03 June 2020
High Court offers sympathy but no remedy to trustee facing unexpected tax bill
In Mackay v Wesley  EWHC 1215 (Ch), the Claimant, who was instructed by her father to become a trustee of a family trust as part of a tax scheme, failed to obtain from the High Court (1) an order rescinding her appointment as trustee and/or (2) a declaration that she never became a trustee...
27 May 2020
Tax Treaty Interpretation: The Limits of Fiction
In Fowler v HMRC  UKSC 22, the Supreme Court determined that a statutory fiction created by a deeming provision of UK tax law did not affect how the terms of a bilateral tax treaty should be applied. In particular, the Supreme Court held that although the UK deeming provision in question...
22 May 2020
Court of Appeal considers corporation tax deductibility of ‘derecognised’ derivative contracts
In The Union Castle Mail Steamship Company Ltd v HMRC & Ors  EWCA Civ 547, the Court of Appeal considered whether corporation tax relief was available for losses arising from the “derecognition” of derivative contracts. This derecognition was required for accounting purposes due to a...
14 May 2020
Rapid resolution of domicile disputes: be careful what you wish for
In Henkes v HMRC  UKFTT 7645 (“ Henkes ”), the First-tier (Tax) Tribunal (“ the Tribunal ”) held that (a) it could (and would) determine the taxpayer’s domicile status when determining an application for the closure of a domicile enquiry and (b) its determination of that issue would be...
25 June 2019
The view from Brussels - Can the Backstop be Renegotiated?
Both candidates to be leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore to be UK Prime Minister, have vowed to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement and in particular the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. Meanwhile in Brussels, the EU-27 (meeting in Euro summit format) has just reiterated, again,...
25 January 2023
M&A STANDPOINT: Formal sale processes: A useful tool to solicit offers or a last resort?
FSPs were created to encourage a competitive and confidential sale process under the Takeover Code, but often they may signal that a company has run out of options. However, a number of companies have elected to launch FSPs in recent months, so when is an FSP is the right choice for a company?
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Automotive Electric and digital revolutions still drive M&A
The automotive sector is currently experiencing two inflection points at the same time: an electric vehicle revolution, as the industry transitions from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) including battery electric vehicles (BEV) as part of the wider...
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Consumer 2022 was a challenging year compared to 2021
M&A in the consumer sector slowed throughout 2022 as compared to the buoyant trends in 2021. Macro-economic issues and global headwinds have meant a tougher environment for consumers, particularly with record-breaking inflation adding to the cost of living and turning the screws on household...
23 January 2023
How hard is it? The Takeover’s Panel consults on guidance for exclusivity granted at the non-binding bid stage
Following two Takeovers Panel decisions that found pre-deal exclusivity and other deal protection arrangements to be unacceptable, the Takeovers Panel has now commenced consultation on proposed new guidance on deal protection granted in respect of non-binding proposals. Most importantly, the...
19 January 2023
Register of overseas entities - the countdown is on
The countdown for overseas owners of property in the UK to comply with the tightened register regime following the government's clampdown on economic crime is nearing its conclusion, with less than two weeks to go until the deadline for the submission of applications to Companies House (31 January...
16 January 2023
Corporate Governance snapshot: Preparing your annual report and AGM notice in 2023
This snapshot summarises the key developments and issues arising over the last 12 months which impact the 2022 annual report and the AGM in 2023. For further information or to obtain a copy of our briefing on preparing your annual report and AGM notice in 2023, please email one of the Corporate...