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Latest Legal News

Latest Legal News

St Andrews Gowns Won’t Fly South This Winter

A rare decision on the operation of jurisdiction rules between England and Scotland has just been issued by the Court of Session in Edinburgh. In it The University of St Andrews was found to be entitled to pursue proceedings in Scotland against a company alleged to have infringed its trade marks in student gowns. In his written opinion (which can be accessed here), Lord Doherty rejected arguments made by Student Gowns Limited, that the case should be heard in England.

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Taxation of off-payroll working in the private sector

From 6 April 2020, a law will come into effect which will potentially impose further tax collecting burdens on all but the smallest businesses.

Businesses currently collect tax for their employees and remit that to HMRC via payroll system. But this new tax legislation will create new duties on businesses over a certain size to decide the tax status of non-employed workers where personal services are provided via personal service companies (“PSCs”).

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Big players are testing the law and pushing boundaries

We all know it has been a challenging time in the retail market, but from the view of a property disputes lawyer it is interesting to see recent developments reported in the news from some of the biggest names in the industry.

John Lewis – irritating landlords?

It recently emerged that John Lewis were taking the somewhat unusual (or drastic!) step to refuse to pay 20% of the latest quarter’s service charge on some of their properties.

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