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David Scott

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Work Department

  • Tax
  • Private client
  • Charity


Tax and private client partner and head of charities and philanthropy.


Trained Freshfields; qualified 2000; partner Harbottle & Lewis LLP 2011.

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Harbottle & Lewis LLP provides advice that is ‘considered, thorough and appropriate at all times’. Clients appreciate that Colin Howes’ ‘input is always excellent. His advice draws on his knowledge of and expertise at dealing with the Charity Commission’. Clients are ‘particularly impressed by his ability to bring a complex negotiation to a speedy conclusion without exerting undue pressure’. Howes is a long standing member of Comic Relief and the team continues to advise the charity on various matters encompassing charity law alongside broader issues relating to reputation management, fundraising and other issues such as data protection. Howes is also a board adviser to Virgin Unite (which is the Virgin Group’s charitable foundation). The team continues to advise corporate foundations, media-related fundraising charities and subsidised arts organisations as well as a number of new and innovative charities. David Scott advises some very high profile charities on all charity law issues in addition to advising high-net-worth individuals on their personal philanthropy.

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  • Account of profits v damages: when and why does it matter?

    Since 2007, Experience Hendrix LLC(Hendrix) and Times Newspapers Ltd (Times) have been litigating over the intellectual property rights (IPR) in a recording of a Jimi Hendrix concert that took place at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1969. In September 2006 Times distributed a free CD, or covermount, with each edition of The Sunday Times . A claim was issued against Times in March 2007 for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. In March 2008 the High Court held that Times had infringed the IPR in the recording and Hendrix elected to have an inquiry as to damages in respect of that infringement. The case has given rise to some complex issues as to the basis for the quantification of damages, and the inquiry is due to be heard next year, but the case is also a reminder of more general considerations in relation to remedies in IPR cases, and why the basis for quantification of those remedies can have far reaching consequences for a successful claimant.

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