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Review of the UK Listing Regime - December 2020

Neil Vickers |

Chancellor Sunak has established the Hill Review to consider reforms to the FCA’s Listing Rules It has not taken the UK Government long to look for possible areas of divergence from the EU’s regulatory landscape. The Hill Review aims to tailor the FCA’s Listing Regime more precisely to the needs of companies, investors and the […]


To SPAC or not to SPAC?

Neil Vickers |

Pros and cons of reversing a business into a listed shell or to IPO directly on the LSE Standard List or AIM markets Recent trends Much comment has been generated by the increase in the number and scale of US technology and other IPOs this year. Much of this has been driven by a new […]


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, […]


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) […]


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

Alan Wetterhahn, Joshua Bennett |

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 […]