Parliament Votes For EU-wide Trust Transparency

The EU Parliament has voted to introduce a trust registry as part of recent amendments to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive. It is striking the amendments are included in legislation directed at tackling money laundering. Until recently, AML initiatives have been about compelling financial intermediaries to hold information about their clients – the well known…

Chancellor Widens ATED Tax Net in Budget 2014

The Chancellor in his 2014 Budget has announced an extension of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (“ATED”). ATED imposes an annual tax charge on residential property worth £2m or more held within corporates. The Chancellor has announced the charge is to be extended to a broader range of residential property, so that as of…

Guernsey Court Opens Door to Personal Liability for Trustees

The recent Guernsey decision in Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd & Bayeux Trustees Ltd v Glenalla Properties Ltd (2014) has far reaching consequences for Channel Island trustees administering foreign law trusts or entering into transactions not governed by the same law as their trust. As a matter of English law, trustees are personally liable to the…