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‘Known unknowns’

 I recently had lunch with one of the team tasked with making Brexit work. Tight-lipped and professional as she rightly was on the subject, it was still a fascinating conversation about the theories, challenges and possibilities of this historic event. [...]

March 13, 2017 Art and Antiques
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QCs and accountants in the firing line as HMRC confirms it plans to seize more than £100m from professional advisors

Confirmation that footballers ‘image rights’ may face clampdown  In the Budget, HMRC confirmed that it planned to seize £115m in the next five years from professional advisors who have enabled another person or business to use a tax avoidance arrangement [...]

March 9, 2017 Independent Financial Advice
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A major advance in prostate cancer diagnosis.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. It often causes no symptoms, but men who are worried about it can request a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. [...]

March 2, 2017 Health and Beauty

Taking it to the sweet: Neil McLachlan is taking his operation global

He has always crossed oceans to satisfy clients but with so many asking for ever-more-exotic and hard-to-source materials, he is finding New Zealand an odd mix of paradise and remote outpost. “Locally, I can usually find tradesmen with the necessary [...]

March 1, 2017 House & Home
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Taking advantage of the new rules allowing barristers to incorporate

  Since April 2015 barristers have been able to incorporate, gaining the advantages of trading as a limited company rather than as sole traders. The company must be owned by lawyers, but not necessarily barristers. Even this restriction is due [...]

February 20, 2017 Independent Financial Advice

8 Essential Tax Savings ideas and Tax Year end checklist

The check list: 1.    Capital Gains Tax relief Review your investments and gains made to date. Have you made use of the £11,000 for yourself and your spouse? If not does it make sense to sell some of the investments [...]

February 12, 2017 Independent Financial Advice

“A one percent cut in fees can secure an extra decade or more of comfortable retirement” says Netwealth

  The average UK wealth manager charges 1.8% a year. Lower fees offered by some challenger brands could considerably extend the life of a pension pot. Research by wealth manager Netwealth Investments shows that a saver in mid-career who invests [...]

November 30, 2016 Independent Financial Advice

Bar in the Community launches new trustees finding website

Bar in the Community has launched a new website at www.BarintheCommunity.org.uk making it even easier for charities to find trustees with a legal background. Following a successful Trustees Week and National Pro Bono Week highlighting the ongoing and unmet demand [...]

November 15, 2016 Uncategorized
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Personal wealth management for barristers: A new approach

After a 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, the last 5 of which as co-head of private wealth for EMEA and Asia, I found myself in a state of paralysis when it came to my own finances. I knew that I [...]

September 3, 2016 Independent Financial Advice
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Brexit – What now? The Scrutiny Starts Here

The House of Lords European Union Committee, Parliament’s biggest body that scrutinises EU legislation and policies, will next week start its scrutiny of the process for the UK exiting the EU. The Committee, and its six sub-committees, are holding a [...]

August 31, 2016 Uncategorized