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The meaning of occupation in the context of business rates

By Sophie Tracey, Lucy Shepherd In a decision that will be welcomed by property owners, a recent case has considered the meaning of ‘occupation’ in the context of business rates and has decided that the motivation for occupation is not relevant. Background Principled Offsite Logistics Ltd (POLL) applied for judicial review to challenge a local authority’s […]

Overage provisions helping landowners to ensure a fair price for its land

By Bhavesh Amlani, Michael Callaghan Overage provisions are a common feature of the development landscape, helping to ensure that a landowner receives a “fair” price for its land. Introduction Overage provisions give a landowner the right to receive a future payment following the sale of the property if the developer enhances the value of that property. […]

Luxembourg legitimising and embracing blockchain technology

By Bertrand Geradin What is the new securities law about? Since Bitcoin’s blockchain technology entered the mainstream, the crypto-currency market has boomed at an incredible rate. Blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin – has the power to disrupt many industries, and in particular to revolutionize the security of ownership. Luxembourg has opted to […]

CJEU allows full deduction of VAT on aborted transactions

VAT on abort costs in case of an unsuccessful takeover bid is deductible, provided the buyer intended to supply management services for consideration to the target company. This was ruled by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in the Ryanair case (C-249/17) issued on 17 October 2018. Facts of the case Ryanair […]

Legal compliance matters to consider for E-Commerce market

By Jocelyn S Paulley The barriers to entry to the world of retail have reduced significantly with the rise of e-commerce. This is not a single route to market as the e-commerce world has developed its own structures, such as selling through aggregators, platforms, highly curated markets, as well as simply through a brand’s own […]

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CC beefs up China offering with swathe of hires

Clifford Chance has moved to strengthen its Asian corporate practice with the recruitment of five Hong Kong-based associates. The recruits come from a range of firms, including local, Australian and US firms, and are admitted in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan and New York. The firms recruited from include US firms Jones Day and […]

Wilsons sued to tune of £100m over land lease negligence

Private client firm Wilsons has become embroiled in a £100m lawsuit brought by the Earl of Malmesbury in a dispute over the value of a lease. Salisbury-based Wilsons, a 28-partner firm specialising in private client and property work, is accused of negligently drafting a lease for 12 acres of land rented by Bournemouth International Airport. […]

Taylor Wessing nets Merril Lynch counsel

Taylor Wessing has hired the senior counsel of Merrill Lynch’s European global private client business. Clive Cunningham joined Taylor Wessing as a partner in its corporate team last week (beginning 6 November). Cunningham specialises in the financial services, banking and funds sectors. He is the third significant hire for Taylor Wessing in four months. In […]

Cloth Fair begs for an end to hourly rates

New criminal set Cloth Fair Chambers has begun talks with public funders such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to scrap hourly rates for publicly funded work. The set has been launched to focus on high-value crime and fraud work, but its seven QC members have regularly prosecuted and defended on publicly funded cases. “The […]

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