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Pension transfers may result in Inheritance Tax Charge

By Dominic Cole Citywire has commented on the Court of Appeal decision of HMRC v Parry & Ors where the appellant argued that a lifetime pension scheme transfer was not a transfer of value for Inheritance Tax purposes. HMRC won on the contention that it was. The Court of Appeal also agreed with HMRC’s assertion that […]

China’s Supreme Court rules blockchain records as admissible legal evidence

By Imogen Jones In September 2018, China’s Supreme Court ruled blockchain records as admissible legal evidence. The Internet Courts in China can now use blockchain records to settle internet related legal disputes. If the relevant parties collect and store their data via blockchain, with digital signatures, reliable time stamps and hash value verification or via a digital […]

Impact of DSARs in the GDPR Era

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect this past May, there has been a significant uptick in the number of data subject access requests (DSARs). Due to these regulatory changes, along with steep fines and shorter deadlines to complete requests, the compliance burden on organizations has to be taken seriously. To effectively […]

British Virgin Islands introduces the Micro Business Companies Act

By Alan Hughes As a leading oÂshore Ênancial center and in keeping with its constant drive toward the development and implementation of robust, modern and progressive corporate products, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has recently introduced the Micro Business Companies Act (the “MBC Act”) – bespoke and innovative legislation designed speciÊcally toward developing and supporting the […]

Court’s guidance on identifying a firm’s centre of interests

By Duncan Lole, Gawain Moore, Geoff Cunningham In the recent case of Re Videology Ltd, the English High Court considered the factors relevant for determining a company’s centre of main interests (or COMI) and whether it had an establishment in a foreign jurisdiction for the purposes of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. Walker Morris insolvency experts, Duncan […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna client gets what it really really wants

CMS Cameron McKenna is celebrating victory against the Spice Girls in a dispute over a failed sponsorship deal. High Court judge Mrs Justice Arden ruled last Wednesday that the Spice Girls had been guilty of “unintentional misrepresentation” when they failed to inform Italian scooter manufacturer Asprilia SpA of Geri Halliwell’s departure from the band. Asprilia, […]

Linklaters debates retirement policy

Linklaters and its alliance partners are locked in a series of talks to thrash out a common retirement age following merger. But chief executive Terence Kyle says the merged practice is most likely to adopt the UK firm’s mandatory age of 65 “because it seems to be pretty universal throughout industry, not just in law […]

Gomez-Acebo plans to open in London

The 20-partner firm has set a June deadline for establishing a small City presence, to be jointly funded with its two new allies. Gomez-Acebo’s new allies are 45-lawyer Lisbon firm Viera de Almeida and Brazil’s biggest firm Pinhero Neto. The three firms have agreed to a formal and exclusive alliance with each other. The London […]

Barclays plans law panel cull

Barclays Bank is planning another cull of its law firm panel. The high street bank is reviewing its main panel of legal advisers and also plans to cut the number of other law firms it instructs. The only external legal advisers that will not be scrutinised are the ones on the bank’s corporate recovery panel, […]

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