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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.


Davis Polk plans London expansion

Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of Wall Street’s largest US firms is expanding its London practice after it moves to new buildings in the City. The firm, which has been based in 1 Frederick’s Place for the last 12 years, will move into 99 Gresham Street in the autumn. Keith Kearney, managing partner of the […]

Feeling at home with new civil procedures

The new Civil Procedure Rules came into force on 26 April, making fundamental changes to the judicial process. The date itself has been looming ominously on the horizon for many litigators, who were anticipating chaos and wholesale changes to the way they conduct litigation. Landlord and tenant litigators experienced a particularly rocky start to the […]

In-house salaries compete head-on with private practice

Lawyers fare better financially by moving in-house than staying in private practice six years into their career, according to a new survey by recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins. Traditionally, lawyers have moved in-house as a lifestyle choice and because they want to pursue a more business-oriented role. However, salaries for in-house lawyers are escalating. In-house lawyers […]

Damages case of note

In an action heading for the Queen’s Bench Division, London Philharmonic clarinettist Robert Hill is taking the management of Glyndebourne to court in a damages claim. The claim stems from a fall he suffered during a performance. He broke his wrist in the accident just 20 minutes before a performance last May and claims it […]

Morgan Cole in plan to axe 15 partners

Newly merged Morgan Cole is considering axing up to 15 partners in an attempt to increase its profit margins. In a discussion document prepared by senior management – and seen by The Lawyer – the firm admits it will have to lay off staff if it is to raise profits per partner from an “unacceptable” […]

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