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Safeguarding Culture in Sport News - Briefing

Date: 02/12/2016 Authors : Jane Foster, Robert Lewis

Since Andy Woodward disclosed publicly that he had been sexually abused by a coach when he was a youth player at Crewe Alexandra Football club, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) chief executive, Gordon Taylor, has said that more than 20 former footballers have come forward regarding...

Risky Business: Avoiding negligence claims when giving investment advice News - Briefing

Date: 01/12/2016 Authors : Kate Allass, Jolyon Connell, Grania Baird

  The High Court has reiterated the importance of investment advisers giving adequate information to clients about the risks of investments.  In doing so, the Court has also clarified the test for professional negligence claims against investment advisers. In this briefing note, Kate Allass and...

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA): An Update News - Briefing

Date: 30/11/2016 Authors : Adele Eastman, Maria Strauss

Introduction This note provides a brief overview of recent developments in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), since our last blog entry on 12 th August 2016, which followed our detailed notes of 17 th December 2015 and 10 th July 2015 .

Information Matters: How to work out how strong your trade secrets case might be News - Briefing

Date: 30/11/2016 Authors : John Hull

Ask most people what kind of "trade secrets" they thought were valuable and they might suggest something like the formula for Coca Cola or the secret recipe for Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken. Those two are famous "trade secrets". But ask any lawyer with experience in this field and they...

Safeguarding your business against the risk of mental capacity News - Briefing

Date: 30/11/2016 Authors : Bryony Cove

For entrepreneurs and business owners, it is crucial to put provisions in place to protect your business. No one is immune to health risk. Mental capacity can be lost in a multitude of ways, for example through illness or injury, and may seriously affect your ability to make decisions whether...

Bank of England publishes results of its 2016 stress test News - Briefing

Date: 30/11/2016 Authors : Fiona Lowrie

Today the Bank of England published the results of its stress test of the country’s seven systemically important banks and building societies. This was the first stress test carried out under the Bank’s new annual cyclical scenario framework, details of which were published in March 2016.

Academy group structures: lessons to learn and pitfalls to avoid News - Briefing

Date: 28/11/2016 Authors : Siobhan Jones

A recent Charity Commission inquiry report offers a number of lessons to those involved in academy group structures.

A fair hearing? News - Briefing

Date: 24/11/2016 Authors : Maria Strauss

A recent judgment illustrates the importance of acting fairly when dealing with allegations of wrongdoing. In this instance, the proceedings under scrutiny were carried out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership ( NCTL ), in a case brought against two teachers at a Trojan Horse school.

Cyber theft: "Every Little Helps" News - Briefing

Date: 23/11/2016 Authors : Tom Rudkin

Recently, Tesco Bank became the latest household name embroiled in a cyber security crisis. Following the hack, the Bank quickly explained in a statement that " some of its customers' customer accounts have been subject to online criminal activity, in some cases resulting in money being withdrawn...

Putting the brakes on a potential reputation-wrecker News - Briefing

Date: 22/11/2016 Authors : Ben Longworth

Imagine the scenario: your school has been struggling but has worked its way out of special measures. You think your rocky patch is over, but a no-notice inspection results in an "inadequate" grading and a draft report that condemns your school for long-standing practices that weren't mentioned i...

MiFID II – Corporate Governance and Organisational Requirements News - Briefing

Date: 21/11/2016 Authors : Andy Peterkin

MiFID II will enter into force in the UK on 3 January 2018 and will replace Directive 2004/39/EC ( MiFID I ). MiFID II aims to enhance the efficiency and integrity of the financial markets across the European Union and we have prepared a suite of briefings on key areas of change. This briefing...

Divorce and the family business News - Briefing

Date: 17/11/2016 Authors : Nicholas Bennett

If divorce is a stressful time for families, it's stressful too for family businesses. The impact of court orders can be severe. English divorces start from the principle that wealth should be divided equally between husband and wife. For many directors of family businesses, the company will be o...

Keeping a police investigation v-ERY hush hush - Businessman relies on Article 8 to stop the media from reporting fact he was under police investigation News - Briefing

Date: 16/11/2016 Authors : Michael Patrick

On 4 November, Nicol J sitting in the High Court handed down a judgment in ERY v Associated Newspapers Limited [2016] EWHC 2760 (QB) preventing the Mail on Sunday (published by ANL) from reporting the fact the claimant was under investigation by the police for alleged criminal activity.

Inn the Field of Play - November 2016: Discrimination in the velodrome: lessons from the Shane Sutton case News - Briefing

Date: 14/11/2016 Authors : Charles Fursdon, Robert Lewis

After a six-month internal investigation, it was announced at the end of October that British Cycling had upheld the allegation that former technical director Shane Sutton " used inappropriate and discriminatory language " towards former European team sprint champion Jess Varnish. Sutton had...

"We are not yet anywhere near to becoming a society in which the culturally normal reaction to becoming involved in a dispute is to mediate" News - Briefing

Date: 10/11/2016 Authors : Annmarie Carvalho

So said Lord Justice Briggs in September when discussing his recent review of the civil courts' structure. His proposed solution is the introduction of an 'Online Court' with these aims:

A new tax relief for museums and galleries - the Treasury consults News - Briefing

Date: 09/11/2016 Authors : Rachel Holmes

At Budget 2016, George Osborne announced that the Government would be introducing a new relief for temporary and touring exhibitions. As a next step, the Treasury issued a consultation, outlining the basic framework and seeking feedback on whether the proposals would achieve the Government's aims...

Disqualification, warnings and fundraising – more of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 comes into force News - Briefing

Date: 09/11/2016 Authors : Rachel Holmes

The following sections of the 2016 Act are now in force.

HMRC consulting on draft regulations for the calculation, payment and recovery of the Apprenticeship Levy News - Briefing

Date: 09/11/2016 Authors : Rachel Holmes

As you may know, the Apprenticeship Levy is a new levy, to be introduced next April, that will be paid by employers to fund apprenticeships. The rate will be 0.5% of an employer's payroll, but each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their Levy payment. In effect this...

Making the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme more user-friendly News - Briefing

Date: 09/11/2016 Authors : Rachel Holmes

In the 2015 Autumn Statement, the Government announced that it was bringing forward a review of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme ( GASDS ). This announcement was prompted by figures showing that take-up of the scheme was disappointingly low. A Call for Evidence was issued in December 2015, and...

Is your charity running a business? News - Briefing

Date: 09/11/2016 Authors : Charlotte Black

The application of VAT law to charities appeared to turn a corner in September when the Court of Appeal decided in favour of HMRC in the case of Longridge on the Thames v HMRC [2016] EWCA Civ 930. The judgment revises the criteria for determining whether, for VAT purposes, a charity is carrying o...

Brexit - High Court decides that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval News - Briefing

Date: 04/11/2016 Authors : David Fletcher, Kate Allass

In the latest twist in the Brexit saga, three senior judges in the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday decided that the Government needs the approval of Parliament before it can give notice to withdraw from the European Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The judgment (the full text ...

Laurence Stracey Debate 2016 News - Press release

Date: 03/11/2016 Authors : David Smellie

This year Armando Iannucci and Nabilah Tasmin proposed the motion "The people are never wrong; politicians are rarely right”. This motion was opposed by Lord Jonathan Hill and Nadia Mensah. The motion was defeated narrowly by 103 votes to 96.

Unwrapping IPSO's surprising hijab ruling News - Briefing

Date: 03/11/2016 Authors : Oliver Lock

In a ruling that surprised many, IPSO has found in favour of The Sun after it received almost 2,000 complaints in relation to an article written by Kelvin MacKenzie in which he criticised Channel 4 News for its decision to front a journalist who wears a hijab in its coverage of the Nice attacks.

Pre-nuptial agreements and the family business News - Briefing

Date: 02/11/2016 Authors : Nicholas Bennett

A wedding day is, of course, a time for celebration. But for family businesses (even the happiest), it may not be free from nerves: what does the acquisition of a new son- or daughter-in-law mean for the firm? The particular impact of divorce will be covered in the second in our series. Here we...

Art Consignments & Agency Issues News - Briefing

Date: 01/11/2016 Authors : Adrian Parkhouse

The session chaired by Josh Spero at this year's Art Business Conference in London considered several risks which arise when works are dealt with "on consignment". Apart from the extent of insurance cover for damage to consigned goods, the subsequent discussion centred around the risk of fraud an...

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