Barclay twins resume Littlewoods VAT battle

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Lawyers for Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay have returned to the High Court to pursue the final chapter of their six-year battle to extract a £1bn VAT settlement from HMRC.

The Barclay family’s catalogue business Littlewoods has already received more than £470m after HMRC accepted in 2004 that there had been incorrect VAT treatment of commissions paid to the company’s regional agents during the previous 31 years.

This led to an initial settlement which included interest of £268.2m.

However the brothers...

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About Robert Lovell

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    25th Oct 2013 17:10

    Hope the Barclay Bros lose...

    This is not the first time that accountingweb has written about the Barclay Bros. As readers of my articles know they have few friends in the locality of Dorchester.

    Not after what they did to the manager of the Dorchester branch of Woolies/ Wellworths - see article as below titled: 'What's in a Name?' Get the details right' here

    They have also not been nice to the Signeur of Sark either - see 'Barclay Brothers question Independence of Sarks' Signeurs' link here...


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    25th Oct 2013 17:14


    well quite, so much for the 4 year rule too, but I imagine that doesn't matter when you are that rich.

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    28th Oct 2013 12:13

    Fiduciary duties?

    Are the brothers saying that the amounts of salaries and pensions their company pays will depend on whether we (the taxpayers) bung them £1bn?  That doesn't sound right.

    Or are they saying that the business will go pop if we don't pay them?  They knew it was loss-making when they bought it.

    Surely their 'fiduciary duties' are to the shareholders?  Now who are they?

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    By Vinoo
    28th Oct 2013 17:10

    I think Littlewood is pushing their luck too far. In my opinion they may not be entitled for anything more than what HMRC have already given-its ex-gratia

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