Statement about the anti-facilitation of tax evasion
Shoosmiths takes its responsibilities to prevent tax evasion seriously. The firm adopts a zero-tolerance approach towards the facilitation of tax evasion, whether undertaken by staff, clients or third parties.
Tax evasion is not a victimless crime. The evasion of tax means that there is less money available to pay for hospitals, roads and public services which therefore impacts innocent individuals.
Shoosmiths is adopting policies and procedures to prevent the firm being used to facilitate tax evasion. We are committed to educating staff and (as applicable) clients to ensure they are aware of the issues and how to prevent any involvement in facilitating tax evasion.
The firm has appointed the Director of Quality and Risk to ensure the firm has reasonable procedures in place to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.
All concerns about potential tax evasion should be directed to Q&R or to the Tax department.
Claire Rowe and Peter Duff
2 October 2017