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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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Clifford Chance reveals slow shift in gender pay gap figures

Clifford Chance is slowly narrowing down its gender pay gap, its most recent disclosures show, but data reveals wider disparities around sexual identity, ethnicity and disability metrics. Generally, its numbers have improved by almost 3 per cent since 2018, the first year it disclosed them. A more significant improvement pertained to bonuses, where the gap […]

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Simmons to release 2020 distributions in next round

Simmons & Simmons is to release profits that were withheld last year in the next distributions round, The Lawyer has learned. In April 2020, the firm had delayed partner distributions, echoing similar measures taken across the legal industry to reduce the impact of the fallout of the Covid-19 emergency. At the time, the firm said […]

Inmarsat GC moves over to Avast

Inmarsat’s general counsel Trudy Cooke has joined cybersecurity software company Avast as its new legal chief. Cooke left her role as GC at satellite company Inmarsat at the end of last year and has been succeeded by Brad Swann. Swann, who joined Inmarsat in 2015, was previously SVP of legal affairs. Swann will helm a […]

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