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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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Addleshaw Goddard’s facilities department has made a boo-boo by accidentally ordering 10,000 paperclips that were “not of the quality [they] normally receive”. Rather than suing the supplier, which won’t take the clips back, the firm has instead enlisted its corporate social responsibility (CSR) team to find a way to recycle them rather than chucking four-odd […]


Lovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office. MOVE OF THE WEEKLovells has boosted its Asian banking practice with the hire of a partner from Stephenson Harwood & Lo. Owen Chan joins the firm’s Hong Kong office. […]

Resolution GC quits in wake of Pearl takeover

Resolution general counsel Randal Barker has left the company following its takeover by Pearl Group. Barker, ;who ;joined ­Resolution as its first head of legal in 2005, is ­understood to be mulling a new role, while Pearl is expected to appoint a new legal chief in October. Sources close to Pearl said Barker left the […]

Burges Salmon denies negligence claims

Burges Salmon has rebutted claims that it negligently advised agriculture clients on sub-prime mortgages. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is investigating independent complaints from farmers Geoff Bean in North Yorkshire and Pamela Ward-Jones of Barnhorne Manor Farm in East Sussex. They claim that the firm was acting for the farmers on sub-prime mortgage loans while […]


Firms use interim tactics to position for Indian liberalisation

UK firms are waiting with bated breath for the Indian legal market to ­liberalise, but by all accounts the country is unlikely to welcome international firms anytime soon. Clifford Chance’s hire of Indian ­capital markets partner Rahul Guptan from top Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, as reported on […]

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