One Essex Court launches YouTube channel

May 26 2020

One Essex Court is pleased to announce the launch of its new YouTube channel, which can be accessed here. The channel will host recordings of webinars conducted by members of Chambers, which will also be available to view via the new Webinars page on the One Essex Court website: https://www.oeclaw.co.uk/seminars/webinars. For those wishing to receive notifications in relation to new content as it is...

HMRC Defeats Arrangement to Obtain £36 million Corporation Tax Relief

May 14 2020

In Union Castle Steamship Ltd v HMRC [2020] EWCA Civ 547, a lead case, the Court of Appeal reached a fundamental decision on the relationship between taxation and accounting profits.  In upholding the Upper Tribunal’s decision ([UKUT] 316) that a DOTAS registered, marketed tax avoidance scheme was ineffective, the Court of Appeal dismissed Union Castle’s claim that the issue of shares,...

Force Majeure Clauses and COVID-19

May 04 2020

Jamie Goldsmith QC, James Fox and Ben Zelenka Martin have written a note about the operation of force majeure clauses in the context of COVID-19. It explores: (i) the circumstances in which a party might be able to rely on a force majeure provision; (ii) the impact of COVID-induced supply constraints; and (iii) whether deposits and advance payments would have to be repaid in the event of force majeure....

David Wolfson QC and Richard Mott win significant hearing on the scope of without prejudice privilege and its exceptions, in a judgment of general importance to practitioners

May 04 2020

In his judgment in Berkeley Square Holdings & Ors v Lancer Property Asset Management Ltd & Ors, Roth J has provided important clarification of the scope of three separate exceptions to without prejudice privilege, including one which has never previously been applied in England, and another for which the legal basis has been notoriously unclear. The underlying facts concern a London property...