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The residence nil-rate band: Some tips and traps News - Briefing

Date: 23/09/2016 Authors : Diana Davidson, Christine Payne Smith

Prior to the 2010 election David Cameron promised to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1m.  More than five years later, this promise was delivered in the form of the residence nil-rate band (RNRB) which comes into effect next year.  Reaction to the new regime has been mixed, much criticism...

Held hostage: the ransomware threat News - Briefing

Date: 23/09/2016 Authors : Jennifer Agate, Alicia Mendonca

4,000 daily attacks since 1 January 2016, a 300 percent increase from 2015: these are the terrifying ransomware statistics recently released by the US Government (1).

Information Matters: Hyperlinks and copyright: how Playboy photos developed the law News - Briefing

Date: 23/09/2016 Authors : Paul Jones, David Morgan

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has made a further important judgment on what constitutes a communication to the public under Article 3(1) of the Copyright Directive (2001/29) ("InfoSoc") in the case of GS Media BV v Sanoma Media Netherlands BV and others (Case C-160/15) ....

Commercial Property Newsletter: Spotlight on Development September 2016 News - Briefing

Date: 21/09/2016 Authors : Clive Lovatt, Shona Ferguson, Andrew Wade, Robin Holmes

Welcome to the September edition of our newsletter on all matters affecting the property development industry. It is almost three months since the historic referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.  Since then, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the demise of the U.K.'s property...

What's in a name? Karen Millen loses battle to use her own name in business News - Briefing

Date: 20/09/2016 Authors : Emily Arnold, Alicia Mendonca

Karen Millen has lost a claim in the High Court against Karen Millen Fashions Limited, over the right to use her name in respect of her own ongoing business ventures.

Reform and opportunity in the school sector News

Date: 15/09/2016 Authors : Maria Strauss

As has been highly publicised and much commented on, the Prime Minister delivered a speech at the British Academy London entitled "Britain, the great meritocracy"   last Friday 9 September 2016.  In addition, the PM wrote an article in Saturday's Daily Mail, the text of which is here and on Tuesd...

Transparency and Trusts: The implications of the new PSC Register for trustees News - Briefing

Date: 15/09/2016 Authors : Diana Davidson, Christine Payne Smith

Recently there has been a succession of initiatives aimed at increasing the transparency of asset-holding structures.  The rate at which these proposals have been announced, together with the administrative burdens they impose, may have left some with a sense of ‘information overload’.  However, ...

Gender pay-gap reporting News - Briefing

Date: 15/09/2016 Authors : Alice Cave

Schools will be aware that we are awaiting publication of the final version of Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016.  Draft regulations were attached to the consultation paper published earlier this year, which stated that the final version would be issued this summer, ...

New record-keeping rules for schools starting this September News - Briefing

Date: 15/09/2016 Authors : Rachel Holmes, Katie Rigg

Back in 2015, the Chief Inspector of Schools wrote a letter to the Secretary of State for Education in which he expressed concern about inconsistent practice and poor communication in identifying children who are missing from education. He pointed out that the law did not oblige schools to...

Leave your husband or lose your job News - Briefing

Date: 15/09/2016 Authors : Rachel Holmes, Katie Rigg

This was the harsh choice placed before Ms Pendleton, a Christian teacher whose husband – the Head of another school – had been convicted of making indecent images of children and of voyeurism. She knew nothing about her husband's activities until his arrest and there was no suggestion that she w...

Sexting: A change of approach News - Briefing

Date: 13/09/2016 Authors : David Smellie

Our article earlier this year set out the various ways in which children were committing criminal offences when 'sexting' either by reason of making, possessing or distributing indecent images of children under the age of 18. This criminality was more by accident than design – when the law was...

Protecting your brand: Court of Appeal orders that internet service providers must block counterfeit websites News - Briefing

Date: 09/09/2016 Authors : Michael Patrick, Alicia Mendonca

Cartier International AG and others v BskyB and others [2016] EWCA Civ 658  In July the Court of Appeal upheld a decision ordering BskyB, BT, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin (the "ISPs") to block websites selling counterfeit goods.  The case against the ISPs was brought by Cartier, Montblanc and Richemon...

Information sharing in the context of safeguarding and child protection: Scotland's Named Person Service (NPS) News - Briefing

Date: 05/09/2016 Authors : Owen O'Rorke, Katie Rigg

From 31 August this year it was intended that every child in Scotland would have a nominated individual (the 'named person') entrusted with monitoring, promoting, supporting and safeguarding the well-being of the child.  The named person would in almost all cases be a professional already well...

Off the rails: Branson v Corbyn in #traingate News - Briefing

Date: 31/08/2016 Authors : Tom Rudkin, Owen O'Rorke

As the "#traingate" juggernaut gathered pace along the tracks of political intrigue, some may have missed the ICO's announcement that it is investigating Virgin Trains' decision to release CCTV footage of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walking through carriages on the 11am from London to...

Inn the Field of Play – August 2016: Should Pep have more of a Hart? News - Briefing

Date: 30/08/2016 Authors : David Hunt

There has been a lot of recent press interest regarding Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola's alleged treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Joe Hart since their respective appointments at Manchester United and Manchester City. Mourinho is claimed to have required Schweinsteiger to train alone or wi...

News at last: the extension of IHT to UK residential property held in non-UK structures News - Briefing

Date: 22/08/2016 Authors : Debbie Pennington

It was announced in the Summer Budget 2015 that, from April 6 2017, inheritance tax (IHT) would be extended to offshore structures holding UK residential property that to date have escaped IHT entirely. On 19 August, a further consultation paper was published giving fuller details on the proposed...

Non-dom changes News - Briefing

Date: 22/08/2016 Authors : Nick Dunnell

At last, the long wait is over… but not quite. The government published a further consultation document (' con doc' ) on 19 August relating to the proposed changes to the taxation of non-doms. The con doc poses a number of specific questions but also provides a bit more detail on the future...

How to reassure and retain your EU Nationals. News - Briefing

Date: 22/08/2016 Authors : Sharmila Mehta

UK HE Institutions employ and teach huge numbers of EU Nationals. One of the side effects of the Brexit vote and the ensuing uncertainty (which is set out in detail in Elena’s recent article on immigration implications for HEI employees and students ) is the significant risk that current employee...

Understanding freedom of information compliance monitoring About us - About us

Date: 18/08/2016 Authors : Jeremy Isaacson

This interview was first published by LexisNexis, reproduced here with kind permission of the editor.  Public Law analysis: The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently announced that Trafford Council willbe monitored over the timeliness of its responses to freedom of information requests...

Immigration implications post Brexit – should academics and students take prompt action? News - Briefing

Date: 18/08/2016 Authors : Elena Hinchin, Sharmila Mehta, Russell Cohen

Since 23 June 2016, the immediate consequences of the referendum and Brexit have now become a little clearer (and we emphasise “a little”).  In this article Elena Hitchin, Associate, sets out our views on the immigration implications for academics and students.  As we all know, on 23 June 2016, i...

Competition and Markets Authority publishes report on its investigation into retail banking News - Briefing

Date: 16/08/2016 Authors : Grania Baird, Fiona Lowrie

On 9 August 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority ( CMA ) published the report of its investigation into the supply of retail banking services to personal current account ( PCA ) holders and SME customers in the UK. In relation to personal consumers the investigation focussed on PCAs...

Brexit developments in the Financial Services Sector News - Briefing

Date: 16/08/2016 Authors : Grania Baird, Fiona Lowrie

Since the result of the EU Referendum, the City has been considering the best options for the financial services sector as Britain plans to leave the EU.  There is continuing uncertainty as to what relationship the UK will have with the EU following its departure from the EU, but the importance o...

Experts in Contentious Probate Cases News - Briefing

Date: 15/08/2016 Authors : Adam Carvalho TEP

This article was first published in the August edition of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists' newsletter, reproduced here with kind permission of the editor.  Earlier this year, Henry kindly asked me to give a talk on the subject of experts in contentious probate cases....

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

Date: 12/08/2016 Authors : Maria Strauss

As has been well publicised in the media over the last week, Dame Lowell Goddard has resigned from the Inquiry on Thursday 4 August 2016 having overseen the setup of the Inquiry, its infrastructure, scope and the launch of twelve investigations on which see our earlier briefing notes  here  and ...

Buying residential property at auction: the basics News - Briefing

Date: 10/08/2016 Authors : Francesca Mouncer

Investing in UK property is an appealing prospect for many and auctions can offer a great way for developers and investors to buy properties. 

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