazed –September Sales and Consumer Confidence Defy Expectations

Published on 18 October 2017. By Henry Priestley, Senior Associate and Jani Ihalainen, Paralegal

Building on the positive sales figures at the end of the summer period, which we discussed in an earlier article, retailers have kept the momentum going in September.

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McGreevy – Tribunal describes HMRC's argument as "clap trap" in late filing case

Published on 17 October 2017. By Robert Waterson, Legal Director

In R McGreevy v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 0690 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) allowed a non-resident taxpayer's appeal against a penalty for the late filing of her non-resident CGT (NRCGT) return on the basis that she had a reasonable excuse.

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Are there dark clouds on the horizon for SIPP providers?

Published on 17 October 2017. By David Allinson, Senior Associate

According to Citywire, the FCA is poised to complete further supervisory work on the SIPP industry with a specific focus on non-standard investments. We understand that the FCA has questioned SIPP providers on the number of high risk investments they hold following a spate of complaints about such products in recent years.

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Are there dark clouds on the horizon for SIPP providers?

Published on 17 October 2017. By David Allinson, Senior Associate

According to Citywire, the FCA is poised to complete further supervisory work on the SIPP industry with a specific focus on non-standard investments. We understand that the FCA has questioned SIPP providers on the number of high risk investments they hold following a spate of complaints about such products in recent years.

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General liability update October 2017

Published on 17 October 2017. By Gavin Reese, Partner and Jonathan Drake, Senior Associate and Nick McMahon, Head of Health and Safety

The latest general liability news coming out of the courts.

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Government to cover negligence claims against GPs

Published on 17 October 2017. By Dorothy Flower, Partner and Kristiana Reynolds, Associate

Government to cover negligence claims against GPs

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Government to cover negligence claims against GPs

Published on 17 October 2017. By Dorothy Flower, Partner and Kristiana Reynolds, Associate

Government to cover negligence claims against GPs

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Instant Retail Therapy

Published on 16 October 2017. By Karen Hendy, Head of Corporate and Nadia Tymkiw, Trainee Solicitor

ASOS Instant, the same-day delivery service launched by ASOS last week, reflects the growing momentum of "fast shopping", where the ultimate consumer experience is effortless and almost instantaneous.

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Medical device concerns and MHRA compliance

Published on 16 October 2017. By Hannah Land, Associate

Increase in medical devices regulatory alerts and how to respond to concerns

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71% jump in regulator alerts over medical devices

Published on 16 October 2017. By Peter Rudd-Clarke, Legal Director

There has been a 71% jump in regulatory 'alerts' over medical devices in the past year, says City-headquartered professional services firm, RPC.

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Gill - Tribunal rejects HMRC's interim applications 

Published on 16 October 2017. By Alexis Armitage, Associate

In Gill v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 0597 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) dismissed three interim applications made by HMRC for (1) permission to adduce expert evidence; (2) a direction excluding a large amount of documentation adduced by the taxpayer; and (3) a direction that the taxpayer disclose data in an alternative format to that provided by the taxpayer.

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North Midland Building Limited v Cyden Homes Limited [2017] EWHC 2414 (TCC): Choose your extension of time provisions carefully

Published on 11 October 2017. By Jonathan Hutt, Partner and Sarah Newby, Trainee Solicitor

North Midland Building Limited v Cyden Homes confirms the primacy of the parties' contract in determining an extension of time. Specifically, in North Midland the High Court held that an amendment made to the construction contract meant that, in a situation of concurrent delay, North Midland Building Ltd (the Contractor) was not entitled to an extension of time from Cyden Homes Ltd (the Employer) and that the prevention principle, had it arisen, would not take precedence over the expressly agreed terms of the contract.

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Digital Disruption and the new world

10 October 2017

Oliver Bray tackles the legal issues around the tension caused between digital disruptors and the traditionalists as part of Legal Week's Corporate Counsel Forum Europe 2017.

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China's Clinical Trials

Published on 10 October 2017. By Kristiana Reynolds, Associate

China - an emerging market for clinical trials

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Serial referrals and abandoned adjudications: will the court grant an injunction prohibiting adjudication proceedings?

Published on 09 October 2017. By Julia Edwards, Associate

In Jacobs v Skanska, the TCC has recently held that starting a second adjudication on the same or similar issues is unreasonable but not oppressive and an injunction should not be granted. In the recent case of Jacobs UK Limited v Skanska Construction UK Ltd [2017] EWHC 2395 (TCC), Justice O'Farrell DBE clarified the courts will not restrain a party who opens and closes numerous adjudications for a tactical benefit but, the responding party may be granted a wasted costs order.

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RPC's growing Hong Kong Commercial Disputes team adds strength with new Partner

09 October 2017

Banking and finance litigator Jonathan Crompton joins the Asian office as a Partner

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Chadwick – Discovery assessment on wrong person cannot be remedied by section 114 TMA

Published on 06 October 2017. By Nicole Kostic, Senior Associate

In Chadwick (as trustee in bankruptcy of Mrs Gloria Oduneye-Braniffe) v The National Crime Agency [2017] UKFTT 656 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has held than an assessment issued to a trustee in bankruptcy was a gross error that could not be cured by section 114 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 (TMA).

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FCA criticised by Complaints Commissioner for its handling of enforcement limitation issues

Published on 04 October 2017. By Lucy Kerr, Senior Associate

The Office of the Complaints Commissioner recently upheld two complaints against the FCA for making a "serious mistake" in its management of limitation issues for two connected investigations. The Commissioner criticised the FCA not only for its mismanagement of the limitation issue, but also for the unnecessary delays in concluding its own internal investigation into these complaints.

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DB Transfers - now what?

Published on 04 October 2017. By Rachael Healey, Legal Director

We know that the FCA is looking closely at defined benefit transfers; we already have the FCA's review of redress methodology and the defined benefit transfer rules. We now have the results of the FCA's review, into defined benefit transfers and it makes for uncomfortable reading for the financial services industry.

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Tax update, October 2017

04 October 2017

In this update we report on HMRC’s recently published guidance concerning the new offences of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion; HMRC’s new powers to refuse to register or de-register master trust pension schemes; and new guidance on investors’ relief in the CGT context.

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Getting to the heart of database right and copyright

Published on 03 October 2017. By Georgia Davis, Legal Director and Paul Joseph, Partner

Getting to the heart of database right and copyright: Technomed Ltd and another v Bluecrest Health Screening Ltd and another [2017] EWHC 2142 (Ch), 24 August 2017 It's not often that a case features successful claims for both copyright infringement and database right infringement but this is one of those cases.

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Insurtech Jargon 101: What does it all mean?

Published on 01 October 2017. By Dil-veer Kang , Trainee solicitor

"Insurtech" is a nebulous concept broadly referring to innovative technology in the insurance industry. Comments on insurtech are often littered with references to specific computing concepts which individually are pretty straight-forward. However, when used in conjunction with one another with no further explanation, insurtech jargon can sound much more complex than it really is. I explain some of the key terms below.

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Snapshot

Service provider liability

29 September 2017

EU proposal provides clarity on incoming requirements for digital service providers

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欧州M&A最前線 2017年9月

Published on 29 September 2017. By Nigel Collins, Partner, Head of Japan Desk

夏季休暇が明け、日常に戻ったロンドンの金融街シティーには、さまざまなプロジェクトを進めようという意欲と活気がみなぎっている。

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Interpretation of uncertain provisions – Kitcatt and others MMS v UK Holdings Ltd and others [2017] EWHC 675

29 September 2017

How will a Court interpret a clause that is uncertain or which appears to be unworkable?

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The FCA: key themes for 2017/18

Published on 29 September 2017. By Lucy Kerr, Senior Associate and Richard Burger, Partner

A look at key developments for the FCA in 2017 and looking forward to 2018

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Bailey: Quality trumps quantity as Tribunal grants taxpayer principle private residence relief

Published on 27 September 2017. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

In Stephen Bailey v HMRC [2017] UKFTT 658 (TC), the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) granted the taxpayer principle private residence relief, under section 222, Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 (TCGA), despite having only occupied the property in question for two periods of less than six months.

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VAT update September 2017

27 September 2017

In this month’s update we report on the Commission’s evaluation of invoicing rules; revisions to VAT notice 700/50, concerning default surcharge; and details of the consultation on the Making Tax Digital reforms.

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Gulf between legal advice privilege in the UK and Hong Kong is widening

27 September 2017

Jonathan Cary explains the gulf opening up between England and the other major common law jurisdictions such as Hong Kong in relation to legal advice privilege and the pitfalls to be aware of.

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Press and Media

Hong Kong financial disputes Partner relocates to London

Published on 27 September 2017. By Jonathan Cary, Partner

After three years Jonathan Cary returns to RPC's London office to strengthen team

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