Two Half-Day Seminars

Chair: Robert Venables Q.C.

Date: 30/04/2014

Price: £599.00 + VAT

Note: This is for both the morning and afternoon sessions combined. If you would like to book a place in either the morning or afternoon sessions separately, please click here


About the Seminar

HMRC is proposing to tighten the screws on the taxpayers who pay for everything. They are seeking unprecedented powers which would make them prosecutor, judge and jury, without appeal to the courts. Hyper-honest persons who have made perhaps unnecessary DOTAS disclosures will now be penalised for having done so. Close Companies, Partnerships, Workers under Contractor and other arrangements, Trusts and Estates and home-owners are all specifically targeted in recent and proposed changes.

A panel of five barristers, all practising from Tax Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, will advise tax planners how best to cope in the new environment.


Robert VenablesQ.C.,Chairman - Amanda Hardy - Patrick Canon -

Harriet Brown - OliverMarre





09.00 Registration and tea/coffee

09.30 Chairman’s Introduction to Morning Session followed by:

TAX PLANNING IN 2014: HOW TO COPE  - Robert Venables Q.C.

Trial by Public Perception - Ignorant Politicians - The Press and T.V. - The British Public - The Judiciary - How Tax Planners Can Cope - DOTAS - The GAAR -  HMRC and “Tax Avoidance” - “Raising the Stakes on Tax Avoidance” - “Tackling marketed tax avoidance”- “Promoters of Tax Avoidance Schemes and DOTAS” - Settling with HMRC - HMRC’s General Litigation and Settlement Strategy - The Employee Benefit Trust Settlement Proposal


“High Risk Promoters”: FA 2014 changes -  Aims and effects of the new rules·         “Normal” advisers caught as “promoters” - Ensuring you don’t meet tests for issue of “conduct notices” - New penalties and extended enquiry periods - Advising clients on “sensible” tax savings under the new rules

11.15 Discussion Session with Coffee

12.00      GUILTY UNTIL PROVED INNOCENT - Robert Venables Q.C.

HMRC as Prosecutor, Judge and Jury - Proposed Obligation to Pay Tax in Dispute: Retrospectivity “Raising the stakes on tax avoidance” and “Tackling marketed tax avoidance” Proposals - Consequences for DOTAS Disclosures - Premium on New Strategies

12.45 Questions to Morning Panel on Morning Session

13.00 Close of Morning Session light refreshments for delegates attending both morning and afternoon seminars

13.30 Registration for afternoon seminar

14.00 Chairman’s Introduction to Afternoon Session

14.05 Trustees and Executors - Harriet Brown

Impact of FACTA on Trusts Resident in the UK and elsewhere outside the USA- Inheritance Tax Deductibility of Debts on Death: the new rules - Changes to capital gains tax Principal Residence Relief: anti-M.P. proposals - obtaining dependent relative relief through trusts

14.45 Offshore (and Onshore) Intermediaries - Robert Venables Q.C. and Oliver Marre

Result of Consultation - Proposed Changes in the Law - Agency Workers - IR35 - Managed Service Companies - Income Tax - National Insurance Contributions - Contractor Strategies under the New Regime - Boyle v IRC

15.30 Loans etc. From Close Companies - Amanda Hardy

Finance Act 2013 Changes - Extension of Quasi-Corporation Tax Charges - Deemed non-repayment  of loans- Benefits, direct or indirect, from Close Companies

16.15 Discussion Session with Tea

16.30 Proposed Changes to Taxation of Partnerships - Robert Venables Q.C.

Partnerships with Corporate and Non-Individual Partners - LL.P's

17.00 Questions to Afternoon Panel on Afternoon Session

17.30 Close of Seminar


The Seminar will be split into two sessions, morning and afternoon, a place at either of   both which can be booked.  Delegates attending both sessions will qualify for a discounted price.

Morning or Afternoon Seminar £399 + value added tax.

Both seminars (same delegate) £599 + value added tax.

  For booking contact key Haven Publications Ltd, PO Box 669, Oxford, OX3  3AU, Tel 01865 352121,  email:, or visit


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