Treasonable thoughts: Are law firms being persecuted by HMRC?

By Guy Vincent, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell

08 Nov 2013

On 5 November 1605, Guy Fawkes was found in the cellars of the House of Lords as he was about to light the fuse connected to 36 barrels of gunpowder. Fawkes, Robert Catesby and the other conspirators had conceived the Gunpowder Plot in response to the persecution of the Catholic minority in England by the new Scottish king, James I.

Watching a spectacular firework display and the burning of the Guy on Bonfire Night, I wondered whether there might a group of disgruntled lawyers rolling barrels of gunpowder into the cellars under parliament. Would there be a modern-day Guy Fawkes striking a match to light the fuse in order to protect a modern-day persecuted minority: solicitors?

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