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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.


PC fee has fallen by more than u5

YOUR story (Law Society rejects bid to shave practising fee by u5, The Lawyer 29 March) ignores the simple fact that, for the fifth year running, the practising certificate fee has not increased. Indeed, since 1995, the PC fee has reduced by u65. Robert Sayer, vice president, The Law Society

Don't forget the public LPCs

We read with interest your special report on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). We fully support much of what was said in the article and commend your efforts to stimulate the debate. However, we are concerned that the article quoted, and concentrated, on the two private providers of the LPC and failed to refer, except […]

Couderts wins EBRD work

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has appointed Coudert Brothers, a firm it dropped from its panel last year, to advise the Russian Federal Commission for Securities Markets on securities market reform. Couderts was one of more than 90 firms dropped from the EBRD panel in November (The Lawyer 24 November). But surviving […]

The ones to watch

Ruby Sandhu tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them. Timothy Fancourt Professional achievements/associations:Chancery Bar Association Areas of practice: Property, chancery anhd commercial litigation as well as advisory work, particularly commercial and residential property. What others say about him: Fancourt is described as an […]

Punders partners to vote early over CC merger bid

Punder Volhard Weber & Axster, the third largest German firm, will bring forward the date of its annual partners meeting to next month so it can rush through its vote on the merger with Clifford Chance. Clifford Chance partners, who voted over the weekend, were expected to approve the merger with Punders and US firm […]

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