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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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Private equity buyers Bain Capital and Cinven called on Kirkland & Ellis and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for counsel as they bought a division of Swiss life sciences business Lonza. Kirkland took the lead on M&A aspects of the transaction, with a team led by partners Adrian Maguire, Rory Mullarkey, Jacob Traff and Dan Clarke. Freshfields meanwhile […]

High Court gives green light to £12m negligence claim against DLA Piper

DLA Piper has failed to stay proceedings in a multimillion-pound professional negligence claim brought by a former client, with the case now set to proceed through the High Court in London after a jurisdictional challenge. Since the hearing, DLA has changed counsel from 4 New Square’s George Spalton and Joshua Folkard to a QC and […]

Linklaters’ tech venture debuts first product under new leadership

Linklaters‘ in-house tech startup Nakhoda is launching its first new platform, five months after an overhaul of its innovation function. The firm’ venture is debuting a new contract automation platform, CreateiQ, that speeds up and the drafting of new contracts and transform each document into a bank of data that client companies can tap in […]

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Linklaters senior partner candidate quits firm for top GC role

Linklaters’ head of US practices Tom Shropshire is leaving the firm to become general counsel of drinks company Diageo. The US-based partner will also be company secretary for Diageo, with current GC Siobhán Moriarty set to retire from the company in September after 24 years of service. Tom Shropshire is currently global US practice head […]

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