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By Aravind Swaminathan and Tara McGraw Swaminatha The New York Times recently reported that an organised Russian criminal group stole approximately 1.2 billion username and password credentials associated with more than 500 million email addresses from hundreds of thousands of websites around the world. The article notes that the hackers used a large botnet (a […]

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In autumn 2011, Thailand suffered severe floods. Among the properties damaged were shops and distribution centres owed by a subsidiary of Tesco. Tesco was insured against property damage and BI losses in Thailand under a master global policy issued by ACE European Group and under a local policy issued in Thailand by ACE INA. The […]

IRS implements sweeping changes to Circular 230: key points for practitioners

By Diana L Erbsen and Michael J Scarduzio Final Circular 230 regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on 9 June are now in effect, implementing sweeping changes to the governing practice standards for attorneys and other practitioners practising before the IRS. In large part, the IRS has adopted the proposed regulations (REG-138367-06) published on 17 […]

Joining AIM: a field guide for applicants to AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange

AIM, a market of the London Stock Exchange, is the world’s premier market for smaller growing companies. AIM serves as a mechanism for companies seeking access to capital to realise their growth and innovation potential. It plays a vital role in the funding environment for small and medium-sized enterprises as they develop their businesses. Since […]

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Medicinal Cannabis: What the Nation Needs?

David Hardstaff and Ami Amin discuss an in-depth report on policy developments in the UK by the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (the CDPRG) In Part A: why is it still so hard for patients to access the drugs they need? On 23 April 2020, the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG) published Part A […]

Approval of liquidator’s remuneration: a tale of two reporters

A recent Sheriff Court judgment is the latest decision to consider the role and remit of the court reporter in a liquidation which, unusually, involved the court appointing two reporters. In Scotland, the Insolvency (Scotland) (Receivership and Winding Up) Rules 2018 provide that where there is no creditors committee, the remuneration of a liquidator shall […]

Variation to an office lease to allow use as a private members’ club

The Upper Tribunal has allowed a variation to a lease that restricted the use of a property to office use (with minor residential use) so that the tenant could implement a planning permission to convert the property into a private members’ club. Background A user clause in a lease is a restrictive covenant. If the […]

Tax now payable much sooner following a disposal of residential property

From 6 April 2020 significant changes will be made to the deadline for paying capital gains tax (CGT) and filing tax returns in respect of disposals by individuals and trusts of UK residential property. Taxpayers and advisers need to be aware of these changes now. UK property disposals prior to 6 April 2020 Previously, UK […]

Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]

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