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Excise Duties: 2020 State Budget (SB) Proposal

Alcohol and alcoholic beverages – Rates applicable in the Autonomous Region of Madeira The SB Proposal changes the tax rate applicable to spirits declared for consumption in the Autonomous Region of Madeira from EUR 1, 237.58/hl to EUR 1,241.29/hl. Soft Drinks – Rates The SB Proposal increases the rates applicable to soft drinks, excluding drinks […]

Brexit and other tax implications

By Samuel Fernandes de Almeida The United Kingdom ceased to be a Member State of the Union as of 30 January 2020, so the question arises as to the applicability of many other provisions contained in Portuguese domestic law. On the 30th of January, the United Kingdom ceased to be a member state of the […]

Coronavirus – A bug coming to your workplace soon?

By Kevin McCavish The inevitable has happened. Coronavirus has arrived in London with the first patient being diagnosed yesterday. This brings the total number of those infected in the UK by Covid-19, the official name given to the coronavirus by the World Health Organisation, to 9. In Brighton, where two GP surgeries have already closed […]

Natasha’s Law – New rules on food labelling

By Joanne Sear, CJ Ntsiu We look at the new rules on food labelling coming into force next year, and when additional information will have to be provided, particularly in relation to allergens. Background In 2016, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse suffered a severe allergic reaction after eating sesame seeds in a baguette purchased from a high street […]

Warning for Insolvency Practitioners dealing with personal data

By Lynsey Robinson The FCA, ICO and FSCS have released a statement warning licensed Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) and FCA-authorised firms to be responsible when dealing with personal data. The statement highlights concerns about IPs/ authorised firms unlawfully selling personal client data to claims management companies (CMC) when acting on administrations. Under Data Protection legislation, consideration […]

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Pension review deadline looms

The Law Society is urging firms which were involved in pensions transfers and opt-outs to ensure they meet the interim end of year deadline to review such cases. The firms are required by the SIB to investigate such cases following the pensions debacle where large numbers of clients were wrongly advised to transfer or opt […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Caroline May

Caroline May is head of the environmental unit at Lawrence Graham, London. Born in 1962, she now lives in Hertfordshire. What was your first job? Shop assistant, M62 motorway services. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £7,000, as an articled clerk, 1985. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a […]

IBA puts rights on global agenda

HUMAN rights will no longer be left to the “whim” of individual countries as law becomes more supranational, says the president of the International Bar Association, Professor Ross Harper. Speaking at last week’s launch of the IBA’s human rights institute, Harper said that the importance of supranational courts “cannot be overemphasised”. He added that all […]

Jurors urged to blow whistle on racists

THE LORD Chancellor is being pressed to adopt radical measures by the Society of Black Lawyers to safeguard black defendants from the views of racist jurors. A report published by the SBL last week called for jurors to complain about any colleagues who expressed racist views. If the judge refused to take the complaint seriously, […]

Teams line up in Welsh Water's bid for Swalec

Slaughter and May and Herbert Smith were in pole position in the £872 million Welsh Water bid for Welsh regional electricity company Swalec. The bid was delayed to coincide with the latest valuation of the National Grid. Swalec is one of the 12 regional electricity company (REC) shareholders in the grid, the sale of which […]

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