Insights: December 2015

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Fine for online pharmacy selling customer details

Ben Milloy |

If carried out properly, the sale of customer or user information offers a potentially lucrative revenue source for any data-rich company. However, get it wrong and – as NHS-approved online chemist “Pharmacy 2U” can now testify – it can be quite the reverse. Pharmacy 2U’s rude awakening took the form of a £130,000 fine from […]


Japanese knotweed

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What is Japanese knotweed? Japanese knotweed, which was introduced to the UK in the 19th century as an ornamental plant, has now spread to become the most invasive plant in the UK and a real threat to the structure of UK buildings.  The plant spreads rapidly (up to 10cm per day some months!) by its […]


Payment in construction contracts: what have we learnt?

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Over the last year we have seen two sets of three cases[1] on the issue of payment provisions in construction contracts.  Payment in construction contracts on projects in Great Britain is an issue underpinned by a statutory framework[2] intended to improve cash flow to the construction supply chain by the inclusion of an adequate payment […]


The tide turns

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It seems that whenever the court changes its rules with a view to improving efficiency or reducing costs, it has the opposite effect.  The so-called “Jackson reforms”, which introduced court-supervised “cost budgeting”, are universally viewed (except by Lord Jackson) as greatly increasing costs and causing considerable delay.  Days are spent in preparing budgets and then […]


The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

Matthew Bennett, Helena Luckhurst |

The Autumn Statement contained mainly political and economic measures.  There were a number of tax and other announcements relevant to private individuals, but the forthcoming publication of draft legislation (expected on 9 December) to be included in the Finance Bill 2016 will be more significant, particularly for resident but non-domiciled individuals.  The measures for individuals […]


The UK implements the remainder of the Transparency Directive Amending Directive changes

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Summary of the changes On 26 November 2015, the UK completed the implementation of the Transparency Directive Amending Directive.  This has entailed amendments to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) and to the Disclosure and Transparency Rules (DTRs).  Key changes include: a new power for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to apply to […]


Football insolvency - the new policy: a step in the right direction?

Jeremy Whiteson |

The Football League has recently finalised some important changes to its insolvency policy which were approved at an AGM over the summer. These changes could have significant implications for clubs, funders, investors and potential rescuers. Background – the Football Creditor Rule The Football Creditor Rule The approach of the Football League to insolvency has drawn […]