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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.


Lord Chancellor addresses ethnic minorities shortfall

The Lord Chancellor’s Department is launching a research project to investigate why so few ethnic minority and women applicants become Queen’s Counsel or judges. This year, of 553 applications to become silk, only 27 came from ethnic minority lawyers and 45 from women. This represents only 13 per cent of all applications. Lincoln Crawford, chair […]

Women should stick together

I was disappointed to read the macho language of Virginia Glastonbury. She may be married to the firm, but for many women solicitors, their first priority is their children. Law firms and companies seem to have an inflexible policy demonstrated by Ms Glastonbury who states that women “just have to be available”. I would be […]

Litigation Personal Injury 12/7/99

Marc Stephen Rayment (By his father & next friend Stephen Ronald William) v Ministry of Defence (1999) QBD (Alliott J) 21 June 199Claimant: Male, new born at date of accident; 15 years old at date of settlement Incident: The claimant’s mother (‘M’) was admitted to a military hospital in July 1985 for the birth of […]

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 […]

Media man oversexed, but not overruled

Roger Pearson reports on a London publisher given the go-ahead to sue a drug company over radical lifestyle changes. One of the most unusual personal injury cases ever is now heading for the High Court. A north west London magazine publisher has won the go-ahead from the Court of Appeal to sue the manufacturers of […]

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