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Tackling Hawkeye – Bournemouth’s uphill battle

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

The Premier League season came to a conclusion with  dramatic final day in July. A point for Aston Villa (AVFC) in their final game saw them survive the drop to the Championship, whilst AFC Bournemouth (AFCB) were condemned, falling into the relegation zone by just a single point. Reports have recently surfaced that AFCB are […]


Renewable & Green Energy Round-up: July

Sam Tye, Luke Morris |

Fladgate’s Renewable & Green Energy Group highlight recent developments and topics of discussion affecting the renewable energy, electric vehicle and battery storage sectors. The National Grid ESO’s Future Energy Scenarios 2020 (FES) published in July was the first to contain scenarios published by National Grid whereby net zero is achieved by 2050 (or, in one […]


Shareholder activism

Paul Airley |

Shareholder activism levels are currently subdued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, shareholder activism will inevitably regain its recent upward trajectory as investors seek to influence the direction of a company’s COVID-adapted business or take advantage of opportunities arising in the new trading environment. Activists may feel able to target a fundamentally strong […]


City and CAS – FFP not down and out yet

Alan Wetterhahn, Thomas Edwards |

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently handed down its decision in the matter of Manchester City FC (MCFC) v UEFA. The decision had been much anticipated in sporting circles as it is the first real test of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules that were put in place to regulate […]


New ICO guidance: explaining decisions about individuals made using AI systems

Tim Wright |

Background In April 2019, the UK Government published the AI Sector Deal policy paper[1] which placed machine learning, AI and big data at the heart of the UK’s Industrial Strategy[2]. Other Sector Deals announced at same time include life sciences, construction, and the automotive sector. Recognising the need to make sure AI benefits everyone in […]


English Court considers the proper presentation of documents under the ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees

Tom Bolam |

The recent decision in Tecnicas Reunidas Saudia For Services and Contracting Co. Ltd v The Korea Development Bank [2020] EWHC 968 (TCC), considered the meaning of the beneficiary’s obligations to present documents under a demand guarantee where the express requirements for a compliant demand were ambiguous. The judgment provides important guidance on the application of […]


ECJ declares EU-US Privacy Shield invalid

Alexandra Cooke |

On 16 July 2020, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) examined and ruled on the EU-US Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield), and declared it invalid. The Privacy Shield was the mechanism that facilitated the compliant transfer of personal data from the European Union to the United States. The decision means that businesses relying on the Privacy […]


CGT reform

Jonathan Riley, Helena Luckhurst, Helen Cox, Mark Spash |

On 13 July the Chancellor wrote to the Office of Tax simplification requesting that it reviews capital gains tax and those elements of corporation tax that relate to chargeable gains.  This is not an unexpected development and it follows closely a consultation in respect of proposed inheritance tax reform. The rate of CGT for higher […]


The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act – will it help?

Jeremy Whiteson |

On 26 June 2020 the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (Act) came into force after a rapid passage through all Parliamentary stages, in a little over a month. This is a major piece of legislation (stretching to 245 pages). It is a centrepiece of the Government’s response to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic for […]


English Court considers the proper presentation of documents under the ICC Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees

Tom Bolam |

he recent decision in Tecnicas Reunidas Saudia For Services and Contracting Co. Ltd v The Korea Development Bank [2020] EWHC 968 (TCC), considered the meaning of the beneficiary’s obligations to present documents under a demand guarantee where the express requirements for a compliant demand were ambiguous. The judgment provides important guidance on the application of […]


Stakeholder Capitalism – Will it become the “New New Normal”?

Amy Collins |

Stakeholder Capitalism is not new:  but is this management theory (popular in the 1950s and 1960s) poised to make a comeback as the world seeks to recover from the Covid-19 crisis? What is Stakeholder Capitalism? Investopedia refers to it as “a system in which corporations are oriented to serve the interests of all their stakeholders. […]


Restructuring plans and cross-class cram downs

Nigel Gordon |

On 26 June 2020 the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA) came into force after a rapid passage through all Parliamentary stages, in a little over a month. CIGA introduced several well-publicised changes to the law relating to insolvency and general meetings, but there is one proposed change which deserves greater attention. CIGA provides […]