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Morrisons held responsible for mass data breach committed by disgruntled employee

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Morrisons face having to pay compensation to thousands of employees, following a recent decision of the High Court that the UK’s fourth largest chain of supermarkets was vicariously liable for a rogue employee leaking payroll information online. This decision follows the outcome of the first class action concerning a data breach in the UK, brought […]


Has HMRC called time on Inheritance Tax planning?

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Clients intending to carry out Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning in relation to their assets should consider completing their planning ahead of the 1 April 2018 changes to the DOTAS Regulations, as they apply to IHT. The Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes (DOTAS) regime is not new but, to date, its application to IHT has been […]


Carillion creditors: urgent steps to protect your position

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On 15 January 2018 Carillion PLC and a number of its subsidiary companies (Carillion) went into liquidation, with the High Court appointing the Official Receiver as liquidator and six partners of PWC as special managers. Those clients who have contracts with Carillion or who are owed money may find the following guidance useful: Check carefully […]


TV format protection - more details needed

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Introduction From Bullseye to Mastermind and from The Chase to Eggheads, it is undeniable that the public love a TV game show.  Who (in the UK) doesn’t remember Judith Keppel sensationally becoming the first winner of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?  A total of 14.9 million UK viewers (that is about a quarter of […]


Male bosses avoid being alone with women at work

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The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace is very much in the news, following recent revelations about the mistreatment of women (in particular) in Hollywood, and now in the world of politics. However, this type of behaviour does not just occur in high-profile industries. Indeed, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has reported […]


Brexit and family law – the painful divorce?

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Since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, commentators have regularly compared our departure from Europe to a couple divorcing. It is self-evident that some of the issues that will need to be addressed are similar; finances have to be sorted out, assets and liabilities must be divided, the “family” future must […]


1 April 2018: an important day for more than just April Fools

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April Fool’s Day 2018 will not just see the arrival of exceptionally crazy headlines in the tabloid press, but also the introduction of new rules governing the provision of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).  EPCs are already a feature of the residential market, and will from 1 April 2018 also begin having a substantial impact upon […]


Newsflash: 20% increase in planning application fees from 17 January

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Long expected regulations to increase the fees for planning applications were made by the Government just before the Christmas break. The regulations increase the fees by approximately 20% for applications submitted from 17 January, so if you are about to submit an application it would sensible to do so by 16 January if possible. The regulations also introduce […]


Fintech regulation: Looking ahead to 2018

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2017 was an exciting year for fintech but 2018 promises to be even more eventful.  This briefing considers some of the regulatory developments that took place in 2017 and what these are likely to mean for fintech regulation in 2018. Please see link below for full briefing. Fintech regulation: Looking ahead to 2018   Charles […]


Lost in translation: a cautionary tale

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The recent case of Frenkel v Lyampert and others [2017] EWHC 2223 (Ch) has highlighted the importance for parties involved in litigation in England & Wales to give early and careful consideration to the English language skills of non-native speakers giving evidence in court proceedings. The case resulted from the breakdown of the relationship between […]


How to save tax like a duke

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Using family trusts to save IHT is not just for the super-rich, but it does help to have had some well-advised ancestors… No doubt you’ve read the press reports about the sixth Duke of Westminster who has arranged his financial affairs so that the bulk of his £9bn property portfolio passes to his son, Hugh, […]


Suspension following disciplinary allegations: neutral act or breach of trust and confidence?

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A number of Employment Tribunal and court decisions over recent years have examined the effect of suspending an employee in order to investigate disciplinary allegations.  The result is that suspension, which might once have been considered a neutral act necessary to allow an unimpeded investigation and/or to prevent a recurrence of acts of misconduct, has now […]