By Anke Holtland, Jacobine van Beijeren The Dutch Data Protection Authority published its decision last week to impose a processing ban on the Minister of Finance for the processing of Citizen Service Numbers ( BSNs ) in VAT identification numbers by the Tax Authorities. Background of the use of BSNs The Tax and Customs Administration is charged with providing VAT […]
The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which our Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets.
By Marc Wiggers, Thomas Verstraeten On 17 December 2018, the European Commission (‘Commission’) announced that it had imposed an antitrust fine of EUR 40 million on clothing company Guess for illegally restricting its resellers from using the Guess brand names and trademarks for the purposes of online search advertising and making cross-border sales of Guess […]
By Stéphanie De Smedt, Alice Boulvain. Aleksandra Sanak The EU Geo-blocking Regulation applies since 3 December 2018. It impacts many businesses that sell their goods and services online or offline across the EU, including companies offering food supplements or (over-the-counter) medicines, who now need to make sure they comply with these new rules.
By Bas Dieleman, Robin van der Ham, Laurie Kuijpers The Senate adopted the bill for the implementation of Directive 2016/2341 / EU (“IORP II”) yesterday, on 18 December 2018. The intended date for the entry into force of IORP II is 1 January 2019. The implementation of IORP II leads to various changes to the […]
In a significant decision, HMRC v Inverclyde Property Renovation LLP and Clackmannanshire Regeneration LLP  UKUT 0161 (TCC), the Upper Tribunal has upheld HMRC’s powers to issue a notice and commence an enquiry into returns submitted by a limited liability partnership (LLP).
A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.
Andrew Dinsmore recently appeared for successful shipowners in a s. 69 application concerning the prevention principle and the requirement to give notice or communicate to move the Delivery Date under the SAJ Form.
Key points: HSE receives 10% increase in its budget to support employers in ensuring a safe return to work Government guidance advises businesses to publish Coronavirus Risk Assessment on their website, with businesses who have over 50 workers “expected to do so” HSE will do spot inspections of workplaces to ensure employees are working safely […]
The governments of Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey have created payroll co-funding/subsidy schemes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The rules and eligibility criteria are different in each jurisdiction, as are the laws on furlough, variation of terms, redundancy and collective consultation. In this advisory, we have sought to help businesses with employees in one or more of these jurisdictions to understand the nuances and distinctions that exist under the respective laws.
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World Cup of Chambers The final is entering its last few hours – there’s still time to vote here. Below are a few of the lengths that finalists St John’s Buildings and Pump Court Chambers have gone to in order to win your vote, plus a few of our other favourite Tweets from the final. […]
Firms’ post-pandemic visions are already diverging “We won’t ever go back to how we worked before Covid” – the message from Slater & Gordon, which will leave its current London office for a much smaller one when its lease expires this autumn. The firm will rely much more on remote working in the future. Contrast […]
It was during a jog to Hogan Lovells’ deserted HQ that the magnitude of the current situation hit home for Michael Davison, who starts as deputy CEO at the transatlantic outfit this summer. “It’s going to be unbelievably fiddly getting people back,” says Davison, “the biggest challenge is how and when we think they will […]
Nicholas Plant, Dentons Last month saw the sale of Imperial Brands’ premium cigar business, including a number of its most famous Cuban cigars, to two entities backed by private equity investors. Asides from the inevitable challenges brought about by Covid-19, a series of hoops needed to be jumped through to get the deal over the […]
Pinsent Masons is set to stagger working hours and break times for employees that are returning to the office, however, encouraging UK staff to work from home still forms the “backbone” of the firm’s response to Covid-19. For the past month, a tailored taskforce has been looking at how Pinsents can reopen its offices on […]
DWF’s longtime leader Andrew Leaitherland is passing on the baton as the firm’s CEO, after leading for more than two decades and taking it from a national entity to a listed business. As part of the change, Leaitherland will also renounce his role as managing the firm’s two LLPs contained within the DWF brand. The […]