Unexplained Wealth Orders: How might this new investigative tool affect you?

From 31 January 2018, UK authorities can use new and expansive investigative powers to require both individuals and corporate bodies to provide information as to how they acquired property. Known as Unexplained Wealth Orders (“UWOs”), these new obligations to disclose information can apply to property anywhere in the world and can be served on persons … Read more


In the latest decision in the long running Pugachev dispute, the High Court considered the effect of five trusts set up by Mr Pugachev, and whether the trusts were shams. Birss J held that he would have been prepared to declare the five trusts shams, but on the true interpretation of the trust documents and … Read more

Private Groups and Trusts under ATO scrutiny

The ATO in Australia continues to target privately owned and wealthy groups, with specific focus on groups with risky trust structures that exhibit characteristics of tax avoidance or evasion. Read more

Corporate tax rate cut – passive income exclusion

As part of the Australian Government’s Enterprise Tax Plan, the corporate tax rate has been reduced to 27.5 per cent for entities that satisfy the annual turnover threshold requirement, which applies progressively from $10 million in the 2016-17 income year to $50 million in the 2018-19 income year. The Government released for consultation on 18 … Read more

HSF private wealth and tax disputes teams bolstered with a raft of new hires

Herbert Smith Freehills’ continued growth in the areas of tax disputes and private wealth has been reflected in a string of new lawyers joining the firm. James Rickards has joined the firm’s London office after 15 years’ practice as a barrister at Outer Temple chambers. James has a wide range of experience across trusts and … Read more