The blanket banning of Russian participation in the Paralympics; Swiss courts to choose between Blackstone and Pol Pot

According to the great English jurist William Blackstone, it is better that ten guilty men go unpunished than one innocent man is convicted.  Authoritarian opponents of Blackstone (who, Wikipedia informs us, include Bismarck, Dick Cheney and Pol Pot) would appear to have been joined by the Court of Arbitration for Sport( CAS). CAS has decided […]


SDLT higher rates: a private client perspective

In last year’s Autumn statement, the government unveiled its plans to increase the rates of stamp duty land tax (SDLT) charged on purchases of “additional residential properties” e.g. second homes or buy to let properties. These changes came into effect on 1 April 2016, and apply to completions taking place on or after this date. […]

New payroll tax – will you be paying an additional 0.5% of your wage bill from April?

A new form of tax, known as the Apprenticeship Levy, will hit many employers from 6 April 2017. The funds generated will be used by the Government to help pay for apprenticeship training costs.  Employers will firstly want to assess whether they will be liable to pay this additional tax and secondly, consider whether they […]


Don’t be held liable for the unauthorised acts of your employees

Picture the scene… A potential diner visits your restaurant and asks for a drink that you do not sell. Your server replies using obscenities that you do not stock it. The diner complains about being sworn at. The server angrily directs him off the premises using racist and expletive language. The diner is shocked and […]

After the Premier League file closure: is this the new ‘industrial policy’ in action or time to strip Ofcom of its competition enforcement powers?

This week’s announcement that Ofcom is closing its investigation into Virgin Media’s complaint that the Premier League is restricting the supply of live TV rights to its matches, in return for the Premier League increasing their number from 168 to 190 and agreeing that no single buyer will scoop the pool next time the rights […]


Brexit and the creative industries

Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, stated “Brexit means Brexit”, but it is not yet known what Brexit means for the UK.  There is much speculation as to whether the UK will adopt a Norwegian, Swiss or Canadian model for trading with EU, or something else entirely.  In reality, it is impossible to know what […]

Constitutional aspects of Brexit

Executive summary: The EU Referendum was advisory, not binding; no UK decision on ‘Brexit’ has yet been taken; although EU law has primacy, the UK has never given up sovereignty to the EU; the issue of whether Parliament has to legislate for a decision to leave the EU, before ‘Article 50’ notification is given, is […]


Brexit and construction: no need to panic

It is just over 3 weeks since the UK voted for BREXIT and matters have been moving quickly, at least in the world of politics. This article is written as part of a collection of articles in the GD Online special edition on BREXIT and examines the key issues in construction in the UK and […]

Brexit – An impact analysis for businesses

Timescale If Article 50 is invoked, the UK will have a 2 year window to negotiate terms of its departure from the EU. This can only be extended with the unanimous consent of all Member States. There are various schools of thought on whether Article 50 notification can be withdrawn unilaterally.  One school of thought […]