VAT within Law Firms – Online Workshop


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VAT within Law Firms 

Length: 3 Hours

Published September 29, 2022

Last Updated on October 8, 2022

Who is this training for?

This online workshop is for Legal Executives, Lawyers, Accountants, Compliance Officers, HOFA’s, Legal Accounts Professionals, Legal Cashiers and anyone that has any involvement in working in legal finance and compliance.

Purpose of this training?

VAT is a complex and ever changing tax.  This workshop is designed to focus on the areas that cause the most confusion and the areas that HMRC specifically targets law firms during a VAT inspection. 

The workshop will explore the practical application of the VAT regulations to help you to be compliant. It will explore the VAT Act 1994, Notice 700, case law and address issues that have emerged from cases like the ‘Brabners’ decision and the implications of those decisions to law firms.  Conundrums and scenarios will be posed and discusses throughout the session.

  •  Scope of VAT within the UK
Time of Supply
  • Basic Tax Point
  • Actual Tax Point
  • Extensions
  • Client’s overseas (Place of ‘belonging’)
  • Land related services
Third Party Payers
  • Indemnity basis
  • VAT invoices
Disbursements and Recharges
  • What is a disbursement (CILEx and HMRC’s definition)
  • Disbursements – accounting options 
  • Discretionary treatment of Counsel’s Fees
  • Overseas experts
  • Recharges – accounting options
  • VAT invoices
  • Search fees
  • Medical records and reports
Administrative Aspects of VAT
  • Valid VAT invoices
  • Valid credit notes
  • Recovery of input VAT
  • Supplier invoices 6 months older or greater
  • Subsistence, travel and staff entertainment expenses
  • Mixed expenses (business and personal usage)
  • Mobile phones
  • VAT Returns
  • Correcting errors
  • Bad debt relief

Practice notes and training sessions represent the Association of Legal Compliance & Accounts’ view of good practice in a particular area. They are not intended to be the only standard of good practice that firms can follow.

Practice notes and training sessions are not legal advice, and do not necessarily provide a defence to complaints of misconduct or poor service. While we have taken care to ensure that they are accurate, up to date and useful, we will not accept any legal liability in relation to them.

Frequently Asked Questions

All ALCA online training is delivered live, interactive and is recorded. We bridge the gap between ‘face-to-face’ and online training by applying a blended approach. Questions can be posed to trainers throughout the workshops with quizzes/polls being used to engage with attendees.

Workshops can be continuously replayed for 60 days after broadcast.


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