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Giving with one hand and taking with the other: HMRC responds to European Court’s rulings on VAT recovery for pension schemes

Giving with one hand and taking with the other: HMRC responds to European Court’s rulings on VAT recovery for pension schemes

On 25 November 2014, HMRC issued its long-awaited response to the decisions in PPG Holdings[1] and ATP Pension Services[2] in the form of Revenue and Customs Briefs 43 (2014) and 44 (2014). In the latest instalment of this long-running VAT recovery saga, HMRC seems to have opened the door to ... Read More »

Changes to trading disclosure requirements

Changes to trading disclosure requirements

Following the UK Government’s Red Tape Challenge, The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2015 (the Regulations) came into force on 31 January 2015, revoking and replacing the current regulations relating to company and LLP names and trading disclosures. The Regulations introduce modifications relating to ... Read More »

Fed circuit reverses willful infringement finding

Fed circuit reverses willful infringement finding

The Federal Circuit on Friday issued an opinion that struck a judge’s finding of willful infringement and the corresponding award of triple damages in Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. (No. 13-1668). The Court concluded that the defendants’ defenses were not objectively unreasonable, even though they were unsuccessful at trial. Chief ... Read More »

Revisions to the Walker Guidelines

Revisions to the Walker Guidelines

In response to calls for greater transparency within the private equity industry in the UK, Sir David Walker headed the creation of what has become known as the Walker Guidelines (the Guidelines). Published in November 2007, the Guidelines request, inter alia, that Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorised private equity firms ... Read More »

Revisions to the UK Code

Revisions to the UK Code

The Financial Reporting Council (the FRC) is the gatekeeper for the standards of corporate governance for the largest listed companies on the London market.   The FRC regularly reviews and refreshes the UK Corporate Governance Code (the UK Code) and has done so again recently.   The September 2014 revision of the ... Read More »

“Boop oop a doop” – the Betty Boop case and the potential to infringe a trade mark registration comprising a word by the use of an image

“Boop oop a doop” – the Betty Boop case and the potential to infringe a trade mark registration comprising a word by the use of an image

The Law Reports are littered with examples of failures by celebrities and the owners of well-known fictional characters to prevent third parties using their images, or the images of those fictional characters, on merchandise. Examples of well-known “losers” include Tarzan, the rock band Linkin Park, the pop group Abba, the ... Read More »

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