CPD Hours Level
Seminar 5 IntermediateInformation
SRA Competency D


This 1 day course will provide you with certainty on the VAT treatment of both services supplied by law firms of all sizes and correct VAT recovery on costs and disbursements.

You will be provided with sufficient information to carry out your own health checks to ensure correct VAT compliance in all aspects.

The seminar assumes a reasonable grasp of the basic principles of VAT.

What You Will Learn

This seminar will cover the following:


  • Scope of VAT within the UK

Tax Points

  • Time of supply - a ‘one-off’ or a ‘continuous supply of services'?
  • Treatment of deposits and client monies

VAT on Fees - How to determine whether VAT should be charged to a client

  • Commissions from third parties - possibly exempt?
  • Special rules on payments to law firms
  • International clients
    • The VAT ‘General Rule’
    • Place of ‘belonging’ - does it matter if the client is a business or an individual?
    • Land-related services e.g. conveyance and administration of estates
  • What is a disbursement for VAT purposes?
    • HMRC specific guidance, agreements and case law

Costs and Input Tax

  • Treatment of general expenses
  • Disbursements - accounting options on VAT charges coming in
  • Discretionary treatment of counsel's fees
  • Special input tax rules for law firms

Administrative Aspects of VAT

  • VAT invoices, format for UK and international services
  • Credit and debit notes
  • Relief for bad debts

Recovery of the Firm’s Input Tax

  • Subsistence, travel and staff entertainment expenses
  • Mobile phones provided to staff
  • Gifts and salary enhancements

VAT Returns & the Payment of Tax

  • Correct completion in accordance with HMRC guidance
  • Correcting errors and which errors should be reported to HMRC separately

Quick Quiz - Test Your Knowledge: Solicitors Accounts Rules

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Seminar | 20.09.2022

London | 10:00am - 4:30pm

VAT for Law Firms - Fees, Costs & Disbursements in One Day

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10:00am - 4:30pm
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