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Daniel Hochberg says regulating trustees obligations to beneficiaries poses a number of problems. Daniel Hochberg is a barrister at 9 Old Square. Practising trust lawyers in offshore jurisdictions should not be surprised by the English Court of Appeal’s recent observation in Armitage v Nurse (1997) that there is an irreducible core of obligations owed by […]

What price the pursuit of fiscal crime?

John Rhodes believes the British government should think twice before attempting to extend money laundering legislation to fiscal offences in offshore jurisdictions. John Rhodes is a partner at city law firm Macfarlanes. No-one objects to laws which help to identify and thwart drug barons. But by planning to introduce legislation against money laundering in offshore […]

Law Soc welcomes EU-US free tade area with trepidation

European Union plans to start talks on creating a free trade area between the US and the EU have been cautiously welcomed by the Law Society as a way to break the deadlock with the US over rights of establishment of EU solicitors in the US. Earlier this month, the European Commission gave the go […]

Havens have nothing to hide

Edward Cain says offshore centres are often misunderstood and unfairly vilified but play a significant international role. Edward Cain is an English-qualified solicitor at Cains. The significance of the role played by offshore jurisdictions in the international financial services industry has never been greater. The presence of banking and other financial institutions is greater in […]

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