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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 Atkin, Halton Housing Trust

North West housing association collective names panel of 10

Six housing associations in the North West of ­England have completed their first-ever joint legal panel, with 10 national and ­regional firms appointed. Anthony Collins, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Brabners Chaffe Street, Cobbetts, ­Coffin Mew, Devonshires, Forbes, Howarth Goodman, Mace & Jones and Weightmans have all won places on the Generate Group framework. The firms will […]


Pre-merger Mourant focuses on India as economic development ‘moves east’

Offshore firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is planning a new strategy to focus on IPOs and corporate structures emanating from India. The firm, which will merge with Ozannes in May to become the third-largest offshore firm by ­partner numbers, is undertaking the strategy following a trip by two of its partners to Mumbai and […]

Aussie firm Blake Dawson opens in Tokyo

Australian firm Blake Dawson has officially opened in Tokyo, becoming one of the first Australian firms to open an office in Japan. As first revealed by The Lawyer (13 November 2009), Blake Dawson decided to open a Japanese office as part of a strategy that favours Asia over Europe. Outside its six domestic offices, the […]


Focus: Top 30 us firms in London, Inner-City blues

Despite positive noises regarding London prospects, the past year has been just as tough on the big US players as it has on their domestic rivals The financial data for the top 30 US firms paints a bleak picture of the legal industry in 2009, with a total of 21 firms posting year-on-year losses at their […]


Former BLP partner Veneik “sullied” profession, tribunal finds

Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Vinay Veneik sullied the reputation of the legal profession through misuse of client monies, according to recent findings by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). While at BLP commercial property lawyer Veneik neglected to pay stamp duty and Land Registry fees relating to eight transactions for one client – in […]

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