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The Slaughter and May Podcast
18 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
European Commission proposals for changes to Solvency II
In this podcast, Robert Chaplin and Beth Dobson discuss the recently published European Commission proposals for amendments to the Solvency II Directive and the introduction of a new Recovery and Resolution Directive. These proposals are part of the 2020 Review of Solvency II.
24 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Tax news highlights: October 2021
In this podcast, Zoe Andrews and Tanja Velling discuss the consultation response and draft legislation for the economic crime levy, the High Court decision in Almacantar on the application of estoppel by convention in the context of a notice of claim under a tax indemnity, and the First-tier Tribunal decisions in Shinelock on the interaction between the tax rules and net accounting and Marlborough rejecting a rather wide interpretation of the Supreme Court decision in Rangers argued for by HMRC. Zoe and Tanja also share some thoughts sparked by the press coverage of the Pandora Papers and briefly address the announcement that 136 out of the 140 member countries of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS have reached agreement on international tax reform.
32 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
The role of in-house lawyers in shaping ESG strategy
Climate change and sustainability currently has a strong focus not only within ESG circles but also in the broader business and investment community. As part of our 'Path to COP26' series, this podcast features partners Harry Hecht, Jan Putnis and Lisa Wright in conversation about how in-house lawyers can join the conversation on climate change, covering topics such as TCFD disclosures, climate reporting and sustainability standards and what challenges and opportunities they expect to come in light of COP26.
24 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Tax new highlights: September 2021
In this podcast, Zoe Andrews and Tanja Velling discuss HMRC’s draft guidance in relation to the large business notification of uncertain tax treatment for which draft legislation was published on “L-Day”, and four recent cases: the Court of Appeal’s decision in Ingenious Games (a sequel to the Ingenious Films litigation); the Court of Session’s decision in the employment-related securities case Vermilion; the Upper Tribunal’s decision in Centrica on investment management expenses; and the First-tier Tribunal’s decision in the latest unallowable purpose case, Kwik-Fit. They also briefly mention the Upper Tribunal’s decision in KSM Henryk Zeman where public law arguments, normally the purview of judicial review, were permitted to be raised in a VAT appeal.
19 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Tax News Highlights: August 2021
In this podcast, Nele Dhondt and Tanja Velling discuss the proposal for a new UK subsidy control regime (and its impact on tax) as well as the EU General Court’s decision in the Nike and Converse State aid case. The podcast also covers key points around the draft legislation for the large business notification of uncertain tax treatment published on 20 July, better known as “L-day”, and the latest news on the modernisation of stamp taxes on shares, and it briefly mentions the Supreme Court’s judgment in Tinkler, applying the doctrine of estoppel by convention to prevent the taxpayer from denying that a notice of enquiry had been validly issued.
12 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Solvency II – Supervision
In this podcast, part of a series accompanying our Solvency II App, Robert Chaplin and Beth Dobson discuss the rules for the supervision of insurers under Solvency II. To request access to the App please email email@example.com.
27 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Premier In Green: In Conversation with Whitbread
An increasing number of companies and treasury teams have been considering issuing green and ESG bonds. Earlier this year our financing team worked with Chris Vaughan, GC at Whitbread on the issuance of a dual-tranche Green Bond. In this podcast, Chris gives us an issuer’s perspective on green and ESG bonds, and discusses the attraction, advantages and practicalities for these bonds with Matthew Tobin and Jennifer Sadek.
22 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Reinventing the 9 to 5: In conversation with Standard Chartered Bank
As businesses reshape their working patterns, Standard Chartered Bank was already ahead with their ‘Future Workplace, Now’ project. We sat down with Nicola Doran, Head of Employment Law Europe, Americas & AME at Standard Chartered, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of hybrid working models across the world. From employee surveys and office space design to diversity and inclusion and future generations, partners Phil Linnard and Caroline Phillips explore with Nicola how we can reinvent the 9 to 5 and what role legal teams can play.
16 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Tax news highlights: July 2021
In this podcast, Zoe Andrews and Tanja Velling discuss the First-tier Tribunal decision in West Burton Property Limited v HMRC concerning deferred revenue expenditure and the interaction between the accounting and tax computation rules. They also discuss the Supreme Court decision in the Haworth judicial review proceedings which confirms that the pre-conditions for the issuance of a follower notice should be interpreted restrictively. The podcast also covers the latest developments on the OECD’s international tax reform project, including a statement published on 1 July 2021 on an agreement reached by the majority of the members of the Inclusive Framework and its subsequent endorsement by the G20 Finance Ministers, and it touches on the UK’s roadmap for financial services post-Brexit.
21 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Reinventing the 9 to 5: Social Cohesion and the Future of Work
As businesses reshape their working patterns, social cohesion appears at the heart of the discussion around the future of work. In this podcast, partners Jan Putnis, Jeff Twentyman, Phil Linnard and Natalie Cook discuss how we can define social cohesion, how it has been impacted (and could be re-invented) by the pandemic and why it matters to in-house legal functions.
22 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Tax news highlights: June 2021
In this podcast, Zoe Andrews and Tanja Velling discuss the Supreme Court decisions in Hurstwood Properties on the application of the Ramsay principle to business rates legislation and Tooth on discovery assessments, clarifying the meaning of “deliberate error” and dismissing the concept of staleness. They also consider two cases concerning tax covenant and warranty claims, Dodika before the Court of Appeal and TP Icap Ltd before the High Court, and judicial review proceedings in Heathrow Airport in respect of the withdrawal of an extra-statutory concession in respect of tax-free shopping. The podcast also provides an update on potentially settled points and open issues following the G7 agreement in respect of the OECD’s international tax reform project, and it covers the European Commission’s plan to make EU business taxation fit for the 21st century, highlighting the planned proposals for BEFIT, DEBRA and a WTO-compliant digital levy.
10 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Solvency II - Cross-border provision of services
In this podcast, part of a series accompanying our Solvency II App, Robert Chaplin and Beth Dobson discuss cross-border provision of services. To request access to the App please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Quantum Computing - Small Science, Huge Opportunity
In the final podcast in this series, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Donovan and Emily Bradley turn to consider the promise presented by quantum technologies, and discuss how businesses can start to leverage the opportunities they present. They catch up with Alexei Kondratyev, Managing Director and Head of Data Science and Innovation at Standard Chartered Bank, to hear more about the work that Slaughter and May’s clients are already doing in this space.
33 minutes | May 26, 2021
Cyber security in the era of quantum computing
In this podcast Rob Sumroy, head of Technology Group and the global Cyber hub at Slaughter and May, Robert Hannigan, Chairman of BlueVoyant International and Senior Adviser to McKinsey & Co, and Dr Ali El Kaafarani, Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute (University of Oxford) and Founder/CEO of PQShield, discuss the risks that quantum computing poses to the security of organisations and their data. Is there a solution we should be investing in now to stay quantum secure?
7 minutes | May 19, 2021
Quantum Computing 101
In this podcast David Subel, an associate in one of our corporate teams and Emily Bradley, a professional support lawyer in our financial regulation group, discuss the key findings of their research into what is meant by ‘quantum computing’. Both David and Emily are members of our Slaughter and May quantum technologies hub.
12 minutes | May 13, 2021
Solvency 2: Capital requirements and internal models
In this podcast, part of a series accompanying our Solvency II App, Robert Chaplin and Beth Dobson discuss capital requirements and internal models. To request access to the App please email email@example.com.
22 minutes | May 12, 2021
Tax News Highlights - May 2021
In this podcast, Zoe Andrews and Tanja Velling provide an update on the progress of Finance Bill 2021, noting some of the Government amendments made during the Committee Stage. They also discuss two First-tier Tribunal and one High Court decisions. The First-tier Tribunal decisions are those in Euromoney on the application of the purpose test in section 137 of the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 to prevent rollover treatment on a share-for-share exchange and in Aozora on the interaction between the UK’s rules on unilateral relief from double taxation and the Limitation on Benefits article in the US/UK tax treaty. The High Court decision concerns the Danish tax authority SKAT’s attempt to reclaim Danish withholding tax refunds. The podcast further covers certain international tax topics. Zoe and Tanja consider the impact of the Biden/Harris administration’s tax reform proposals on the OECD’s international tax reform project, the adoption of a new Article 12B (Income from Automated Digital Services) for the UN’s Model Tax Treaty and the consultation on proposed changes to the commentary on Article 9 (Associated enterprises) of the OECD’s Model Tax Treaty.
33 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
What is the value of M&A?
In this podcast, Professor Scott Moeller (Director of the M&A Research Centre at the Business School (formerly Cass)) and Jordan Ellison (Competition Partner at Slaughter and May) discuss why companies engage in M&A, what makes a successful deal and what the latest research studies tell us about the impact of transactions on shareholder value and innovation. In a world where competition authorities are increasingly likely to block deals on the basis of limited competition harms, communicating the value of M&A is now more important than ever.
24 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Tax news highlights: April 2021
In this podcast, Zoe Andrews and Tanja Velling provide an overview of the UK Government’s announcements made on Tax Day, 23 March 2021, highlighting three measures that were shelved and three measures on which further information will be published in due course. Five consultations are discussed in more detail: the call for evidence on the tax administration framework to support a 21st century tax system, the second consultation on the notification of uncertain tax treatment by large businesses, the consultation on options for updating transfer pricing documentation requirements, the consultation on raising standards in the tax advice market which focusses on the introduction of compulsory professional indemnity insurance for tax advisers, and the consultation on the reform of the taxation of securitisation companies. The podcast covers the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Cases C-459/19 Wellcome Trust, considering whether a taxable person is “acting as such” for the purposes of Article 44 of the Principal VAT Directive when receiving supplies for the purposes of its non-economic business activities, and C-812/19 Danske Bank on the VAT treatment of supplies between a VAT-grouped head office and its non-VAT-grouped foreign branch. Zoe and Tanja also briefly touch on DAC7.
12 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
UK Solvency II
In this podcast, part of a series accompanying our recently updated Solvency II App, Robert Chaplin and Beth Dobson discuss UK Solvency II, including our approach in the App to onshored legislation and possible future changes to the UK regime.
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