Insights: October 2016

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How does the transfer market influence the integrity of football?


Sean Cottrell, CEO of LawInSport, hosted a roundtable discussion with three leading sports lawyers Nick De Marco, Nick Tsatsas & Richard Berry. The roundtable included a discussion on the legal issues that arise from the contractual, regulatory and governance structures in football including: The recent Telegraph sting which led to the departure of the England […]

Hard Brexit and UK Trade: A Bold Step?

Charles Proctor |

The recent Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham has served to reinforce expectations of a “hard Brexit” when the UK seeks to negotiate withdrawal arrangements with the other EU Member States. The discussions are likely to be difficult and protracted, with no guarantee of a satisfactory outcome. In view of that situation, Charles Proctor has been […]

Child abduction or lawful removal?

Anna Wakeling |

The recent case of Re Alcott (1) [2016] EWHC 2413 (Fam) serves as a reminder of the need for careful consideration when relocating with children from one jurisdiction to another. Alcott v Ashworth Former BBC children’s presenter, Katy Ashworth, was accused by her former partner of abducting their toddler from Australia. Her former partner, a […]

Hotel update - October 2016


A summary of transactions and trends in 2016.

Long term UK resident non-doms set to lose remittance basis of taxation

Helena Luckhurst |

Anyone who does not regard England as their permanent home (non-dom) but who has been resident in the UK for at least 15 out of the past 20 income tax years will wake up to a very different UK tax regime on 6 April 2017, according to a further consultation issued by the Government on […]

How not to build a hotel: three common causes of cost overruns on hotel projects


Hotel projects are often under pressure to complete as early as possible, but in the rush to open parties must take care to avoid three common causes of cost overruns.  Commencing projects with insufficient design information, perhaps by having compressed the design programme; allowing insufficient time for coordination between disciplines or having insufficient systems in […]

“And as an aside…”


Side letters – why are they used? A side letter is a document that is ancillary to a contract. Often they are used generally to clarify the terms of a contract.  Where there are multiple parties to a contract, a side letter can agree specific obligations due from one to the other in relation to […]

How effective is the NEC’s ‘mutual trust and co-operation’ provision?

Kim Fowler |

A number of recent cases have reopened questions of implied obligations of good faith in NEC contracts. The NEC standard clause 10.1 requires that the parties “shall act as stated in this contract and in a spirit of mutual trust and cooperation” which is arguably an attempt to enshrine an overriding good faith obligation into […]