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Finance Act 2014

Section 287: Operation & Breaches of the Code

7.Subsections (1), (2), and (3) provide that the Commissioners will publish and follow a governance protocol in relation to the Code, and that before they reach a decision to name a bank they must appoint an independent reviewer. The independent reviewer must take into account any representations by the group or entity and provide a copy of the report to the group or entity concerned. The identity of the independent reviewer has yet to be decided but will be a person of suitable stature who is independent of both HMRC and the group or entity such as for example a retired high court judge.

8.Subsections (4) and (5) provide that where the group or entity has received a GAAR advisory panel opinion notice(s) the independent reviewer will only be required to report upon whether the group or entity should be named in a report.

9.Subsections (6), (7) and (8) set out the procedure for and matters that the Commissioners must take into account when deciding to name a group or entity in an annual report.

10.Subsections (9), (10) and (11) set out the two limited grounds on which the Commissioners may reach a different determination than that of the independent reviewer. That is where they decide that the independent reviewer’s determination was unreasonable or where exceptionally there are compelling reasons for reaching a different determination. It also sets out that where the group or entity decides to judicially review the Commissioners determination, the onus will be the Commissioners to show that they acted reasonably in reaching their determination.

11.Subsection (12) sets out the time limit for making a claim to judicial review and provides that unless the Court is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances which would warrant a public hearing, the judicial review in subsection (11) will be held in private.

12.Subsection (13), (14), (15) and (16) set out what the Commissioners must include in an annual report where they have reached a different determination than the independent reviewer and the timing of that report. Subsections (15) and (16) set out the information that the Commissioners must disclose to the independent reviewer and the basis on which the independent reviewer can use that information.

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