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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.


Clerks take business lessons

Commercial chambers One Essex Court has become the first set to introduce professional training in business development for its clerks. The set has employed Haines Consulting, an organisation that specialises in teaching business strategy. Haines Consulting has already undertaken similar exercises with 33 of the top 100 firms of solicitors. “I thought they [solicitors] were […]

It's been a bad week for…

Manners. Not content with the amount of free publicity it received after Lord Irvine graced his walls with its u300 a roll Pugin-style paper at taxpayers’ expense, wallpaper company Walker Greenbank has ungraciously slammed the Government for enacting policies which have lost the company u600,000. The UK’s human rights record. At great embarrassment to the […]

In brief: Warner Cranston

Warner Cranston has negotiated a five-year sponsorship deal between 18-year-old tennis player Anna Kournikova and its client Courtaulds Textiles, which owns the sports bra manufacturer Berlei. Kournikova will appear on promotional material and packaging for the Shock Absorber range. She was represented by her New York agent Advantage. Howard Wallis negotiated the deal for Warner […]

Partner brings Uxbridge firm £40m from former clients

An Uxbridge firm has brought in property deals worth £40m, because of its partner’s connections with his former firm. Partner David Silva joined Iliffes Booth Bennett from Frere Cholmeley Bischoff in September 1996 in the run up to the City firms merger with Eversheds. He is also advising his former partner Christopher Digby-Bell, now a […]

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 […]

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