Training & Knowledge: Leon Kazakos QC

2nd Mar 2021Blog

Insolvencies, Pensions and Prosecutions

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 (PSA) received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021, after a long journey through Parliament. It began with a White Paper and then consultation paper in 2018, both of which advertised a stated aim of the enacting of a new criminal offence for company directors whose actions place a pension scheme […]

29th Oct 2019Newsletters

Corporate Transparency and Register Reform

In May this year the Government (BEIS together with Companies House) opened a consultation into Corporate Transparency and Register Reform, as part of the continuing drive to increase the transparency of UK corporate entities and to help combat the risk of fraud and the misuse of information. The aim is to reduce the risk of […]

8th Oct 2019Newsletters

Thakrar and the Ramifications for Private Prosecutors

In Thakrar v Crown Prosecution Service [2019] EWCA Civ 874, the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) ended any hopes of resurrecting a private prosecution for the alleged theft of industrial quantities of plastics and gave guidance as to the limits of appellate jurisdiction in the context of judicial review in private prosecutions. The case had […]

4th Dec 2018Newsletters

DOTAS: Houdini’s Escape?

Houdini was a masterful illusionist famed for his escapology. The recent judgment given by the Upper Tribunal in The First De Sales Limited and Ors -v- The Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs [2018] UKUT 396 (TCC) confirmed that the Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Scheme (“DOTAS”) that was struck out by the FTT on application […]

17th Oct 2018Newsletters

Transparency and Overseas Ownership of UK Property The Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill

The drive to enhance and improve transparency in the beneficial ownership of corporate entities generally began in earnest in March 2016 with the publication of a discussion paper to explore whether the Government should legislate to create a beneficial ownership register of overseas companies that own UK property or participate in government procurement. The result […]