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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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Partners must take the profits hit

The quickest way to cut costs at hard-pressed firms is for partners to take less out of the business Managing a firm when fee income is at best fluctuating and at worst volatile is challenging, to say the least. Overheads remain painfully consistent (with a tendency to rise) but income is unfortunately much less predictable. […]

Edinburgh

Scottish bar launches dispute resolution service

Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates has launched a dispute resolution service to provide advice on arbitration, mediation and adjudication. The group, known as the Faculty of Dispute Resolution (FDRS), is made up of 28 advocates, including 15 QCs, and can be accessed by anyone seeking resolution of a dispute. According to the FDRS the move is […]

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill raids Rajah & Tann for five-partner team

Singapore-headquartered Rajah & Tann has blamed the exit of five international arbitration partners to rival Allen & Gledhill on “professional disagreements” between them and the firm. The five-partner team, led by former head of international arbitration Chong Yee Leon, are said to have quit the firm because “they had different views of how certain initiatives […]

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Zhong Lun hires first western partner for year-old City base

Chinese firm Zhong Lun has hired the first western partner for its London office following its recent launch in New York. Tom Fairley, who previously worked in the China offices of Norton Rose and Linklaters, brings more than 10 years of international law firm experience to Zhong Lun. His practice focuses on cross-border M&A, disposals […]

Internal intellectual property management

Are you deriving the most value out of your intellectual property (IP) assets? Unless you have implemented an effective IP management programme, the answer will most likely be in the negative. In many cases the IP subsisting in for example marketing properties, products, materials, processes and know-how is what gives a business its competitive advantage […]

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