Practical Tax Planning 2017 – Key Haven Seminar: Oxford


35th Annual Oxford Four-Silk Residential Seminar and Workshop 


Wednesday September 27th to Friday 29th September 

Merton College, Oxford

Early Bird Price £1,180 + VAT Full price £1400 plus VAT. Earlybird Price £1,180.00 plus VAT per delegate before 1st August 2017, to include, accommodation within the college, meals, wines, conference and notes. Booking details below. The aim of this year’s residential seminar is once again to examine, in the congenial atmosphere of an historic Oxford College, practical solutions to the ever changing fiscal complications to modern life. In addition to talks, a key feature of the Seminar is the Workshop in which case studies and problem papers raising current tax planning issues are considered. This is the 35th Annual Conference, once discovered, many delegates come every year and newcomers are always made welcome.  

SPEAKERS Robert Venables Q.C. (Chairman) James Kessler Q.C. Amanda Hardy Q.C. Christopher Coltart Q.C. Keith Gordon Patrick Cannon Peter Vaines Rory Mullan Oliver Marre 

The speakers are all practising barristers.  They all practise from Old Square Tax Chambers, 15 Old Square Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3UE, except Christopher Coltart Q.C., who practises from 2 Hare Court, Temple EC4Y 7BH,  Keith Gordon who practises from 3 Temple Gardens, EC4Y 9AU and Peter Vaines who practises from Field Court Tax Chambers, 3 Field Court, Gray’s Inn, WC1R 5EP.


WEDNESDAY September 28th 

12.00 Arrival and Registration

13.00 Lunch Merton College

14.00 Chairman’s Introduction

14.10  Directors and Employees – Robert Venables Q.C. Disguised Remuneration: the 2017 Disguised Rules – April 5th 2019 Charge.  The Supreme Court Decision in Murray Group Holdings.  Planning

15.00 The GAAR and Penalties for Enablers of Tax Avoidance – Patrick Cannon The GAAR: the new penalty regime, provisional counteraction notices, binding notices and pooling notices.  Penalties for Enablers of Tax Avoidance: limited scope of regime – is it compatible with the Human Rights Act?

15.45 Deemed Domicile Rules – Oliver Marre New Deemed Domiciled Rules – Income and Gains of Protected Settlements

16.30 Discussion Session with Tea

16.45 – 18.00 Introduction to Workshop Papers

19.00 Pre-dinner drinks followed by dinner in the Great Hall


09.30 Chairman’s Introduction

09.35  Tax Planning for Non-UK Domiciled or Non-UK Resident Directors and Employees – Amanda Hardy Q.C.

10.20 Inheritance Tax on Indirectly Held UK Residences – Peter Vaines The New Rules – Properties Held in Companies, Trusts and Partnerships – Creditor’s Rights – Planning

11.05 Discussion Session with Coffee

11.20 Transfer of Assets Abroad Provisions 2017 – Rory Mullan

12.05 How to Avoid Discovery Assessments – Keith Gordon

12.50  Lunch

15.00 Discussion of Problem Papers in Workshop Groups

15.45 Discussion Session with Tea

16.00 – 18.00 Continuation of Discussion of Problem Papers in Workshop Groups

19.15 Pre dinner drinks

19.45 Gala Dinner Merton College (Black-Tie Optional) in the Great Hall


09.30  Chairman’s Introduction

09.35 Tax and the Criminal Law:  A Shift in the Landscape – Christopher Coltart Q.C. The current regime re tax evasion:  present offences (all of which require proof of dishonesty); HMRC investigations policy and COP9 · The new individual strict liability offence of offshore tax evasion ·The new corporate offence of facilitating tax evasion (whether offshore or domestic)

10.10  Charities Law and Tax Update and Social Investment Relief – James Kessler Q.C. Charity Tax Law Update: Cases, Legislation and HMRC Practice – Social Investment Relief and and 2017 changes – Charity Commission Inquiries

10.45 Discussion Session with Coffee

11.00  Discussion of Problem Papers in Plenary Session followed by Questions to Speakers

12.45 Lunch

 Post Lunch Close of Seminar


For booking application and conditions please contact: E-mail:

Key Haven Publications Ltd, PO Box 669, Oxford OX3 3AU Tel: 01865 352121;  Fax: 01865 351081;


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