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Insolvency – Court Delves Into Alleged ‘Spinning Top’ Tax Avoidance Scheme

Insolvency professionals are familiar with so-called ‘spinning top’ schemes, whereby money is moved in a perpetual circle to create an illusion of loss or investment with the sole objective of avoiding tax. The High Court delved into one such alleged scheme but rejected claims that it was unconscionable or in breach of trust. The case concerned an insolvent...

High Court Green Lights 377-Home Greenfield Development

Housebuilding on green fields can be intensely controversial but objections often have to give way before the ever-widening gap between supply and demand. In one case that illustrated the point, the High Court opened the way for construction of 377 new homes close to an area of outstanding natural beauty. The local authority acknowledged that it did not have a...

Tribunal Aids Divorcee Defrauded of Her Stake in Matrimonial Home

Fraud can be difficult to detect but judges are alert to the problem and will bend over backwards to assist victims of deceit. In one case, a tribunal came to the aid of a divorcee whose ex-husband used forged documents to defraud her of her half share of the former matrimonial home. The house had been purchased in the former couple’s joint names prior to...

Rules May Be Rules but Blanket Policies Are Unwise

Some forms of misconduct may appear so serious that dismissal is the only option. However, one case in which a hospital radiographer was sacked for mishandling confidential patient information showed that blanket policies are rarely a good idea and that room should be left for considering each case on its own facts. The woman had used confidential information in...

Entrepreneur Wins Right to Pursue £4 Million Professional Negligence Claim

An entrepreneur who claims that he missed out on a £4 million business opportunity due to a law firm’s negligence in drafting a company sale agreement has had fresh life breathed into his compensation claim by the Court of Appeal. The man was the sole shareholder of a company (company A) that had developed an innovative range of products. His intention had...