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Real Estate Tax Changes - Autumn 2021

The last few months have seen several significant developments in relation to tax. Whilst perhaps the most headlines were generated by the OECD’s announcement that agreement has been reached on the introduction of important changes to global corporate tax rules, there have been several noteworthy developments from a domestic tax perspective, including the provision by the UK government of more details of the new tax on residential property developers and the new tax privileged regime for asset holding companies, both of which are due to come into force next April.

Impact of OECD International Tax Reform Plan

On 8 October 2021 the OECD updated its statement setting out the framework for international tax reform. The two-pillar plan will require the UK and other OECD members to make major changes to their domestic tax law over the next couple of years.

Change is in the air for UK data protection law

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) recently launched a consultation on reform of UK data protection laws, with the twin objectives of strengthening public trust in the use of data, and helping to drive economic growth and innovation. The consultation builds on the Government's National Data Strategy, published last year which set out plans to build a world leading data economy that works for everyone. 'Unlocking the power of data' is also one of the Government's top 10 tech priorities, and the Government's recently published National AI Strategy also highlights the importance of this consultation and the role of data protection in wider AI governance.  

A blizzard of regulatory reform: did you miss anything?

2021 has seen the UK Government and regulators engage in a blizzard of consultations and draft legislation, proposing reforms across a wide range of areas. The sheer volume makes it difficult for businesses to keep on top of changes that might affect them.

ESG: from policies to practice, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) ESG Conference 2021

In this session from the PLSA's inaugural ESG Conference (July 2021), Pensions Partner Andy Lewis, Partner and Head of Financial Services and Markets Tim Lewis and Senior Consultant Simon Witney discuss key questions that can arise for pension schemes looking develop their ESG policies and beliefs and translate these into practical action. How can schemes fit these specific regulations into the bigger picture of their overall duties and operations without getting lost in the detail?

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