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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.


Howrey gains Paris office with Cousté merger

Cabinet Cousté & Cousté, one of France’s leading biotechnology and IP firms, will join Howrey Simon Arnold & White, making it the US firm’s fourth European IP office. Managing partner and chief executive officer Robert Ruyak (left) said: “We’re now well positioned to answer our clients’ antitrust, litigation and IP needs.” Marina Cousté founded the […]

Latham launches Shanghai base

Latham & Watkins has launched its first outpost in Mainland China, with the opening of a two-partner Shanghai office. San Francisco partner Rowland Cheng has relocated to Shanghai, where he will head the new office. Singapore-based finance partner James Redway will also relocate to Shanghai, along with two Latham associates. The new office will focus […]

Umbro’s sole lawyer quits for Reebok

The merry-go-round in the sportswear sector is in full swing as iconic football kit manufacturer Umbro loses its general counsel to Reebok. Katherine Roseveare, Umbro’s sole in-house lawyer, is leaving the UK-listed company to join Reebok as European general counsel. Roseveare will be replacing Sarah Eaton-Stewart, who is returning to the US to become Reebok’s chief marketing […]

Holman scores ship finance team

Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired a partner and two assistants from Stephenson Harwood to develop its ship finance practice. John Forrester, who was a partner at both Stephenson Harwood and legacy firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley, joins with assistants Ruth Allcoat and Adam Shire. His clients include some of the world’s largest ship finance […]

Heatons appoints new managing partner

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has appointed corporate finance specialist Matt Fleetwood as its new managing partner, replacing David Beech. Beech quit Heatons last month to join London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. During his time at Heatons, he advised Icelandic investor Baugur on a number of multimillion-pound deals. First revealed on 6 April 2005

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