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Trust registration service - what trustees need to know

In line with the current transparency agenda in the financial sector, and in compliance with EU regulations, HMRC has introduced a trusts register which will record all UK and non-UK trusts that have a UK tax liability.

Market Arbitrators: A thing of the past?

In light of the recent decision in Tonicstar Ltd v Allianz Insurance Plc and Sirius International Insurance Corporation [2017] EWHC 2753 (Comm) ("Tonicstar"), insurance and reinsurance companies expecting their disputes to be determined with input from at least one industry arbitrator should review their arbitration clauses without delay.

Office of National Statistics reports fraud on the rise

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently published its latest annual bulletin on crime in England and Wales.

Poisoning of the mind: a tale of sisterly disharmony (Christodoulides v Marcou)

In the recent case of Christodoulides v Marcou the High Court refused permission to appeal against the first instance decision that a will was invalid by reason of ‘fraudulent calumny’, a rarely successful ground on which to challenge a will.

Inside IP: Protection of TV formats as copyright works

Format right disputes rarely end up in court but a recent decision of the High Court has provided some useful clarification that TV formats may be protected by copyright as dramatic works if particular criteria are met.

"Dishonesty" at the cutting edge: Supreme Court overrules Ghosh

In Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67 (Ivey), the Supreme Court revisited the test for dishonesty that has been applied in criminal cases for more than 30 years.

Iraq and Kurdistan - a sanctions update

In a referendum held on 25 September 2017, the people of the self-governing Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence.

Updated guidance on reporting requirements: modern slavery and payment practices

The Government has recently issued updated guidance to businesses that are required to produce modern slavery statements and to report on their payment practices.

Inside IP: Shape trade marks for London black cabs lack distinctive character

Following its decision earlier this year that the shape of one of the UK's best-selling chocolate bars, KitKat, did not have the necessary acquired distinctiveness to qualify for protection as a trade mark, the Court of Appeal has reached the same conclusion on the shape of another iconic UK product, the London black cab.

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill will receive its first significant parliamentary scrutiny on 1 November 2017. The purpose of the Bill is to enable the UK to implement sanctions after Brexit.

A new wave of money-laundering measures: Super SARs, moratorium periods and further information orders

The next raft of provisions from the Criminal Finances Act 2017 (CFA) have come into effect today, 31 October 2017.

Financial Stability Board report on cyber security risks to businesses in the financial sector

The FSB, an international organisation that monitors and makes recommendations about the global financial system, has published a report on financial sector cyber security following the results of a "stocktake".

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Iran: Sanctions Update

Following heightened tensions in recent months between Washington and Iran, President Trump has now ended speculation over his stance towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

City of London announces plans for new Fraud and Cybercrime Court

On 9 October plans were announced regarding the proposed development of a new, state-of-the-art court centre that will specialise in cybercrime and fraud cases and be based in the heart of the City of London.

Update: ENRC heading to the Court of Appeal

The Order of Lord Justice Floyd, made available yesterday, confirms that ENRC have been granted permission to appeal the decision of Mrs Justice Andrews in Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd [2017] EWHC 1017.

Focus on Gender Pay Reporting A Guide for Employers

Men are, on average, paid more than women - the overall gap currently stands at around 19%. This disparity is due to a number of factors, some of which are outside the control of individual employers.

The Criminal Finances Act: what new corporate tax evasion offences mean for corporates and football clubs

From 30 September 2017, two new corporate tax evasion offences come into effect.

Non-dom tax changes: The Government publishes draft legislation to form Finance Bill 2018

After last week's publication of the final Finance Bill for 2017, which had been interrupted by the snap election, the Government has published draft legislation to form the Finance Bill 2018.

Countdown to 2017: Clarity on non-dom tax changes

We have been monitoring closely the government's proposals to: Treat non-UK domiciled individuals as UK domiciled for all tax purposes once they have been resident in the UK for 15 of the previous 20 tax years;