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Investigations: Fraud in the time of pandemic

Investigations: Fraud in the time of pandemic

August 12, 2020

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, many business have experienced massive disruption and, where possible, their workforces have been required to work remotely. With reduced scrutiny of IT systems and tools, and with a degree of detachment from typical business practices, weaknesses in remote working practices and systems are being exploited by cyber fraudsters which in turn is leading to a significant rise in fraud cases.

In the first episode of our new Investigations podcast series, Charlotte Pender is joined by Stewart Hey and Caroline Greenwell from our Fraud team to look at the problems this poses to businesses and to offer their advice and recommendations on how to best tackle such issues.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the team if you have any questions. You can find out more on our Investigations and Fraud pages.

Landed Estates and Historic Properties: Staging outdoor events

Landed Estates and Historic Properties: Staging outdoor events

August 10, 2020

We are delighted to bring you the second episode of our Landed Estates and Historic Properties podcast series. Naomi Nettleton, one of our Real Estate partners is joined by Simon Foster, a director at Savills to discuss a number of aspects with regards to staging outside events, and how things have changed recently, including:

  • New measures and legal issues for Estates dealing with outside events
  • Considerations for landowners, event organisers, and other stakeholders involved
  • Popular queries regarding how Covid-19 has affected the industry
  • Important aspects for people involved with Estates to consider going forward
Untangling the Atlantic Knot: FATCA and information exchange [bonus episode]

Untangling the Atlantic Knot: FATCA and information exchange [bonus episode]

August 10, 2020

This is the story of Chris, a Brit, and Sam from the US. In this podcast we explore issues faced by this transatlantic couple including their businesses and their assets in a US to UK, cross-border context.

Chris is a Brit.  He is the heir of a significant UK family business, specialising in high-end retail. The plan has always been for Chris to take over the family business. In preparation for Chris joining the family business, his parents have sent him to Harvard Business School, where he has been enjoying his classes and making fantastic contacts. 

In fact, he has made the ultimate contact: Sam. Sam is the child of a California real estate tycoon.  Whilst deciding what to do next, Sam has also been studying at Harvard Business School. Chris and Sam have fallen in love and want to get married. 

In each episode, we will investigate a different aspect of the transatlantic legal issues that Chris and Sam face.

Over the last 5 years, taxpayers are required to provide an increasing amount of information to tax authorities, and this information is regularly shared internationally.  FATCA also made many people realise for the first time that they are actually US persons.  In this episode, Iain Younger and Mark Summers discuss their practical experiences of the new tax reporting regimes.

Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Wills for mixed US/UK couples

Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Wills for mixed US/UK couples

August 10, 2020

This is the story of Chris, a Brit, and Sam from the US. In this podcast we explore issues faced by this transatlantic couple including their businesses and their assets in a US to UK, cross-border context.

Chris is a Brit.  He is the heir of a significant UK family business, specialising in high-end retail. The plan has always been for Chris to take over the family business. In preparation for Chris joining the family business, his parents have sent him to Harvard Business School, where he has been enjoying his classes and making fantastic contacts. 

In fact, he has made the ultimate contact: Sam.  Sam is the child of a California real estate tycoon.  Whilst deciding what to do next, Sam has also been studying at Harvard Business School. Chris and Sam have fallen in love and want to get married. 

In each episode, we will investigate a different aspect of the transatlantic legal issues that Chris and Sam face.

Before Chris and Sam “settle down”, they have decided to go on a sailing adventure.  Quite rightly, their parents are insisting that they make Wills.  But what should these say?

Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Tax reporting and compliance for US citizens living in the UK

Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Tax reporting and compliance for US citizens living in the UK

August 10, 2020

This is the story of Chris, a Brit, and Sam from the US. In this podcast we explore issues faced by this transatlantic couple including their businesses and their assets in a US to UK, cross-border context.

Chris is a Brit.  He is the heir of a significant UK family business, specialising in high-end retail. The plan has always been for Chris to take over the family business. In preparation for Chris joining the family business, his parents have sent him to Harvard Business School, where he has been enjoying his classes and making fantastic contacts. 

In fact, he has made the ultimate contact: Sam.  Sam is the child of a California real estate tycoon.  Whilst deciding what to do next, Sam has also been studying at Harvard Business School. Chris and Sam have fallen in love and want to get married. 

In each episode, we will investigate a different aspect of the transatlantic legal issues that Chris and Sam face.

Once settled in the UK, Sam quickly realises that they cannot easily escape the IRS.  As a US citizen, Sam must continue to report and pay taxes to the IRS.  But as a UK resident, Sam also needs to navigate the UK tax system.

Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Moving from the US to the UK

Untangling the Atlantic Knot: Moving from the US to the UK

August 10, 2020

This is the story of Chris, a Brit, and Sam from the US. In this podcast we explore issues faced by this transatlantic couple including their businesses and their assets in a US to UK, cross-border context.

Chris is a Brit.  He is the heir of a significant UK family business, specialising in high-end retail.  The plan has always been for Chris to take over the family business.

In preparation for Chris joining the family business, his parents have sent him to Harvard Business School, where he has been enjoying his classes and making fantastic contacts. 
In fact, he has made the ultimate contact: Sam.  Sam is the child of a California real estate tycoon.  Whilst deciding what to do next, Sam has also been studying at Harvard Business School.

Chris and Sam have fallen in love and want to get married. In each episode, we will investigate a different aspect of the transatlantic legal issues that Chris and Sam face.

In this episode, Chris and Sam have decided to move to the UK.  Sam therefore needs to investigate which immigration status will best suit them.  

Connect: Schrems II - the judgment and practical next steps for your business

Connect: Schrems II - the judgment and practical next steps for your business

August 4, 2020

On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield as a mechanism for transfer of personal data from the EU to the United States. The decision is likely to have a profound impact, particularly where personal data is transferred between the EU and the US. In this podcast, Chris Ingram, Jonathan McDonald and Olivia Crane discuss the impact of the Schrems II decision and the practical steps businesses can take to ensure all international data flows remain legally compliant.

“Holiday” listening for surveyors: what (non-COVID) news is there so far in 2020?

“Holiday” listening for surveyors: what (non-COVID) news is there so far in 2020?

August 3, 2020

There has been plenty of guidance about the changes to the property world brought about COVID-19, but there are still lots of “normal” property cases to be aware of.  In this podcast, we look at a few of the “business as usual” judgments which have been handed down so far this year.  Take a listen if you want to learn more about Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Limited (about residential landlords consenting to activities which are prohibited by the lease, e.g. alterations) or Sara & Hossein Asset Holdings v Blacks (about a commercial tenant’s challenges to its service charge).

SDLT Holiday – points to watch out for

SDLT Holiday – points to watch out for

July 29, 2020

In this episode, Laura Sheftel and Rebecca Day discuss the SDLT holiday announced by the Government on 8 July 2020, including some of the more interesting points you may not have thought about.

The New Normal: Procuring in a Pandemic

The New Normal: Procuring in a Pandemic

July 27, 2020

Paul Henty, our Head of Public Procurement, discusses recently issued guidance from HM Government on how public bodies should deal with construction projects and firms in the era of COVID-19.  Paul addresses public guidance on the provision of contractual relief to contractors, as well as the most recent guidance on the government’s plans to return contracting practices to normal as the outbreak tapers off.

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