Legal Business

LB100 firms review partnership model as HMRC’s LLP changes loom

The impact of HM Revenue & Customs’ decision to overhaul the way salaried partners are taxed is being felt across the City as a number of leading firms confirm they are reviewing their arrangements, although some of the largest Legal Business 100 firms have come out to categorically deny the changes will have any effect at all.

Firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst, TLT, DWF, Weightmans, and Trowers & Hamlins have all confirmed to Legal Business that they are reviewing their partner remuneration arrangements in anticipation of the new rules, which will mean partners with under 25% of their salary attached to profits will be regarded as having a ‘disguised salary’ and treated as employees by tax authorities in a move expected to add thousands of pounds onto firms’ tax bills.