- Thursday, 18 August 2016
The government’s proposals to clamp down on tax avoidance by targeting advisers with sanctions if HMRC successfully challenges a scheme blur the line between evasion and avoidance, and “threaten the rule of law”, according to a prominent tax lawyer.
Posted in Latest news, Regulation
- Thursday, 19 March 2015
A barrister from Essex has been given a five-year bankruptcy restrictions order for neglecting his business affairs. Such an order is made on application to the court if the Official Receiver considers that the conduct of a bankrupt has been blameworthy in some other way.
Tags: Barristers, HMRC
Posted in Barristers, Latest news, Regulation
- Friday, 3 October 2014
Leading Surrey firm Mundays has been rebuked and fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for using stamp duty land tax avoidance schemes which saved clients over £2.5m.
Tags: conveyancing, HMRC, Solicitors Regulation Authority, stamp duty land tax
Posted in Latest news, Regulation, Solicitors
- Tuesday, 30 September 2014
A former solicitor who stole almost £1m through stamp duty fraud has been sentenced to ten years in jail. Shameer Sacranie, 40, from Leicester is believed to have fled the country and was sentenced in his absence last week.
Tags: fraud, HMRC, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Solicitors Regulation Authority, stamp duty
Posted in Latest news, Solicitors
- Thursday, 3 July 2014
Smaller law firms are struggling to retain their junior partners in advance of tough new capital requirements set out by HM Revenue & Customs in its crackdown on fixed-share partners avoiding PAYE tax, an executive search firm has claimed.
Tags: HMRC, limited liability partnership, LLP, partnership tax reform, tax
Posted in Finance, hrtraining, Latest news
- Thursday, 8 May 2014
The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has suggested that conveyancers, rather than clients, should answer to HMRC when stamp duty payments fail to arrive.
Tags: complaints, conveyancing, HMRC, Legal Ombudsman, LeO, stamp duty, stamp duty land tax
Posted in Latest news, Legal Ombudsman, Other lawyers, Regulation, Solicitors
It will be a great pity if any policymakers are influenced by this report because it suffers from some serious flaws and misinterpretations of what is going on in England and Wales.
In the absence of full-scale office-based working, law firms and corporate legal departments will need to find new ways of ensuring collaboration and knowledge sharing among their legal professionals.