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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.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s London office has strengthened its ties to Blackstone, by adding its EMEA general counsel as a partner. Geoffrey Bailhache will join Simpson from Blackstone, where he was its managing director and general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He provided transactional advice for Blackstone’s PE and tactical opportunities business, […]

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Addleshaws not looking to downsize in HQ hunt

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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

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Ex-Government lawyer lands new role at Linklaters

Linklaters has hired Jonathan Jones QC, the former Treasury Solicitor and head of the UK Government Legal Department (GLD), months after he decided to leave his post. Jones’ departure was revealed last August as the UK Government faced scrutiny over its plans to clarify parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, which formed a section of […]

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