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Moving to the Cayman Islands

Boasting an enviable lifestyle, modern infrastructure and a highly sophisticated financial services industry and all within a short flight of Miami and other US cities, the Cayman Islands check all the boxes for individuals seeking to relocate to a tax-neutral jurisdiction. As a result, the Cayman Islands have evolved into an increasingly popular place of residence for internationally mobile “remote-workers” and high-net-worth individuals from around the world.

FCA consults on new consumer duty in retail financial markets

Following the April 2019 publication of its feedback statement on a duty of care and potential alternative approaches, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting until 31 July 2021 on a new Consumer Duty that would set clearer and higher expectations for firms’ standards of care towards consumers.

Tech companies: three things you should know from the 2021-22 Quebec budget

The Québec Budget 2021–2022 includes measures encouraging investment to accelerate technology adoption and strengthens several tax measures aimed at the technology sector. The three key tax measures that tech businesses and entrepreneurs should know about are discussed below.

Workplace testing and vaccinations: What employers need to know

Workplace testing has proven to be a crucial piece in the UK government’s jigsaw to get British business back on its feet. But how can businesses implement a workplace testing programme and will the vaccine roll out make a difference?


New QCs at a time of change: the silks of 2020

As 114 new silks celebrated their success in the 2020 Queen’s Counsel appointments, they were also marking the end of an arduous selection procedure – all for the honour, pride and privilege of securing those two prestigious letters that can reshape a legal career.  Finally gaining the QC kitemark gives some barristers a sense of […]


Macfarlanes and HFW look to women for 2020 promotions round

Macfarlanes and HFW have announced their partner promotions for 2020, making up five women and three men between them. Macfarlanes has added two women to its partnership in London. Financial services lawyer Alexandra Green and tax lawyer Alicia Thomas will be made up as of 1 May 2020. Green joined Macfarlanes in 2016, having trained […]


The mirage of a cross-European corporate team

Confusing Europe with London is never a good habit, but it’s one to which US firms still fall prey. A clear-eyed assessment is well overdue at four firms in particular: McDermott Will & Emery (MWE), Orrick, Squire Patton Boggs, and Cleary. We single out those firms because of an interesting data point buried in The […]

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