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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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Essex Court removes Uighur article from website after China sanctions

Essex Court Chambers has removed an article from its website that made reference to a legal opinion condemning the abuse of Uighur Muslims, just hours after the set was sanctioned alongside a group of UK individuals and business. Sanctions were handed down by China on Friday in relation to the alleged “lies and disinformation” that […]

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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 […]

Stephenson Harwood embarks on strategy review to “sharpen focus”

Stephenson Harwood is kicking off a comprehensive strategic review of the firm for the first time in five years, The Lawyer can reveal. The review will set Stephenson Harwood’s direction for the next three to five years and will be spearheaded by CEO Eifion Morris. The audit will be split into seven workstreams, focusing on […]

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