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'World first' marine insurance blockchain platform welcomed

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 17:33
The launch of a 'world first' marine insurance blockchain platform shows that the insurance industry is moving the technology "from hype into reality", an expert has said.

Private company governance principles published for consultation

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:16
A draft corporate governance code for privately-run companies, made up of six high-level principles, has been published for consultation by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

Construction services will become subject to UK VAT reverse charge from October 2019

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:58
From 1st October 2019 a VAT reverse charge will apply in the UK to supplies of construction services, meaning 100,000 to 150,000 businesses in the construction and building sectors will have to change their accounting systems. Draft regulations have been published for consultation setting out the details.

Appeal court restores public sector pensions investment guidance

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:43
The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the government in a legal challenge to its guidance preventing the local government pension scheme (LGPS) from pursuing boycotts as part of its investment strategy.

PSD2: no cross-checking on consent needed, says EBA

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:35
Banks do not need to check whether their customers have given other companies permission to access information from their payment accounts under EU payment services laws, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has confirmed.

Service level standards set to be stipulated for UK banks

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:18
Major financial institutions in the UK are set to face new minimum requirements on the level of service they provide under plans being drawn up at the Bank of England.

CIS gross payment can be cancelled without considering effect on taxpayer

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:59
The UK's HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) could cancel a company's gross payment status for the purposes of the construction industry scheme (CIS) without considering whether it would have a seriously detrimental effect on the company, the Supreme Court has decided. 

Contractors may be entitled to pensions after Pimlico decision

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:01
Employers which engage self-employed contractors should check contracts carefully and consider whether individuals should be entitled to a workplace pension following a recent Supreme Court decision, an expert has said.

Supreme Court restores avoidance finding in Project Blue SDLT case

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:57
A stamp duty land tax (SDLT) claim by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in connection with the purchase of the former Chelsea Barracks in London, worth a potential £50 million, has been restored by the UK Supreme Court.

New EU R&D programme could be open to post-Brexit UK

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:13
The UK might be allowed to participate in the EU's science and innovation research funding programme despite leaving the EU.

Lords call for immediate reform of post-school education system

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:04
A House of Lords committee has said the UK’s post-school education system is failing students and requires immediate reform.

MEPs push for US ultimatum on the Privacy Shield

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:55
A committee of MEPs is pushing for an ultimatum to be served on the US government to strengthen the safeguards provided for in the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Yahoo fine highlights issue of intra-group data processing compliance

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:20
ANALYSIS: The EU-based arms of major international businesses must have contracts in place with other group companies where those other companies carry out the processing of personal data on their behalf.

MPs reject House of Lords EU Withdrawal Bill amendments

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:19
MPs in the House of Commons have rejected a series of proposed amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill following reported concessions by the government.

Website blocking order costs not for ISPs to meet, rules UK court

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:48
Internet service providers (ISPs) will not generally be responsible for picking up the costs of implementing court orders to block customers' access to websites that infringe intellectual property (IP) rights, according to the UK's highest court.

Supreme Court: 'self-employed' plumber was worker

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:18
A plumber engaged as an "independent contractor" by a London firm was a 'worker', entitled to bring certain employment law claims against the company, the UK's highest court has ruled.

Climate change losses will continue to grow, Lloyd's warns

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:15
Potential economic losses from climate change and extreme weather events will continue to grow in the world's largest cities, which are already facing an estimated annual average loss of $123 billion, according to a new report.

US net neutrality rules cease to apply

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:57
US net neutrality rules have ceased to have effect.

Prosecutions for white collar crime continue to fall

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:40
A lack of resources for police and prosecutors and the international focus of regulators could be contributing to the falling number of prosecutions for white collar crime in England and Wales, according to international law firm Pinsent Masons.

EU court backs Louboutin and 'hybrid' trade marks

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:07
Fashion brands will welcome a new ruling by the EU's highest court in a case involving luxury shoe manufacturer Louboutin, a specialist in trade mark law has said.