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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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Roger Smith, the Law Society’s director of legal education and training, responds to The Lawyer’s article on 5 February, “Confusion as LPC ratings are published before completion” The fruits of a comprehensive review of the Law Society’s training strategy agreed by its council two years ago are now becoming apparent. One example of this was […]

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CWC in treble debt recovery win

South West firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke (CWC) has scooped three new contracts for debt recovery work. NatWest Bank, RAC and Mobil Gas Marketing UK, part of the Exxon group, have each appointed the firm to carry out their debt recovery work. Based at Bridgwater in Somerset, CWC’s debt recovery unit has doubled in size […]

Rail lawyer joins Cripps Harries Hall

A former deputy director for the Office of the Rail Regulator has joined Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall as a corporate partner. Stephen Williams was a property partner at Linklaters & Alliance between 1988 and 1999, during which time he worked on the British Rail privatisation. He subsequently joined US real estate company ProLogis Trust […]

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