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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.

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Clifford Chance calls in advisers to rethink property strategy

Clifford Chance has started to invite pitches from real estate agents to rethink its property strategy ahead of its City lease end, The Lawyer can reveal. The magic circle firm has hosted virtual meetings to gather ideas and proposals from agencies across London. Sources said the firm is looking to come up with options ahead […]

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Taylor Wessing recruits from Greenberg in second team hire of 2021

Taylor Wessing has brought in a real estate team from Greenberg Traurig, just months after the arrival of an 11-strong private wealth group from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. In March, the firm will beef up the structured component of its real estate sector group with the hire of a four-lawyer team led by partner Michael […]

DWF recruits new legal chief after Ocado move

DWF has found its next general counsel, one month after the exit of longtime legal head Mollie Stoker to Ocado. The listed firm has recruited Darren Drabble as its new GC and company secretary, who led for more than a decade the legal function of listed price comparison company Moneysupermarket.com and most recently headed Cheshire-based […]

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Uber’s Supreme Court challenge falls flat in drivers’ rights dispute

In a pivotal victory for those in the gig economy, the Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal from Uber regarding workers’ rights. After previously falling short in the Employment Tribunal, Uber once again failed to convince the court that its drivers are independent contractors who work under customer contracts and not for Uber. The […]

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