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Accountancy Newsletter September 2015

Published On: 9 September 2015

When will communications with regulators be privileged?

FRC dishonesty decisions - Woodbridge and Jarvis 

Court of Appeal finds accountants liable to a lender for the full amount of a loan, despite significant loan repayments 

In the recent interlocutory judgment of Property Alliance Group Limited v Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, that will be of interest to accountants, the courts have provided useful guidance on the question of whether communications with regulators will be privileged in subsequent proceedings.

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In two recent decisions, the FRC has demonstrated what it will want to be viewed as an uncompromising approach that it will take to cases involving dishonesty.

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In the recent case of Swynson Ltd v Lowick Rose LLP, the Court of Appeal gave guidance on how damages should be assessed when loss has been avoided.

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Tax avoidance schemes

Littlewoods v HMRC

Recent figures released by HMRC record the progress that they have made in seeking early repayment of tax under the Accelerated Payment Notice (APN) regime. This article also addresses recent investor judicial review applications, and the outlook for claims against the profession.

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Court of Appeal case Littlewoods Limited and others v The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs [2015] provides guidance on valuing the benefit received by defendants in claims for unjust enrichment.

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Bankruptcy - Change ahead

The Insolvency Service has confirmed in the summer edition of its quarterly newsletter that applications for bankruptcy orders by debtors (as distinct to creditors) will be moving from the Courts to an online portal run by the Insolvency Service with effect from April 2016.

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