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Diverse Communities Have Diverse Business Methods – But English Law Is Supreme!

In a diverse society, close-knit minority communities often have their own distinctive ways of doing business. However, as a man engaged in the unauthorised and potentially dangerous refilling of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) canisters discovered to his cost, in England, the full force of English law applies. In common with other legitimate LPG suppliers, the owner...

Brexit Fallout – Major British Insurer to Re-Register as European Company

In a telling sign of the times in the wake of the Brexit vote, a major English insurance company has received the High Court’s blessing to its proposal to transform itself into a European company – a Societas Europaea (SA). The insurer, which has several offices in British cities, as well as in Europe and the Far East, was registered in England and Wales in...

High Court Blocks Lebanese Arbitration as a Waste of Time and Money

Coinciding court and arbitration proceedings, dealing with similar or identical issues but in different jurisdictions, can often be oppressive and amount to a waste of time and money. The High Court found as much in a case concerning a family dispute in respect of a large Middle Eastern engineering and construction company. After a wealthy founding shareholder...

Fairness to Creditors – Court of Appeal Blocks Finance Company CVA

Company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) are a vital means of ensuring orderly management of corporate insolvencies – but what happens if a late claim emerges that fundamentally upsets the balance of fairness between creditors? The Court of Appeal considered that issue in a guideline case. The case concerned a company that was a major player in financial markets...

Claims Handling Company Fined £553,000 for Regulatory Breaches

Repetitive and unsolicited telephone calls offering help in obtaining compensation for missold payment protection insurance (PPI) are viewed by many as something of a modern plague. However, as one case showed, regulators are getting to grips with the problem. The case concerned a PPI claims handling company that had been the subject of a formal investigation by...

Contract of Service or Contract for Services? Tax Tribunal Gives Guidance

The distinction between contracts of service and contracts for services may appear a fine one, but it can have crucial tax implications. The point was made by one case in which a company through which an IT expert provided his services succeeded in overturning substantial Income Tax (IT) and National Insurance (NI) demands. The company provided the expert’s...