March 2017 Archive

Planning permission and copyright infringement: a cautionary tale

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The recent case of Signature Realty Ltd v Fortis Developments Ltd & Anor highlights the caution that developers should take when acquiring a site with planning permission. The case confirmed that copyright protection applies to architects' drawings. More …

DWP Consultation on the "Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes" February 2017

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This "green paper" has three important themes in relation to DB pensions. The DWP is seeking views from the pensions community to see how these three aims can be met in order to secure the retirement incomes of current and future pensioners. More …

Public sector focus - an analysis of the decision of the Supreme Court in the Brewster case.

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The case centres around use of nomination forms in the context of unmarried partners – the issue was whether the nomination form requirement (which did not apply to spouses or civil partners) could be objectively justified. More …

Changes to the tax rules

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At the 2014 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced sweeping changes to the tax rules applying when an individual decides to access money purchase pension savings. More …

Public sector pension reform

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There have been two recent Employment Tribunal cases in which the Tribunal had to decide whether transitional provisions attached to reforms of a judicial pension scheme. More …

The extension of corporate criminal liability for economic crime: consultation closes 31 March 2017

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Under the common law, whenever proof of criminal intent is required, corporate criminal liability for economic crime involves application of the identification doctrine. More …

Government acts to restrict QROPS transfers

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The headline measure is to place a 25% tax charge on a QROPS transfer, where a member asks for a transfer on or after 9 March this year. More …

The importance of copyright licences

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A Copyright licence is required to show copyrighted material such as films and TV programmes in public. Make sure your company is covered by the correct licence to avoid costly legal proceedings. More …

Deferred Prosecution Agreements: whose bargain?

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Tesco PLC has announced that its subsidiary, Tesco Stores Limited, has in principle reached a Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding historic false accounting practices. More …

Landlords' consent: when can landlords refuse for fear of enfranchisement?

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A recent case has updated the law on refusing consent (to assign, sublet, change use etc) on the basis that the tenant might acquire the freehold: it will be harder to do so in some modern leases. And the judgment also shows surveyor witnesses how not to deal with a trial… More …