Hybrid seminar on Cryptoassets, Securities and Mistakes

8th February 2022, 3:45 PM

Old Square Tax Chambers hosted its first hybrid seminar on the 8th of February 2022.

James Kessler QCJulian Hickey, and Jon-Selous Borlace spoke on Cryptoassets, Securities and Mistakes.

This seminar took place for the first time in the Ashworth Centre of Lincolns Inn.

Seminar Timetable

15:45 – 16:13 Tea & Coffee

16:14: Zoom video will begin

16:15 – 16:50Julian Hickey 
Title: Relief for mistake: when will a court unwind a voluntary transfer in light of Bhaur & Others v Equity First Trustees (Nevis) Limited & Others [2021] EWHC 2581 and other recent tax cases?


  • What is a mistake?
  • When can a voluntary disposition be set aside?
  • When is the court likely to grant or refuse relief? Is relief available for tax planning?
  • What are the tax consequences if relief is granted?
  • How to make a claim for mistake.

16:50 – 17:25: Jon-Selous Borlace 
Bitcoin and other crypto assets – where are we now?: A discussion of the current law and guidance relating to the tax treatment of cryptoassets

  • When will a crypto investor be ‘trading’ for tax purposes;
  • Where are bitcoin and other cryptoassets situate for the purposes of CGT & IHT; and
  • Related tax matters which arise from the world of crypto.

17:25 – 18:00: James Kessler QC
Title: Intermediated securities


  • Situs
  • Source
  • Other tax issues

18:00 – 18:15: Questions to the speakers

18:15 -20:00: Drinks 

Please see the link below to the recording of the seminar.

Recording: https://15oldsquareo365-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/dnixon_15oldsquare_co_uk/EY38eHSFhnFKiJyqMVf81dEBzkUwlX7AThBOnTFWo2rKNQ?e=IJvvlx

Password: Crypto2022!

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