Case Comment: Tinkler v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2021] UKSC 39 – UKSC Blog

Posted August 26th, 2021 in accountants, agency, estoppel, news, notification, service, taxation by sally

‘In this post, Tim Sales, a partner in the Dispute Resolution team at CMS, and Hannah Jones, who works in the Tax team at CMS, comment on the decision handed down by the UK Supreme Court in the matter of Tinkler v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2021] UKSC 39, which concerned whether estoppel by convention applied to prevent the taxpayer disputing that HMRC had validly served a notice of enquiry.’

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UKSC Blog, 25th August 2021

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New Judgment: Tinkler v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2021] UKSC 39 – UKSC Blog

Posted August 3rd, 2021 in accountants, agency, estoppel, news, service, Supreme Court, taxation by sally

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed this appeal addressing whether a taxpayer is prevented from challenging the validity of an enquiry into their tax return by HMRC where both parties have proceeded, for nearly a decade, on the mistaken assumption that the enquiry was validly initiated by a letter sent to the taxpayer.’

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UKSC Blog, 30th July 2021

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Accountant given 11 years’ imprisonment for £1.3 million fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 21st, 2021 in accountants, Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, imprisonment, news, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘An accountant who defrauded the NHS, companies, and individuals out of more than £1.3 million has been jailed recently (15 April 2021) for multiple counts of fraud and theft.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th April 2021

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Tribunal: Law firm’s part-time FD was worker, not self-employed – Legal Futures

‘An accountant who acted as a law firm’s part-time finance director through a company was a worker and not self-employed, even though he had another client, an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 29th March 2021

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UK accounting firms criticised by watchdog for ‘unacceptable’ work – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2020 in accountants, auditors, news, ombudsmen, standards by tracey

‘The accounting watchdog has hit out at the UK’s largest auditors, after its annual inspection uncovered an “unacceptable” number of poorly executed company audits.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2020

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Matalan founder suing PwC for ‘ineffective tax avoidance advice’ – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2020 in accountants, capital gains tax, income tax, negligence, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘The multimillionaire founder of Matalan is suing his accountants for allegedly giving him ineffective tax avoidance advice – weeks after his retail empire received tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer support during the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2020

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Accountant severely reprimanded over SRA report – Legal Futures

‘An accountant found to have “improperly” issued a report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) about a law firm has been severely reprimanded by his regulator.’An accountant found to have “improperly” issued a report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) about a law firm has been severely reprimanded by his regulator.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2020

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Tribunal lifts practising controls from ABS accountant – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has lifted practising restrictions on a finance director who was sanctioned less than three years ago, over the objections of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 11th November 2019

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Expert “failed to provide objective opinion”, says High Court – Litigation Futures

Posted August 27th, 2019 in accountants, bias, evidence, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘An expert witness who said in oral evidence that he saw his role as presenting his side’s case “in the most favourable light” has been criticised by the High Court.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th August 2019

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Expert Evidence on Share Valuations: When to use hot tubbing in unfair prejudice petitions – 4 New Square

‘A critical part of any unfair prejudice petition is the valuation of the minority shareholding. Paul Mitchell QC and Nigel Burroughs of 4 New Square were counsel on different sides in Swain v Swains Plc, a case in which the expert share valuation evidence was taken concurrently. They look at the pros and cons of hot tubbing, and offer practical advice on how to approach the way experts should give their evidence.’

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4 New Square, 22nd July 2019

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Accountancy body wins right to regulate oaths – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Chartered accountancy regulator the ICAEW has received a crumb of comfort from the lord chancellor in its long-running campaign to become a regulator of reserved legal activities. David Gauke revealed today that he has decided to grant an application for the ICAEW to become an approved regulator and licensing authority in relation to the administration of oaths.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd May 2019

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Accountancy watchdog criticised over legal services procurement – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 19th, 2018 in accountants, auditors, competition, legal services, news, ombudsmen, public procurement by sally

‘The accountancy regulator should adopt a more open procurement policy when tendering for legal and professional services, a review assessing its clout has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th December 2018

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New ABS combines legal and accountancy advice – Legal Futures

Posted December 10th, 2018 in accountants, alternative business structures, legal services, news by sally

‘A litigation-focused legal and accountancy alternative business structure (ABS), which opened for business earlier this month, is set to benefit from an “explosion” in contested probate cases.’

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Legal Futures, 10th December 2018

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Watchdog berates PwC over ‘misleading’ BHS accounts – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2018 in accountants, auditors, financial regulation, news, reports by sally

‘BHS’s accounts were misleading and featured unrealistic forecasts before Sir Philip Green sold the now collapsed department store chain, according to a report into the role of the retailer’s auditor, PwC.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2018

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Call to investigate barriers to ABSs moving into other professional services – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) should investigate whether there are regulatory barriers to law firms that become alternative business structures (ABSs) providing other professional services such as accountancy and surveying, rather than vice versa, a report it commissioned has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2018

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Accountants and lawyers ‘must report’ aggressive tax avoidance schemes – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2018 in accountants, banking, legal profession, news, notification, penalties, tax avoidance by sally

‘Accountants, bankers and lawyers will face penalties if they fail to report aggressive tax avoidance schemes that help companies or individuals move money to offshore havens, under a new European Union law.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Accountants to challenge government decision on rights to handle legal work – Legal Futures

Posted March 6th, 2018 in accountants, legal services, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has launched judicial review proceedings against the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over the decision to deny its members the right to conduct litigation, advocacy and legal instruments work, Legal Futures can reveal.’

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Legal Futures, 6th March 2018

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Divorce: valuation of business assets and tracing hidden assets – the key facts – Family Law

Posted December 14th, 2017 in accountants, divorce, financial provision, news, valuation by sally

‘A forensic accountant has a number of functions. If they are the single joint expert (SJE) in the context of divorce proceedings, their job is usually going to be to value one or more of the parties’ business assets.’

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Family Law, 13th December 2017

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Watchdog calls on MPs to ease rules after being told to toughen up – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 1st, 2017 in accountants, financial regulation, news, takeovers by tracey

‘The UK’s accounting watchdog is hoping to make it easier to prosecute accountants after it was slammed for letting KPMG off the hook over its audits of HBOS just before the financial crisis.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th November 2017

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You Can’t Have it Both Ways: Costs and Applications – Zenith PI Blog

Posted September 26th, 2017 in accountants, costs, news by sally

‘In Higgins and others v (1) ERC Accountants and Business Advisers Ltd and (2) Granite Tax Ltd [2017] EWHC 2190 (Ch) His Honour Judge Pelling QC, sitting as a judge of the High Court, dealt with various applications relating to service of claim forms.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 25th September 2017

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