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IT Boss Resorted to £300,000 Tax Fraud to Save Her Business

Small businesses are often like families and directors feel a very personal obligation towards their employees. However, in one striking case, a woman’s battle to keep her IT company afloat and her staff in work led to her imprisonment for tax fraud. The middle-aged woman told her employees that she was deducting Income Tax and National Insurance from their...

More Administrators Needed to Cope with Retailer’s Collapse

When companies fall into insolvency the courts are often heavily involved in ensuring that creditors’ interests are properly protected. That was certainly so in one case in which the High Court sanctioned the appointment of two additional administrators to assist in the immense task of settling the affairs of a troubled national retailer. The retailer reported...

Free Employee Bus Pass a Taxable Benefit, Tribunal Rules

Fringe benefits provided to employees are usually taxable – but there are exceptions, and one of them came under detailed scrutiny in a case involving a free bus pass issued to a local authority worker. The council had in the past operated a scheme whereby its employees were given the opportunity to sacrifice part of their salaries in return for a free pass on...

Dispute Resolution in London the Oil on Wheels of International Trade

The English commercial courts are truly multinational and are often seen as the oil on the wheels of world trade. In one case, the High Court in London was considered the right venue in which to resolve a $6 million contract dispute between Liberian ship owners and Nigerian oil traders. The underlying dispute concerned alleged mis-delivery of six oil cargoes and...

Fairness Comes First in Resolution of Contract Disputes

Where the rights and wrongs of a contract dispute are in no real doubt, the courts can swiftly deliver justice – however, where matters are less clear, fairness will usually demand a full trial. One case that illustrated the point involved a training company that was stripped of its right to award certain qualifications. Under a written contract, the company...

The Corporate Veil Will Not Protect Those Who Wilfully Default on PAYE

Company directors are under a personal duty to ensure that National Insurance (NI) and Income Tax (IT) liabilities are met and the corporate veil will not protect them in the event of wilful default. In one case, two businessmen were hit hard in the pocket after they continued to pay themselves generous salaries whilst their company struggled and its IT and NI...