Insights: Legal Updates - February 2011

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Recent developments in online advertising

Eddie Powell |

This article summarises some of the more recent developments that will be of interest to those companies and individuals who participate in, or are considering participating in, any online advertising or promotional activity. The Advertising Standards Authority’s new digital remit On 1 March 2011 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) digital remit will be extended to […]

New legislation attacks the use of EBTs and EFRBs

John Forde |

On 9 December 2010 the government published draft legislation designed to prevent the use of trusts and other third party structures as a means of reducing tax on employment income. The government is particularly keen to prevent the use of employee benefit trusts (EBTs) and employer-financed retirement benefit schemes (EFRBs) for such purposes. Employers and […]

Israel joins club of safe destinations for personal data

Eddie Powell |

On 1 February 2011 The European Commission formally accepted Israel as a country which provides an “adequate level of protection” for the purposes of determining whether it is safe to transfer personal data to it from Europe. Israel’s laws and practice are therefore recognised as meeting the EU’s standards for protection of the rights of […]

Carbon Reduction Commitment: a tax like any other?

Roy Perrott |

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme requires large energy users to offset their carbon emissions by buying carbon allowances from the government or on the open market. Businesses that used more than 6,000 MW of electricity in 2008 – which equates to about £500,000 at current prices – will be affected. The government has estimated […]