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Covid concerns – Can the hospitality industry survive?

By Stephen McGowan There is no doubt that Scottish Government has faced exceptionally difficult challenges over the last 6 months, having to carefully balance the impact of COVID-19 on people’s health and wellbeing against various economic challenges. As the nation went into lockdown in March 2020, hospitality operators all over Scotland were faced with difficult […]

HMRC changes view of VAT treatment of early termination and compensation payments

By Mark Braude Historically, HMRC has treated many early termination and compensation payments as being outside the scope of VAT because such payments were not considered to be consideration for a supply of goods or services. However, on 2 September 2020, HMRC published revised guidance confirming that it now considers that “only where there is […]

What the FCA’s business interruption case means for your business

By Jean-Martin Louw, Stephen Rosen Small businesses have been thrown a lifeline as a result of the judgement on 15 September 2020 in the business interruption insurance test case, where the High Court ruled that some insureds will be covered for losses caused by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. We outline what the test […]

Good(ish) news for BA

By Patrick Wheeler In July 2019 the Information Commissioners Office announced an intention to fine BA £183M for infringements of the GDPR. Around 400,000 users of the BA website had been diverted to a fraudulent site where the customers’ login, payment and travel details were harvested. The breach was not discovered until 2 months later. […]

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Water (power) march! An overview of the new funding system for hydropower

By Felix Schneider, Philipp Strondl On September 16, 2020, the eagerly awaited draft of the federal law on the expansion of energy from renewable sources (Renewable Expansion Law –  EAG ) was submitted for assessment. Comments on this can only be submitted until October 28, 2020. The draft brings significant changes to the funding system for hydropower plants and is intended […]

Personal injury compensation claims – How to obtain an award appropriate to the financial implications of the injury

By Piero Mastrosimone Nobody can possibly tell when they may have the misfortune to have a serious or life-changing accident. Rarely does anyone plan their response to such an event. It goes without saying that any severe accident is devastating but an accident abroad can be overwhelming. The Association of British Insurers (ABI)  report 3,000 British […]

The ediscovery process from start to finish

Discovery, an all-too-familiar term for most legal professionals, is the litigation phase during which the parties dispute and exchange information and evidence relevant to the lawsuit. So that being said, what exactly is ediscovery? Electronic discovery, commonly known as ediscovery, is exchanging electronically stored information (ESI) during the discovery process. Discoverable ESI typically includes relevant […]

State of calamity and state of emergency

The state of emergency started in Portugal at 00.00 a.m. of 19 March, enacted through Decree of the President of the Republic no. 14-A/2020, of 18 March. Having been renewed twice through Decree no. 17-A/2020, of 2 April, and Decree no. 20-A/2020, of 17 April, the state of emergency was extended until 11:59 p.m. of […]

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Morgan Lewis promotes City duo in 25-strong round

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has made up two lawyers to partner in London, the only promotions being made by the firm outside the US. Jayne McGlynn joins the City’s corporate group having joined in 2012 from collapsed firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. She started out her career at Slaughter and May, Neil McKnight meanwhile has been […]

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