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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?

In recent weeks, news of the JES Global Capital fraud committed by fund manager Elliot Smerling has come to light. Unfortunately, we live in world where fraud, much like death and taxes, is inevitable.


Nick De Marco

Picking winners – and losers

If Olympic selection committees want to avoid appeals, their various policies need to be brought together The British Olympic Association (BOA) has promised that it will be sending “our greatest team” to the London 2012 Games. Around 550 athletes will be selected for Team GB and competition for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete at a […]

Silk road

One Essex Court and 39 Essex Street target Singapore There was much scoffing at the bar when The Lawyer revealed that six silks from 4 Pump Court were to join a new venture in Hong Kong aimed at attracting arbitration instructions. Yet just weeks later One Essex Court and 39 Essex Street have announced their […]


Bakers boosts banking with Freshfields hire

Baker & McKenzie’s London office has made its third hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the last 12 months, naming senior associate Sebastien Marcelin-Rice as partner in the firm’s banking and finance group. The hire comes days after the Chicago-based firm announced that three former Kirkland & Ellis partners will be joining its domestic private […]


Marks & Clerk seals victory for Czech brewer in long-running ‘Bud Wars’ dispute

Trademark lawyers at Marks & Clerk have succeeded in the latest round of the so-called Bud Wars litigation by fending off attempts by a US brewery to ban Czech rival Budějovický Budvar from using the Budweiser name. Partners Mark Blair and Kirsten Gilberthave acted for Budvar in the long-running case, with James Mellor QC of […]

New ESMA guidance signals more flexible approach on global depositary receipts

On 20 June 2012, the European Securities Markets Authority published new guidance on the use of ‘up to amount’ listings of global depositary receipts (GDRs) which provides much needed clarity to issuers and participants in the European GDR markets. The ESMA guidance states that, if an issuer issues new shares after the date of its […]

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