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The High Court and Article 50 - Extracting what the Judgment said

More popular media heat than light has been generated by the High Court's decision on 3rd November. This article attempts to report objectively and in plain terms what the Court said by way of key points. It does not take sides in the Brexit debate, nor comment on any political issues arising from the judgment. 

Background

The case was heard in the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, Divisional Court, on 13th, 17th and 18th October.

Inside and Outside the Law - Movies, Brexit and Tax Schemes

They say that August is a dead month for news. Still, a few commercial and private client lawyers might have choked on their Bouillabaisse upon hearing of HMRC's announced consultation on a proposal for sanctions against those who "design, market or facilitate the use of tax avoidance arrangements which are defeated by HMRC".

In the Today Programme after the announcement, the focus was on financial advisers and on accountants as the lined up target "middlemen".

The Cleveland Street Scandal

The Cleveland Street story is not one of London's best-known scandals. 19 Cleveland Street, on the edge of the City of Westminster, is now part of the footprint of a new block of flats. The original house is long gone.

Just around the corner was once the Central Middlesex Hospital. Up the road is the former workhouse that Charles Dickens reputedly had in mind for Oliver Twist's fruitless request for seconds. The name of the road is taken from the Duchess title given to Charles II's mistress, Barbara Villiers.

A Retro Restaurant

From one extreme to another. A few weeks back six of us ate at Caravan in the Kings Cross Regeneration area. The restaurant styles itself as offering "Well-travelled food and mighty fine coffee, in an old grain house."

It was worth travelling to enjoy the experience, mixing with the 20 and 30 somethings in a relaxed, efficient environment with its minimalist fit-out. Jest you may over exposed brickwork and pipework, but it does work.

Justice on the Strand

In my last blogpost I mentioned some big civil cases coming up in 2014. Most of these concern major commercial disputes. Occasionally one comes to the Royal Courts of Justice that has wider interest.

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