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‘Tax Day’ – government continues its campaign to tackle non-compliance

In the UK’s first ever ‘Tax Day’ on 23 March 2021, the government released more than 30 consultation documents relating to the future landscape of the UK tax regime. Whilst these documents scrutinised how taxes should be paid, opportunities for simplification and the potential of digitalisation, it was tackling non-compliance which was firmly in the spotlight once again. Tax & estate planning Partner, James Austen, gives his opinion on the proposed measures.

Fraud in the sub line market – should we be concerned?

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Funds held by Stephenson Harwood sparks scrap with former client

A multimillion-pound fee resting in Stephenson Harwood’s client account has sparked litigation from a former client that is seeking to reclaim funds, The Lawyer can reveal. Blue Power Group initiated legal action against Stephenson Harwood earlier this month, less than a year after the company was instructing the firm during a separate High Court matter […]

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Ropes adds funds partner in second hire this week

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New Look GC moves to Rolex retailer Watches of Switzerland

New Look general counsel Laura Battley has moved across to Watches of Switzerland, less than two years after the latter’s listing on the London Stock Exchange. Battley joins the FTSE 250 British watch retailer after five years as GC and company secretary at New Look. She began her legal training at Slaughter and May in […]

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Simpson Thacher expands PE ranks with Blackstone hire

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s London office has strengthened its ties to Blackstone, by adding its EMEA general counsel as a partner. Geoffrey Bailhache will join Simpson from Blackstone, where he was its managing director and general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He provided transactional advice for Blackstone’s PE and tactical opportunities business, […]

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