HMRC has let it be known that it is "unimpressed" with Clifford Chance. Seemingly the legal firm has been briefing potential tax clients that their tax affairs can be kept secret, if they approach lawyers rather than go to accountants.
An HMRC spokesman recently told the media:
"We're well aware of this and we're very unimpressed.
There will be some developments and there will be a discussion with Clifford Chance on the way."
Legal professional privilege is a basic common law right.
Were HMRC to overturn that basic right, it would be tampering with one of the main foundations of English law.
Does HMRC consider itself to be above the law?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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