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Swiss police raid HSBC’s Geneva base

Swiss prosecutors have today raided the offices of HSBC’s Swiss private bank over suspected aggravated money laundering.

A statement from the Geneva prosecutor’s office says: “A search is currently underway in the premises of the bank, led by attorney general Olivier Jornot and the prosecutor Yves Bertossa.

An HSBC spokesman says: “We have cooperated continuously with the Swiss authorities since first becoming aware of the data theft in 2008 and we continue to cooperate.”

The raid comes after the City of London Police confirmed it has yet to be contacted by UK tax office, despite HM Revenue & Customs telling MPs on 11 February that staff would be meeting with “relevant authorities” imminently.


Govt opens married tax break registrations

A new scheme to provide tax breaks to married couples and civil partnerships has opened for registration. The new Marriage Allowance will be formally launched from 6 April, and allows spouses and partners who don’t pay tax to transfer up to £1,060 of their tax free allowance to their partner, as long as the recipient […]

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Out of context: ‘Make sure you’re wearing your special pants’

“Make sure you’re wearing your special pants” Fidelity press officer Steffi Ives does her best to excite MM hack Sam Brodbeck about the arrival of her latest press release “It needs to be more touchy feely” Apfa director general Chris Hannant has a strange criticism of the Pension Wise website “You might want to take […]

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Johnson Fleming set to host webinar on auditing auto-enrolment schemes

With 23 auto-enrolment compliance notices issued by the Pensions Regulator, and an evolving legislative landscape meaning previously compliant schemes may now be in breach of regulation, now is the time to think about auditing your auto-enrolment scheme. Johnson Fleming is hosting a webinar on 9 October at 11:00 on how to audit your scheme to ensure compliance, avoid breaches and fines and overcome data issues.


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