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The law never stands still, and the way it applies to you and your organisation is constantly evolving. Our people are on top of these developments and can keep you up to date with some of the most interesting aspects of these changes. Check out our articles and updates for our perspective on issues that might affect you.

Latest articles from Jamie Watt

  • What will the end of Brexit mean in practice for UK businesses trading internationally in the EU and beyond?

    What will the end of Brexit mean in practice for UK businesses trading internationally in the EU and beyond?

    On 31 December 2020 the transition period relating to the UK's exit from the European Union will end. There is no trade deal yet in place between the UK and the EU, though some trade arrangements are in place, for example with Japan. There is uncertainty. But it remains possible for businesses to mitigate risk by undertaking some forward planning and by considering what they may need to do and making preparations.

  • Wrapped or unwrapped – recent court decision could be a gift for consumers

    Wrapped or unwrapped – recent court decision could be a gift for consumers

    Consumer sales are regulated to a significant extent within the UK and also within Europe. A recent case in Germany looked at the 14-day right to withdraw from distance or off-premises contracts. In particular, the excepting where if a transaction involved "a contract for the supply of sealed goods which are not suitable for return due to health protection or hygiene reasons, if they become unsealed after delivery" then the right to cancel was lost.

  • Sports testimonial payments and tax – an important update

    Sports testimonial payments and tax – an important update

    The tax treatment of payments made to sportspersons, arising by reason of their sporting activities, has been a subject of much debate and attention over recent times. The UK taxation authority, HMRC, has revised its approach to sportsperson taxation and further attention is now being paid to testimonials – events organised to honour the contribution of a sportsperson approaching the end of their career.