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Press watch: ‘Avoidance crackdown set to cause wave of litigation’

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According to the Financial Times (22 June), plans to recruit dozens of new judges have been drawn up to cope with a wave of litigation expected in response to a £7bn crackdown on tax avoidance that starts next month.

As Tax Journal has previously reported, the Judicial Appointments Commission will next month invite solicitors and barristers to apply for up to 39 full-time and part-time posts in the First-tier and Upper tax tribunals to cope with its increased workload and to replace judges who have retired.

The FT quotes HM Courts & Tribunals Service as saying it is ‘working closely with HMRC to plan for increases in the number of tax tribunal appeals, following recent changes to tax avoidance schemes.’