Trust Registration Service: Update

Background

All trusts with a UK tax liability have been required to register under the Tax Registration Service (TRS) since March 2018. Following the country’s adoption of the EU’s 5th Money Laundering Directive, the scope of the TRS has been expanded. As a result of the change, all existing UK trusts and some non-UK trusts, irrespective of whether the trust has a UK tax liability, need to now register with HMRC too, unless they fall within the list of excluded trusts.

What are excluded trusts?

 Excluded trusts include but are not limited to:

  • charitable trusts;
  • will trusts (for the first two years after date of death only);
  • co-ownership trusts where legal and beneficial owners are the same person;
  • bank accounts for minors;
  • trusts for bereaved minors or adults aged 18-25;
  • trusts of life policies paying out on death, terminal illness or disability;
  • trusts imposed by courts or created by legislation.

It is important to note that bare trusts have not been excluded and, therefore, will be required to register.

What information is required?

The following information will need to be provided:

  • trust name;
  • status;
  • details of assets;
  • reference numbers of settlor, trustees and beneficiaries.
Who is the information available to?

 The register can be viewed by HMRC and law enforcement authorities.

What is the registration deadline?

 The deadline for registrations for non-taxable trusts is 1 September 2022.

Are there any other deadlines?

 Both taxable and non-taxable trusts will have 90 days to report any changes.  If the trust is taxable, a declaration that the trust is up to date needs to be made on an annual basis by 31 January.

What to do next?

 Trustees have a legal duty to comply with the HMRC reporting requirements. If you have any questions, please contact us, and we will advise on the above.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact James Cohen directly on jcohen@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2257, or Alla Stepanyants on astepanyants@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2222.

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Machine Learning engineer? Why you should consider the UK for your next move

LinkedIn has listed Machine Learning Engineer as second place in this year’s 20 most in-demand job titles in the UK. Top locations for this position include London, Cambridge and Edinburgh, and employers are generally asking for around three years of experience. Interestingly, while Data Engineers and Back End Developer roles are also in demand, London and Manchester are the most popular locations.

If you’re thinking of relocating here, the UK is attractive for many reasons; here are just a few:

  • The average base pay for a Machine Learning Engineer is £51,487, and it goes up to a six-figure salary for the right person (Glassdoor[1]).
  • The UK is ranked third in the world for private venture capital investment into AI companies; in 2019, investment into the UK reached almost £2.5bn. It’s also home to a third of Europe’s total AI companies.
  • More and more Unicorn start-ups[2] are making their presence felt in the UK, with three in four of the UK’s unicorn companies based in London. As this includes all 20 fintech unicorns[3], the demand for a skilled workforce couldn’t be higher.
  • The UK offers the most flexible visa for specialists and highly skilled individuals. The traditional Skilled Worker visa route is readily available if you qualify to enter the UK market on a sponsored route.
  • Alternatively, the Global Talent Visa offers great flexibility if you’re a highly accomplished ML engineer. A successful application will get you through a fast-track route to permanent residency status after three years and you wouldn’t be bonded to any employer throughout the visa duration.

The UK also offers a fantastic work-life balance for professionals with a family. With excellent commuting routes, you wouldn’t necessarily have to live in London. With access to an exceptional school system and being strategically located geographically, it’s a smooth ride for your family members if they relocate to the UK with you.

At GSC Solicitors LLP, we advise clients on all aspects of Immigration, UK tax, and UK employment law. If you’re considering moving to the UK for work, get in touch with our specialist immigration team to discuss your options. Call our Private & Corporate Immigration expert Shareena Rahman on +44 (0)20 7822 2222 or email srahman@gscsolicitors.com

[1] https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salaries/machine-learning-engineer-salary-SRCH_KO0,25.htm

[2] https://startupsoflondon.com/the-complete-list-of-unicorn-startups-in-the-uk-2021/

[3] https://www.beauhurst.com/research/unicorn-companies/

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GSC Solicitors LLP hosts a roundtable discussion with Malaysian women business leaders

GSC Solicitors LLP were delighted to host a roundtable discussion with The Hon. Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamarudin, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia. She is also the Chairman of the Malaysian Women Political Council. She was joined by a delegation of 5 women business leaders from Malaysia. The event was led by Shareena Rahman, Immigration Advisor.

Also in attendance were GSC’s Senior Associate Solicitor / Higher Courts Advocate Sana Sheikh, Mei Sim Lai OBE DL, Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, Sabila Din, Zehan Albakri Verden, Rie Hamagguchi, and Aimee Alado all of whom are representatives of prominent businesswomen based in London.

The Hon. Minister and our guests discussed topics relating to women empowerment and the two main topics discussed were:

  1. Women in business – East vs West – the challenges of setting up a business for women in today’s climate
  2. Women work force – The current challenges and how we can improve the women work force?

The attendees from the British and Malaysian delegation shared their personal experience of running large organisations and how they have since made the pathway for younger women to follow. The attendees also discussed the core issues on the importance of setting up strong foundations and to give back by helping other women on their road to success.

GSC in the Press – Entrepreneur Tribune: GSC Solicitors advises longstanding client on £420m acquisition

 

Source: https://entrepreneurtribune.com/gsc-solicitors-advises-longstanding-client-queensway-on-tristan-capital-partners-420m-acquisition-of-point-a-hotels/ 

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GSC Queensway Tristan Deal

GSC SOLICITORS ADVISES LONGSTANDING CLIENT QUEENSWAY ON TRISTAN CAPITAL PARTNERS £420M ACQUISITION OF POINT A HOTELS

City law firm GSC Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce that it advised longstanding client Queensway in the £420M acquisition of a majority holding in Raag Hotels Limited which owns Point A Hotels, by Tristan Capital Partners’ European Property Investors Special Opportunities 6 (EPISO 6) Fund. Queensway will remain a minority partner but with management and development responsibility.

The Point A portfolio comprises 1,520 rooms in 10 hotels, with 80% of its value in London and in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin. Under the new partnership, Queensway will co-invest and act as hotel operator, asset manager and development partner for future sites.

Commenting on the transaction, Lead corporate partner Clive Halperin/Peter Belcher, Head of GSC’s Hotel & Leisure team said: “We were delighted to assist our longstanding client Queensway in respect of this complex matter. Under Queensway’s management, the Point A Hotels brand has developed a high-quality product at great value. We look forward to assisting our client further with its expansion plans in the future.”

Naushad Jivraj, CEO, Queensway said:
“GSC Solicitors has acted for Raag Hotels since its inception in relation to all seven London properties. We, at Queensway, are pleased to have been supported by them to form this new partnership with Tristan Capital Partners. We are excited by the next chapter of the Point A Hotels story as we, together with Tristan, continue to develop our product, brand and service to the ever-evolving needs of our guests.”

The Tristan EPISO 6 fund was advised by BCLP, Maples, Brodies, PWC, Savills, Artelia and Longevity.
Raag Hotels was advised by CBRE, Eastdil, Derek Gammage, DLA Piper, BDO and Voisin Law.
Queensway was advised by GSC Solicitors.

-ENDS-

For further information please contact Paul Jaffa at Myddleton Communications, London on +44 7957 433312 or paul.jaffa@myddleton.com.

Notes for editors
About GSC Solicitors LLP
GSC Solicitors LLP is a Legal 500 recommended commercial law firm based in the City of London. With a client base of innovators and thought leaders, home grown entrepreneurs, global brands and ultra-high-net worth individuals, the firm’s lawyers provide a wide range of services, from wealth management to corporate commercial, real estate, intellectual property and immigration to private client and trusts. The firm has a global portfolio, undertaking work in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East and in celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2022.

About Queensway
Queensway is a family-owned business that acquires, develops and operates a broad portfolio of real estate across the hospitality sector.
Founded in 1973, Queensway exists to bring teams together to create meaningful and memorable hospitality experiences for customers. The portfolio comprises a residential property business, Point A Hotels, Montagu Place Hotel, Sloane Place Hotel, The Sloane Club, ibis Styles Hotel Nairobi, sole franchisee for KFC in Austria and Slovakia and a franchise partnership with Starbucks in the UK. The Queensway organisation is made up of over 800 individuals across 50 locations in 5 countries, united by a shared DNA and core values.
For more information on Queensway, please visit www.queensway.com

About Point A Hotels
Small Hotels. Big Heart.
Point A Hotels believes a hotel should never just be a room. Across its 10 properties in central London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin, the brand aims to deliver heartfelt hospitality to everyone, no matter their budget. They define and customise their hotel offering to provide the best possible experience and value to their guests through thoughtful design, sincere service and active contributions to the local communities in which they operate.
Find out more: www.PointAHotels.com

The Register of Overseas Entities: Questions & Answers

Why is the Register of Overseas Entities being introduced?

The UK government is introducing a ‘Register of Overseas Entities’ to achieve transparency of property ownership where any UK property is held by an overseas entity. The government is looking to disincentivise foreign criminals from using UK property to launder money while continuing to provide legitimate businesses with an opportunity to invest in the United Kingdom.

The deadline for registration will be 6 months from the commencement of this new law.

Who will the measures apply to?

 The measures will apply to the following foreign owners of UK property:

  • any companies or legal entities governed by the law of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom
  • individuals who have significant influence or control over the entity.
 What property will the measures apply to?

 The measures will apply to property bought since January 1999 in England and Wales and since December 2014 in Scotland.

 What will the Register do?

The ‘Register of Overseas Entities’ will:

  • provide more information for law enforcement to assist with identifying criminals who use UK property to launder money
  • require anonymous foreign owners of UK property to reveal their identity
  • bring the regulations in line with those for UK companies owning property in the United Kingdom who are already obliged to disclose their beneficial owners to Companies House
  • impose sanctions for non-compliance.
What will foreign property owners have to do?

 This regime is modelled on the “People with Significant Control” (PSC) regime which is already in place for UK Companies. Foreign entities will now have to register their beneficial owners at Companies House.

Beneficial owners include those individuals who own more than 25% of the shares or have significant influence or control over the foreign entity.

 What will the sanctions for noncompliance be?

 There will be civil sanctions in the form of financial penalties of up to £500 per day, restrictions on dealing with property as well as criminal sanctions for both owners and managing officers.

 Review

 Currently there are approximately 90,000 properties in the UK that are owned by offshore companies and this new legislation has been sitting on the shelve for 4 years. However, it has taken the crisis in Ukraine to put this now on the top of the political agenda.

It is doubtful how this new legislation will succeed in dealing with those criminals or individuals on the Sanction list who use UK property to launder their funds. The flaws of the new legislation is the same as those being faced by the current PSC regime for UK Companies. The main disadvantages being that it is still possible to create structures so that the real individual is hidden from the register and that there is no mechanism to check that the information that is provided is true.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact James Cohen directly on jcohen@gscsolicitors.com or 0207 822 2257.

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Marking our 50th Anniversary

PRESS RELEASE

GSC Solicitors LLP: Celebrating 50 Years of the Legal Excellence

Year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of GSC Solicitors LLP. Its first (slightly) contentious issue?

The naming of the independent law firm. It’s just one of a series of ‘GSC Stories’ set to be published throughout 2022 to mark the half-centenary.

It was 1972. John Douglas Green and David Peter Conway, the firm’s founding partners, were putting final plans in place for the launch of the law firm that would later become known as GSC Solicitors LLP.

There was just one sticking point: the firm’s name. GSC Senior Partner Saleem Sheikh takes up the story:

“Discussions went back and forth but John and David simply couldn’t agree whose name would appear first. They decided to flip a coin and John won. The firm would be called Green Conway & Co.

Yet David felt a little aggrieved. He had been qualified slightly longer than John. Alphabetically his surname came first. Conway Green & Co? John refused. He’d won the coin flip fair and square.

“It was David’s mum who broke the deadlock and called John with a potential solution. John could have his name first, she said, but David wanted the firm to bear his full name.

So Green David Conway & Co was born. For years afterwards many clients assumed ‘David’ was the never seen silent partner.”

GSC Stories

Naming the firm is the first of many stories chosen to mark the golden anniversary of a law firm which has become synonymous with client relationships that span multiple generations.

It was while recalling those stories with Head of Marketing Zhanna Sutton that Saleem realised they were too good not to be told.

Zhanna says: “50 years in business is an important milestone and deserves to be celebrated. While talking with Saleem, other partners and members of the wider GSC family, it’s clear

that our stories are about more than legal cases. They are about people who shaped our history, the clients whose lives have been changed by those people and the legal precedents set in the highest courts.”

“Like every family, some of our stories are amusing, some inspiring, some profound and some moving. Together they define the legacy of GSC and now seemed the perfect time to capture them.”

During this year, GSC Solicitors LLP will share its stories, and Saleem sees a common thread running through each one.

“We are – and have always been – lawyers for life. We have never viewed our clients as ‘cases’, ‘legal problems’ and certainly not ‘fees’. We commit to our clients in real and significant ways

and they trust us to make a difference. We are their lawyers. But we are also so much more.

“It is that approach that has seen us grow for 50 years. That is what the GSC Stories reveal. And that is why we remain well positioned to thrive for the next 50.”

Application for the Ukrainian Humanitarian Route

Further support for Ukrainians fleeing Russia invasion

Thousands more Ukrainians will be welcomed to the UK as the Government continues its support for Ukraine in their fight against the Russian invasion.

The Prime Minister this morning (March 1) announced an expansion to our Ukrainian Humanitarian Route, which will increase the number of people from Ukraine who are eligible to come to the UK to be reunited with their families.

As well as immediate family members, British nationals and people of any nationality settled in the UK will now be supported to bring parents, grandparents, adult children and siblings to the UK. British nationals and people settled in the UK will be able to bring extended family members to the UK and sponsored humanitarian visa route will be established.

Assistance available to Ukrainian family members of British nationals and family members of Ukrainian residents in the UK.

The new changes will allow the arrival of Ukrainian immediate family members of families of British citizens and people living in the UK:

Who are considered to be the immediate family members?

  • Spouse/Unmarried partner
  • Children below 18 y/o
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Adult offspring above 18 y/o
  • Siblings and their immediate family members
  • a full-time relative you look after, who lives with you due to health

NO APPLICATION FEE

NO English language and salary requirements

People who successfully apply under this scheme will be granted an initial leave of 12 months.

If you meet the requirements and want your relatives to join you, please contact the hotline and apply.

You will be informed if you qualify to apply. You will also be given the information on how to submit the free application.

Telephone: +44 300 3032785 – select option 1 (0300 3032785 if you’re in the UK – select option 1)

Lines are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

This is a free phone number, but network charges may still apply.

Once you apply, you need to contact a visa centre in the neighbouring country to register biometric data after applying.

Visa centres where you can submit biometric data:

  • Poland- An additional visa centre has been created in Zhešuví, Poland.
  • Moldova
  • Hungary

Basic security checks will be carried out, taking into account Russia’s offensive actions regarding infiltration into Ukraine, but the UKVI will continue to accelerate this process and consider applications as soon as possible.

UKVI aims to process these applications within 24 hours from the date when the applicant registers his biometric information.

For any questions or assistance please do not hesitate to contact us directly on +44(0) 207 8222222 or get in touch with our Immigration experts, Hateem Ali on hali@gscsolicitors.com or +44(0)207 822 2209, or Shareena Rahman on srahman@gscsolicitors.com or +44(0)207 822 2222.

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-support-for-ukrainians-fleeing-russia-invasion

 

Investor visa route closure

The Home Office announced last week that they are shutting the ‘Golden visa’ Investor visa route with immediate effect. This is amid pressure on ministers to cut UK ties to Russia over the threat of invasion to Ukraine.

The UK investor visa was first introduced in 2008, and while the visa traditionally attracts Russian, Chinese and the Middle Eastern investors, it has recently attracted western investors post-Brexit.

In 2020, a total of 216 visas were issued; in 2019, the figure was 360. Figures show that mainland China was the largest source of successful applicants (23), followed by Russia (12), the US (10), Canada (8) and Hong Kong (5), Switzerland (2) and France (1).

The Home Office has announced that they will be making reforms to the Innovator route as part of the new points-based immigration system. It is expected that it will include an ambitious investment route that will effectively support the UK economy.

At present, the Home Office will be announcing the statement of changes that includes the new Global Business Mobility visa. It is expected that this route will offer a wide range of business-friendly visa route.

We will continue to monitor the development very closely and will ensure that our clients are kept up to date.

For any questions on Private Immigration to the UK or if you would to find out regarding your eligibility for UK visa routes, please contact our Immigration Advisor, Shareena Rahman on srahman@gscsolicitors.com or +44(0)207 822 2222.

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Does Plan B mean that I cannot go into the office?

In an effort to tackle the large rise in Coronavirus cases, the government has recently implemented Plan B, which includes measures to try and reduce the spread of the virus.

In relation to those working in offices, the guidance states that “Office workers who can work from home should do so”. However, there are some exceptions to that recommendation. For example, when it is necessary to access certain equipment to allow a person to do their job.

The government has clearly taken into account the toll that working from home has had on certain individuals, as the guidance states that employers should consider whether working from home is appropriate for those “facing mental or physical health difficulties, or those with a particularly challenging home working environment.”

What has not changed is an employer’s obligation to provide for a safe working environment, and employers should remember this if staff will be going into the office.

The law in this article is current as of 20 December 2021.

If you have any employment law queries, please do not hesitate to contact David Nathan at dnathan@gscsolicitors.com or on 020 7822 2247.

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