Author Archives: Christopher Wilsher

New regulation supports businesses using online platforms to trade

On 12 July 2020, the P2B Regulation (Regulation 2019/1150 on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services) became applicable in the UK. The Regulation is aimed at online marketplaces and search engines and their dealings with …

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Competition & Markets Authority takes action against unfair practices arising from Coronavirus

In March 2020, the CMA established a dedicated COVID-19 taskforce to identify, monitor and respond to competition and consumer concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the task force has already been contacted more than 80,000 times. The CMA has …

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HMRC starts to investigate furlough abuse, & property businesses are a target

HMRC has started investigating employers it suspects of abusing the furlough scheme and property and construction businesses are firmly in its sights. Investigations are focused on businesses that deliberately or inadvertently allowed staff to work whilst on furlough and are …

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DOUBLE HATTING: DUTY TO DISCLOSE TIES BETWEEN ARBITRATORS AND EXPERTS IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

Introduction An arbitrator’s failure to disclose a professional relationship with an expert witness led an ICSID ad hoc committee (the “Annulment Committee”) on 11 June 2020 to issue a unanimous decision to annul a €128 million award against Spain in …

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Material Adverse Change Clauses in the Time of COVID-19

Material adverse change clauses (“MAC clauses”) are common in finance and acquisition agreements and are designed to address changes in the circumstances of one of the parties (usually the borrower or target business). For acquisitions, a MAC clause allows a …

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English Court of Appeal finds that the Arbitration Act s.44(2)(a) applies to third-parties

In the context of a New York arbitration, the decision in A and B v C, D and E [2020] EWCA Civ 409 concerned an application to the English court for an order under s.44(2)(a) of the Arbitration Act 1996 …

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Covid-19 and the regulators

As we begin to emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, in this webinar the team discuss: The impact of the Pandemic on SMCR and whether things will return to normal or to a new normal post lockdown. The latest guidance to …

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Coronavirus – Job Retention Bonus provides important lifeline for employers

Yesterday, 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced a number of measures to help the UK weather the financial storm our economy is facing. Whilst perhaps for those who are fed up ‘eating in’ the most eye-catching is half price restaurant …

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Coronavirus and cancelled flights: refund or vouchers?

Many airlines are refusing to give refunds for flights cancelled due to the pandemic and their dire financial position and are offering vouchers instead, resulting in various national institutions enacting specific legislation to deal with this and action by consumer …

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CB graduate recruitment deferred until March 2021

Due to the market uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we have taken the unfortunate decision to defer graduate recruitment for 2021/2022.  We will not be accepting any further applications for training contracts for September 2021 or September 2022. Should you wish …

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