International Tax Review selects four partners at Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP as Tax Controversy Leaders
Four of JHA's partners have been selected as highly regarded individuals in the latest edition of Tax Controversy Leaders. This guide by Euromoney's International Tax Review, in association with World Tax, selects the leading Tax Controversy lawyers worldwide based on independent research, including client and peer interviews. Graham Aaronson QC, Michael Anderson, Paul Farmer and Simon Whitehead from JHA's tax disputes team have all been included in the guide. In recent weeks, JHA's contentious tax team has once again achieved top tier rankings in both The Legal 500 UK and Chambers and Partners UK 2020 guides. JHA remains the only law firm to have achieved such rankings in both guides every year since its inception. These continued successes by the firms' tax team demonstrate its market-leading position, which is the result of JHA's unique model of employing expert solicitors, barristers and forensic accountants to offer clients unparalleled service, combined with its experts close working relationships with clients. You can find the Tax Controversy Leaders list for the UK here.
The DBKAG & K (CJEU) decision: an opportunity for investment funds?
On 17 June 2021, the European Court decided the joint cases K (C-58/20) and DBKAG (C-59/20) regarding whether the supply of certain services constituted the “management of special investment funds”, benefiting from the VAT exemption enshrined in Article 135(1)(g) of Council Directive 2006/112/EC.
Raising the bar: UK Supreme Court clarifies the requirements for HMRC to issue Follower Notices
On 2 July 2021, the Supreme Court delivered its judgment in R (on the application of Haworth) v HMRC  UKSC 25, finding unanimously in favour of the taxpayer and upholding the Court of Appeal’s decision to quash the follower notice issued to him.
The Danish Supreme Court decides the Fidelity case
The Fidelity case concerned claims brough by three undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) for the repayment of Danish withholding tax on dividends received from companies resident in Denmark between 2000 and 2009. The Supreme Court rejected the claims on the grounds that the Fidelity UCITS did not fulfil the conditions for the exemption provided by Danish law.
A yellow card for footballers and their agents……let’s bring in another match official
There has been long running tension between HMRC and the way that footballers and their agents are remunerated. As the Professional Footballers’ Association wade into the debate, Helen McGhee discusses the problems arising from agents’ fees and image rights.