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COVID 19 – UK and Indian tax residence

Mythily Katsaris, Hamilton Forrest |

The fact that travel including international travel has been heavily restricted by the Covid-19 pandemic means that individuals have been unable to leave certain jurisdictions including the UK and India. Mythily Katsaris and Hamilton Forrest discuss the risk for individuals becoming tax resident in the UK or India by virtue of being stuck in one of these jurisdictions and certain measures that may be relied on to prevent this from happening.


How to avoid directors’ liability

Jeremy Whiteson |

Many businesses will be under enormous strain over coming months. In the article below, Jeremy Whiteson discusses what legal tools are available to help keep the business afloat and avoid directors’ liability Look honestly and realistically at the financial position of the company. In particular, are you able to meet immediate liabilities and, looking forward, […]


Covid-19 and sporting events – what does the law say about dealing with disappointed fans?

Alexandra Cooke |

The World Health Organisation has now formally declared a global pandemic, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread around the world. Governments are taking drastic measures to stop the spread of the virus, with some parts of the world now in total lockdown. Inevitably, we are seeing a huge impact on sporting events around the […]


Esport officials crackdown on cheats

Thomas Edwards |

The High Court recently handed down a summary judgment confirming in no uncertain terms that cheats never prosper. The action was brought by Take-Two Interactive, the publishers and developers of GTA V, against five defendants who had developed cheat software for GTA V named ‘Epsilon’ (not to be confused with the in-game ‘program’ (or cult) […]


COVID-19: Impact on contractual obligations in the travel industry supply chain

Alexandra Cooke |

In last month’s article we looked at what obligations travel providers have to their customers in the event their holidays are affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. In this article, we will take a look at how the Coronavirus can impact B2B contracts in the travel sector; specifically, the contractual and legal issues arising in English law as a result of businesses in affected countries having to suspend, or even cancel, their operations.


Sky v SkyKick: Big brands get signal boost from EU Court

Ben Milloy |

In October last year the EU Court’s Advocate-General (AG) caused a stir in the IP world with an opinion heralding a seismic shift in EU trade mark law and practice. Cue collective breath-holding amongst trade mark owners with either purposefully broad goods and services specifications (including terms like “computer software”), or specs comprising sprawling lists […]


English High Court recognises Bitcoin as property

Paul Airley, David Lee, Charles Proctor, David Robinson |

In our article of December 2019 we reviewed the UK Jurisdictional Task Force’s Legal Statement on the Status of Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts, which considered key legal questions about cryptoassets and smart contracts. Whilst traditional legal analysis suggests that cryptoassets would not be recognised as “property”, the Legal Statement sets out compelling reasoning to conclude that cryptoassets could in fact […]


Last orders on EU wide enforcement of UK judgments?

Alexander Wildschütz |

In only a few hours 47 years of the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union and in its predecessor, the European Economic Community, will come to an end. Over the next 11 months it will, hopefully, become clearer what shape the future relationship between the UK and the remaining member states will take. What […]


“In the mist of chaos, there is also opportunity” - Sun-Tzu, The art of War-craft III

Joshua Bennett, Alan Wetterhahn |

Is there hope for custom game developers amidst Blizzard Entertainment’s new Acceptable Use Policy? Following the launch of Warcraft III: Reforged, Blizzard Entertainment (Blizzard) has updated its Acceptable Use Policy so that the legal rights that custom-game makers automatically assign to Blizzard have been expanded. The new wording (highlighted in bold) reads: Custom Games are […]


Workplace Privacy: Can an employer refer to an employee’s private WhatsApp messages in a disciplinary process?

Michael McCartney, Mike Tremeer, Taj Rehal |

This was a question referred to the European Court of Human Rights in the recent case of Garamukanwa v United Kingdom.  Coincidentally, much the same question was put to the Scottish Court of Session earlier this year in BC and others v Chief Constable Police Service of Scotland and others.  Both cases together provide a […]


The Conservative and Labour manifestos: taxation and corporate proposals

Neal Todd, Eleanor Green, Alex Taylor |

The General Election takes place this Thursday. With small and medium sized businesses making up the backbone of the UK economy there has been significant interest in the parties’ approach to the treatment of tax and private corporations. The latest polls show the Conservatives and Labour as the two dominant parties so we have considered […]


General Election 2019: tax summary

Neal Todd, Gemma Grunewald |

Thursday 12 December will see the British public travel to polling stations to cast their vote for the next general election. Tax partner Neal Todd and tax associate Gemma Grunewald outline each of the leading parties’ key tax proposals detailed in their respective manifestos. To view the tax summary, please click here. For more information, […]