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HMRC will be able to depart from its own guidance if it believes that tax avoidance might be involved, as the decision in Samarkand illustrates. Jeanette Zaman and Owen Williams (Slaughter and May) consider the uphill struggle that taxpayers could face to prove they have a substantive legitimate expectation.

HMRC has carried out some spring cleaning on its GAAR guidance. This and other recent developments affecting the City are reviewed by Mark Middleditch (Allen & Overy).

In Eclipse Film Partners No. 35 LLP, the Court of Appeal ruled that the film partnership’s activities did not constitute trading. Chris Bates and Judy Harrison (Norton Rose Fulbright) examine the judgment and consider the consequences

David Whiscombe (BKL Tax) considers the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Eclipse 35.

Sara Luder (Slaughter and May) explains why politicians should think carefully about the consequences of proposed tax changes

BKL Tax looks at the case of Horner, where the taxpayer sought damages from the promoters of a failed tax avoidance scheme

Adviser Q&A with Simon Garrett of CMS Cameron McKenna

Michael Avient answers a reader's query.