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It is easy to be wise after the event but given the ending of quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve last year (and therefore no more extra dollars being “printed”) simple economic theory would predict that the price of something no longer in excess supply should rise. And it did! From the end of […]

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Experts warn of pensions brain drain as Webb and McClymont lose seats

The pensions industry is reeling after leading figures lost their seats, resulting in a pensions ‘brain drain’ in the House of Commons. Pensions minister and Liberal Democrat Steve Webb, shadow pensions minister Gregg McClymont, shadow Treasury minister Cathy Jamieson and work and pensions select committee chair Dame Anne Begg all lost their seats. Hargreaves Lansdown […]

Tony Wickenden: Rules of law on deeds of variation

At the end of my series on deeds of variation I would like to consider some of the relevant case law. The first is Lau v HMRC 2009. The case of Mrs Maynard Lau (the Executrix of Werner Lau Deceased) v HMRC [2009] Spc 0740 (18 March 2009) before the Special Commissioners illustrates the principle […]

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Adrian Walker: Pension tax relief in the crosshairs

Pension tax relief has come under fire this month as the three main political parties unveiled their election manifestos. First to be revealed was the Labour plan to restrict tax relief for top-rate taxpayers (around 300,000 people) to the same level as basic-rate payers: i.e. 20 per cent. The cut would begin at £150,000, tapering […]

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