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What tax changes might L-day bring?

20 July is 'L-day' – the day on which the government publishes the first draft of legislation to be included in the finance bill 2022-23.

Protecting your brand in the metaverse: top 10 issues for brand owners to consider

In 28 October 2021 Facebook rebranded as Meta, with the aspiration "to be seen as a metaverse company". Since then, there's been a significant buzz about the metaverse – the "next chapter of the internet", according to Mark Zuckerberg.

Post-termination non-compete clauses in B2B agreements: what's the Court of Appeal up to?

The challenge for a business when drafting a restrictive covenant is that if it seeks to constrain the other party's freedom to operate too much or for too long in the interests of protecting its own business, the courts may refuse to enforce the restriction. Two recent Court of Appeal rulings highlight some of the hazards in relation to post-termination non-compete obligations in B2B agreements.

The ever-expanding world of corporate sustainability reporting

The EU continues to beat a path to a more sustainable future. Nothing too new there, perhaps, but it is increasingly determined to bring the rest of the world along with it. It first proposed a directive on corporate sustainability reporting ("CSRD") in February 2021, which when proposed caused a stir for the significant expansion of non-financial information obligations on non-listed corporates. 

Tribunal publishes first detailed decision on salaried members rules

The salaried members rules were introduced in 2014 to counter situations where UK limited liability partnerships (LLPs) were avoiding employment taxes by making junior workers members (rather than employees) without bearing the risks, rewards and responsibilities typically associated with partnership. Under the rules, members of an LLP are treated as  employees for tax purposes, unless one of three exclusions apply.

The Government's next steps in the reform of the private rental sector, and the end of the assured shorthold tenancy

The Government's 2017 white paper "Fixing our broken housing market" contained a number of proposals for improving the private rental sector ("PRS") for renters. In the 6 weeks since the Queen's Speech in May this year, there have been indications that some of these ideas will be taken forwards, including: changes in the way that "contractual controls" are registered at HM Land Registry, the introduction of minimum standards for housing in the PRS, and the abolition of both the section 21 method of obtaining vacant possession and the assured shorthold tenancy.

Material adverse change clauses: play to the whistle

The High Court recently considered whether the delay to the Premier League season caused by the first COVID-19 lockdown triggered a material adverse change clause (commonly known as a MAC clause) in contracts for broadcasting rights. In this briefing we look at how this compares with previous cases on MAC clauses and what the lessons are when drafting such provisions.

UK data protection reform: a taste of what's ahead

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has recently published its response to the consultation on data protection reform (which we previously wrote about here). For those disappointed by the lack of detail in the Queen's Speech on the Data Reform Bill, this response provides a clearer picture of UK data protection reforms to come – which measures the UK Government is taking forward, which it is dropping and which it needs to consider further. For the detail, we'll need to wait for the text of the draft Bill itself.

BEPS Pillar Two GloBE Rules

The two-pillar corporate tax reform plan forms part of the OECD's project tackling base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). Whilst Pillar One – which aims to align taxing rights more closely with the location of customers – will only apply initially to MNEs with annual global turnover above €20bn, Pillar Two is expected to have a wider impact on businesses.

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