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David Cameron – currently on a four – day tour of South East Asia has vowed to expose the use of “anonymous shell companies” to buy luxury UK properties. Shell companies are non-trading companies that serve a particular purpose for their owners. As part of a global crack down on money laundering the PM advised…

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The Criminal Bar Association (CBA), which has approximately 4,000 members in England and Wales, voted narrowly in favour of refusing to work on new cases paid at lower legal aid rates that came into effect on 1 July. About 55% voted in favour and 45% were against. Criminal barristers will also adopt a policy of…

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A McKenzie friend assists a litigant in person in a court of law in England and Wales. A McKenzie does not need to be legally qualified. The crucial point is that litigants in person are entitled to have assistance, lay or professional, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Legal aid cuts have meant that a growing…

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The government released a policy paper earlier this year addressing the various tax evasion and avoidance issues currently facing HMRC. One of the areas the policy paper highlighted was dealing with the tax affairs of wealthy individuals. In an attempt to cut down on fraud and maximize the amount of tax collected the High Net…

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New legislation introduced by the government regularly has a ripple effect of new law changes and revisions which can have significant implications for both defendants and lawyers. One such recent bill was the Offender Rehabilitation Act which could prove a big difference with criminal law defendants. What is The Offender Rehabilitation Act? Passed in March…

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Former multi millionaire and ex-banker Jonathan Weal was accused of hiding valuable art works including a JMW Turner painting worth £20 million during a £290,000 bankruptcy hearing the Inner London Crown Court has heard. Mr Weal declared his assets were “worthless” in 2012 (he even listed his underpants). However the painting entitled “fishing boats in…

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The City of London Police recently considered asking the Bank of England and financial regulators to make individuals – rather than banks – liable for fraud losses, according to an article in the Telegraph. With the advent of online banking many banks now offer advice to their customers regarding online security. Much of this is…

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In response to Googles new algorithm Ralli have announced the launch of their newly optimised website www.ralli.co.uk. Ralli Solicitors LLP are based in Manchester and London. Founded in 1973 by Stephen Fox and Sam Betesh. In 1997 Betesh Fox rebranded to become Ralli, this coincided with a move into Manchester City Centre to accommodate the…

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Following last weeks news regarding the largest law firm in Northern Ireland Kevin Winters and Company’s decision to quit all major cases.  Barristers in Northern Ireland have now made the decision to withdraw from all new criminal law cases. Advising that it was making the move “with deep regret”. In a statement on Tuesday mirroring…

Stephen Fox (Senior Partner) The Bribery Act is due to come into force in April 2011 with a short consultation period which will begin and conclude some time before that date. The Act introduces four new offences: 1. Active bribery including giving or offering a bribe in the private or public sector 2. Passive bribery including agreeing…