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Accountancy Newsletter December 2015

Published 3 diciembre 2015

Hacked off? Accountants increasingly being targeted by hacking scams

Recently we have seen an increase in professionals who hold client money being targeted by hacking scams. Accountants are increasingly being targeted because they are used to handling, and moving on instruction, sums of money for their clients.

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Pre-packs – The latest attempt at transparency

An update on the implementation of the Graham Review, and what the future holds for pre-packs.

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Illegality defence remains uncertain - the latest from the Court of Appeal

The FSCS perspective on HMRC's accelerated payment notices campaign

No continuing contractual duty to correct investment advice

This month in Sharma v Top Brands Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1140 the Court of Appeal has again been asked to grapple with the question of when the illegality defence is available to defendants to actions brought by an insolvent company where the losses claimed are arguably tainted by the company's own fraudulent actions.

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The latest on HMRC's 'clamp down' on tax avoidance, including news on how the Financial Services Compensation Scheme represents another area of exposure.

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The recent High Court decision in Worthing and Another v Lloyds Bank Plc [2015] EWHC 2836 (QB), provides helpful guidance on the issue of continuing duties of care of professionals in the context of the provision of investment advice.

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Claims against trustees in bankruptcies and the trustees' duty to the bankrupt

For in-house counsel: practical implications of managing litigation

Regulation round up

The recent case of Oraki v Bramston and Defty [2015] EWHC 2046 (Ch) concerned former bankrupts' claims of professional negligence against trustees in bankruptcy (trustees).

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The Jackson reforms were aimed at increasing the efficiency and reducing the costs of litigation. Since the implementation of the reforms on 1 April 2013, the litigation landscape has changed and in-house counsel who manage litigation at accounting and audit firms should be aware of the practical effects.

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The Financial Reporting Council's 2016/19 strategy, pre-pack reforms and EU proposals on profit-shifting.

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Authors

Richard Highley

Richard Highley

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6470

William Naylor

William Naylor

London - Walbrook

+44(0)20 7894 6507

Giles Hindle

Giles Hindle

Bristol

+44 (0)117 918 2195

Julian Miller

Julian Miller

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6859

Pippa Ellis

Pippa Ellis

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6252

Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6930

Declan Finn

Declan Finn

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6935

Ross Risby

Ross Risby

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6910

Suzanne Wharton

Suzanne Wharton

Leeds

+44 (0)113 251 4775

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