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'The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire' screening and panel discussion

Tax Justice Network

Thursday, 14 September 2017 from 19:45 to 22:30 (BST)

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A screening of The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire, followed by a panel discussion featuring John McDonnell MP


The Spider’s Web: Britain's Second Empire is a new documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a imperial power to a global financial power. At the demise of the British empire after the second world war, the City of London's financial interests created a 'spider's web' of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth may be hidden in British offshore jurisdictions, and Britain and its secrecy jurisdictions are the largest global players in the world of international finance. How did this come about, and what impact does it have on the world today? This is what the Spider’s Web sets out to investigate.

With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, The Spider’s Web reveals how, in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over regulation and transparency, and how the United Kingdom is at the heart of this system.


John McDonnell MP (TBC)

John McDonnell

John McDonnell was appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in September 2015. He was first elected as Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington in 1997. John's attendance is subject to his availability on the day based on the pressures of parliamentary business.

Michael Oswald

Michael Oswald

Michael is an independent documentary filmmaker based in London, and is writer and director of The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire. He uses narrative storytelling to produce investigative and observational films, and aims to discover, understand and communicate ideas that are given less attention than they deserve. 

Nick Shaxson

Nick Shaxson

Nick is a writer and investigative journalist, and author of Treasure Islands, a hugely influential book about the global financial system. In 2012 the International Tax Review named him as one of its “Global Tax 50” most influential people in international tax.

Will Snell

Will is the founding Director of Tax Justice UK, a newly formed advocacy and campaigning organisation whose objectives are to increase public understanding of the UK tax system and to make it fairer and more effective. Before setting up Tax Justice UK, Will worked in international development and for the UK government. 

Moderator: Juliette Garside

Juliette Garside is a financial correspondent at the Guardian, specialising in tax and offshore investigations. She has written about the Panama Papers, the Swiss Leaks exposé, and the the financial affairs of David Cameron's family.

This event is part of 10 years after the crash, a series of events that are exploring how to build a fairer and more sustainable economic system. Join the conversation on Twitter

This event is partially funded by the EU ENLIGHTEN project (European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times: the role of European Networks), funded by the Horizon 2020 EU programme.


Media Partner:

The Guardian

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RSA House
8 John Adam Street
WC2N 6EZ London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 14 September 2017 from 19:45 to 22:30 (BST)

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Tax Justice Network

We are an independent international network launched in 2003. We conduct high-level research, analysis and advocacy on international tax; on the international aspects of financial regulation; on the role of tax in society; and on the impacts of tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax 'competition' and tax havens. We seek to create understanding and debate, and to promote reform, especially in poorer countries. 

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