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By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

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By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

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Cadbury’s in-house tax team wins ECJ tax precedent

Cadbury Schweppes has won a partial victory in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) this morning (12 September) over UK legislation on the tax payable by foreign subsidiaries. The ECJ handed down a decision finding that the UK’s laws governing corporation tax on ‘controlled foreign companies’ (CFCs) constitutes a restriction on freedom of establishment under […]

First Coudert partner quits Bakers

The first partner to leave the group of Coudert lawyers who joined Baker & McKenzie’s New York office has defected to Hughes Hubbard & Reed, after just a year in the combined team. Kenneth Page headed Coudert’s global trusts and estates practice for over 15 years before joining Bakers last September, along with 70 other […]

Beachcroft hires Labour old hand Charles Clarke

Beachcroft has appointed the former Home Secretary Charles Clarke MP as a consultant. Clarke joins the firm to give advice on strategy, positioning and policy for Beachcroft and its clients. He will work closely with former senior partner Lord Hunt of Wirral, who is chairman of Beachcroft’s financial services division and its regulatory consultancy arm. […]

Freshfields beats Norton Rose to HSBC job

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has muscled in on Norton Rose‘s relationship with HSBC with an instruction from the bank on the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into default charges. While Freshfields has won a string of corporate instructions in Asia from HSBC, the bank has traditionally instructed Norton Rose in the UK and on regulatory […]

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