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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.


Ashurst: PEP rises as turnover stalls

Ashurst’s financial performance has rebounded with the firm reporting a 9 per cent increase in average profits per equity partner (PEP) last financial year to reach £567,000. But the increase was still not enough to fully counteract the firm’s dismal results in 2003/04, which saw average PEP tumble 11.7 per cent to £521,000, down from […]

Bringing the house down

A Slaughters partner may be edging perilously close to financial ruin after his wife bet the house on London’s theatreland. Two weeks ago, the well-known theatre producer and Perrier Awards chief Nica Burns, with American oil millionaire and theatre producer Max Weitzenhoffer, stumped up £5.75m for a half share in the Apollo, Garrick, Duchess and […]

Lovells names Asia chief

Lovells has appointed litigation specialist Crispin Rapinet as the firm’s new Asia regional managing partner. Rapinet, formerly Lovells’ Hong Kong managing partner, succeeds Don Kelly, who stood down in April. As Asia regional managing partner Rapinet will have overall responsibility for Lovells’ six offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh […]

Halliwells grows North West with DLA Piper, Pinsents hires

Halliwells has snagged a second partner from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary’s Liverpool office and has lured Pinsent Masons partner Patrick Kennedy in Manchester. Colin Gibbons will join Halliwells later this year along with DLA Piper associate Fiona Parry, who becomes a partner at her new firm. The firm hired DLA Piper corporate partner Paul Jefferson in […]

Legal Widow

The firm is worse than the schools when it comes to letting people out for holidays. As it is you practically have to pledge a new science wing in your will to get a long weekend out of the schools we send the kids to, but that’s nothing compared to the negotiating I have to […]

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