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Will the deadline for PPI claims stir the hornet's nest?

23 Aug 2019
We know from the almost daily television adverts that the deadline for consumers to make PPI claims is 29 August 2019. Payment Protection Insurance ("PPI") is a policy of insurance intended to cover repayments of certain credit products (for example: mortgages, personal loans and credit cards), upon the borrower's default.
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Opportunistic insider trading related to a personal data breach

21 Aug 2019
The recent conviction of a second Equifax executive (Jun Ying) for insider trading after the Equifax data breach in 2017, highlights concerns about the possible interplay between data breach and insider trading. In the period from detection of a data breach to its public disclosure, insiders might try to use non-public information in securities trading, cashing in on the prediction that the disclosure of a data breach will cause stock price to fall.
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The court process is not merely a rubber stamping exercise

20 Aug 2019
The High Court has refused to sanction the transfer of £11.2 billion worth of annuities from the Prudential Assurance Company (PAC) to Rothesay Life. Prior to the judgment, many viewed the court approval as a rubber stamping exercise not least because a number of hurdles had already been cleared.
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No big surprises as first ASA rulings on harmful gender stereotyping published

15 Aug 2019
The new rules prohibiting advertisements from including gender stereotypes likely to cause harm or serious or widespread offence came into effect on 14 June 2019, after a 6 month lead-in period. It applies to both broadcast and non-broadcast ads, and has been introduced as BCAP Code Rule 4.14 and CAP Code 4.9 respectively. The ASA has not been slow to take action on this issue, having just (14 August 2019) published rulings on three ads, two of which were viewed on the very day the Rules came into effect. 
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SFO corporate co-operation guidance

14 Aug 2019
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) published its much awaited corporate co-operation guidance on 6 August. Whilst the guidance delivers some much sought after clarity and should assist with accelerating investigations, there are some question marks over whether it sets the co-operation bar too high.
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The Construction VAT reverse charge – what is it actually about?

14 Aug 2019
You have probably heard about VAT changing for the construction industry later this year, but some of the information about those changes can be very complex for non-tax-experts. This article aims to give you a high-level and simplified explanation of the changes, to help you understand the basics and consider how the changes may affect you.