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Rachel Gauke: A response from LexisNexis
After one of his colleagues found herself in the media spotlight, Tolley’s Chris Jones comes to her defence.
In the last four days there have been several references by the national media about LexisNexis and one of its members of staff.
This began with a blog post David Gauke’s wife is Tax Avoidance Lawyer” by Guido Fawkes. This post and subsequent stories - including a comment on AccountingWEB (subsequently rebutted) - have misrepresented the role of one of LexisNexis’ professional support lawyers.
Rachel Gauke produces content for LexisPSL which is an online tool that guides lawyers through the workings of the UK tax code. She does not advise individuals or companies on how to avoid tax or reduce their tax bills.
If you have not heard of us, LexisNexis is the leading provider of legal and tax information to organisations in the UK. We have a proud history of producing legal content that goes back 200 years and tax content that goes back 100 years. Our publishing history has contributed to ensuring the rule of law is respected. We take this responsibility seriously.
Customers of our Tolley (tax) suite of products range from high street accountants, through to multinationals and the government. Mr Fawkes, and others, failed to point out that the government receives the same tax services provided by LexisNexis as customers in the private sector. We supply a variety of publications, online content and magazines to HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury.
The content we provide helps the taxpayer, tax agents, and the tax collector comply with the law. The work of the UK tax profession enables citizens to comply with a plethora of statutory obligations. Many of our customers are high street practitioners who provide advice to those who must produce self-assessment tax forms. Without the tax information we produce, those practitioners would not be able to ensure that businesses and individuals comply with the law.
LexisNexis and our customers help to make the tax system work in practice.
As part of our commitment to the rule of law, we recently hosted a joint event with Christian Aid. We asked a group of tax experts to design a tax system for a fictitious developing country in order to identify how tax can be collected efficiently and fairly in the countries favour. We plan to continue this project in order to support Christian Aid in the work they do and act as a bridge to the business community.
Chris Jones is director of tax markets for Tolley, a LexisNexis brand.