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The Taxcast is a 30 minute monthly radio show from the Tax Justice Network packed with the latest news, scandal, research and unique analysis of events in the world of financial corruption and tax dodging, exploring the most challenging ethical and economic issues of our times. It features news headlines, unique expert analysis you won't find anywhere else and a mini-documentary.
 
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When X went on holiday to Sri Lanka she was raped and assaulted by a hotel employee. In this claim against the tour operator she is seeking compensation but, as we discuss in this episode, it will require a stretched interpretation of EU law. There is also a close examination of the likely fallout if the Court of Appeal judgment is allowed to s ...…
 
When the Cleveland Meat Company bought a bull at auction they were dismayed when it was found post-mortem that the meat was not fit for human consumption. They sought to challenge the decision of the Official Veterinarian on this matter but the means of doing so was far from clear. In this episode we look at the issues, consider the impact of E ...…
 
Franco Vomero has lived in the UK since 1985. In 2001 he killed a man and was convicted of manslaughter. Upon his release from prison the Home Secretary decided to send him back to his home country of Italy. In this case the Supreme Court looked at what it means to have a right of permanent residence and in our discussion we attempt to take sto ...…
 
MM was denied the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefit because he did not fit into the right category when it came to the support he needed for face to face social engagement. The dispute reached the Supreme Court and it was up to the Justices to provide an interpretation of what "social support" actually means in this context. In this e ...…
 
In this month's episode we discuss a new vision for Europe amid, or in spite of the Brexit vortex: plus - Britain's about to become the neighbour from hell, post-Brexit: how can the EU defend citizens from the race to the bottom on tax and regulations between nations precipitated by Britain's destructive 'Singapore-on-the-Thames' model?…
 
At the heart of this case is a fairly simple question: when the conditions for use of a building are varied in a new planning permission, what previous conditions remain in place? For many years the Homebase store in Streatham Vale was prohibited from selling food but the position after a 2014 permission was no longer clear and the case eventua ...…
 
Restraint of trade clauses are an essential feature of employment contracts because they protect the interests of employers whilst also ensuring employees have the right to go ahead and find another job. However striking a balance between these two objectives is something that the courts have struggled with over the years and this case is no di ...…
 
In this month's Taxcast: ethics and accountancy - yes they can go together! Plus: as Britain sinks into full crisis-mode over Brexit, we bring you unique analysis on some of the far-reaching consequences for the world, including threats to public health service models. And why does the new British government love Freeports so much?…
 
Tamara Gubeladze was hoping for a quiet retirement in the UK having spent most of her life in Latvia. She thought that she had met all the conditions necessary to be entitled to a state pension but the Secretary of State denied her request for failing to comply with the Worker Registration Scheme that was established in the UK after Latvia join ...…
 
Wholesalers of alcohol now have a legal requirement to be a fit and proper person in the eyes of HMRC. For many this was a mere formality but others were suddenly worried about going out of business when they were unable to clear this new hurdle. OWD Ltd. faced this problem and while their appeal was pending they sought temporary relief so that ...…
 
When the shipping vessel Renos was badly damaged by an engine room fire the question for insurance purposes was when the repairs to the ship began. Should the cost of salvaging the ship be included as part of the money needed to get the ship repaired or is this limited to work done once the vessel is back in port? In this episode we discuss the ...…
 
When Terryann Samuels was unable to keep up with her rent and was made homeless Birmingham City Council claimed that it was under no obligation to help her because she had become "intentionally homeless". The Supreme Court considered whether Samuels' previous accommodation had in fact been affordable based on her income and came to a conclusion ...…
 
In 2014 a number of newspaper articles were published that made serious allegations against the ex-husband of a former policy adviser to Gordon Brown. It turned out that those articles had no basis in fact and so this action in defamation came before the courts. When the question went before the Supreme Court the Justices were given the opportu ...…
 
Immigration as reparations: we speak with multiple award winning Suketu Mehta about his new book: This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto on the fastest way to fix global inequalities and injustices. Also, we discuss France’s 3% digital tax which has so angered the US president and yet another sign of the collapse of the supposed intern ...…
 
In June 1974 an unarmed man with learning difficulties was shot in the back as he was running away from British soldiers during the Troubles. Nearly half a century later one of the soldiers involved is due to face trial. In this judicial review the Supreme Court was given the opportunity to consider whether the Director of Public Prosecutions w ...…
 
The Tax Justice Network now speaks tax justice in five languages on radio stations and podcast platforms across the world, each with their own unique content and style – English, Spanish, French, Arabic and now Portuguese. In this Taxcast special the podcast/radio producers come together to discuss their experiences of covering tax justice in t ...…
 
When GN was a child he was physically and psychologically abused by the neighbours from hell yet the local council did next to nothing to step in and try to offer some sort of protection. Now that GN is an adult he is seeking compensation and we find out to what extent the duties of local authorities translate into actual accountability.Music f ...…
 
Tax avoidance must be the bane of any legislation drafter's life. As soon as you produce even one provision there are already hundreds of tax lawyers and accountants poring over it to try and find loopholes. In this case we look at a loophole that appears to have existed in plain sight for a number of years but now the Supreme Court has to deci ...…
 
Business rates are paid based on a valuation of the non-domestic property in question. In this case a dispute arose when empty offices in Blackpool were valued at an annual rent of £490,000 by the valuation officer before a tribunal reduced that down to £1 after finding there was no actual interest in the property from potential tenants. After ...…
 
This month we look at the new Corporate Tax Haven Index released by the Tax Justice Network. What does it tell us about the global economy and the international tax system? And how can we fix it?By Tax Justice Network.
 
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is the only judicial means of holding the secret services to account but it operates in the shadows with almost no connection to the formal legal system. In this case the Supreme Court has the opportunity to assess whether the decisions of the tribunal should still be subject to judicial review despite an ouste ...…
 
The benefits cap is one of the most controversial policies in recent years and in this case the Supreme Court were given the opportunity to scrutinise the legislation on human rights grounds. In this episode we examine that decision and the approach employed by the Justices.Music from bensound.comBy Marcus Cleaver.
 
Since 2005 it is alleged that the Nchanga Cooper Mine in Zambia has been pumping out toxic chemicals into the water supply and caused havoc for the local population who now demand compensation. As the parent company is domiciled in the UK the claimants initiated the case here but arguably Zambia is more appropriate. In this episode we consider ...…
 
What happens when a tax avoidance scheme runs a little too closely to what is within the bounds of the law? For Mr Derry this meant an unwelcome investigation from HMRC and a bill for almost £100,000. In this case we examine the judicial review of that decision and consider how the courts should account for tax avoidance schemes when it comes t ...…
 
The quality of meat products has been a rightful concern of consumers for many years. In this episode we look at how European Union rules have affected the meat industry and whether categorisation operates in a fair manner.Music from bensound.comBy Marcus Cleaver.
 
In this special extended edition of the May 2019 Taxcast we go to Preston in the North of England to see the Preston Model in action and how they're transforming their local economy and democratizing wealth. Also: dark money and the European elections - elite interests aligning with the far right. And we ask: why doesn't Britain have its own Hu ...…
 
What happens when a dispute on Facebook ends up in the courts? The Stockers were once happily married but now they are divorced and Mrs Stocker made some serious accusations about her former husband on the social media platform. In this defamation case we consider how judges should approach statements that are posted online.Music from bensound.com…
 
Exactly how much coverage does car insurance offer? It has to protect a driver from most liability but that chain of causation has to end at some point. In this episode we delve into a case involving someone who was attempting to repair their own car but ended up starting a fire that caused £2 million worth of damage. As we do so we also think ...…
 
The use of Viagra as treatment for erectile dysfunction is well known but there are alternatives that exist which arguably work more effectively. In this episode we examine a patent relating to the dosage used for one such alternative, Cialis. However in order to achieve a patent there has to be an 'inventive step' taken and so the question in ...…
 
The provision of higher education in the UK has undergone dramatic changes in recent history with more private organisations entering the market. This raises an important existential question: what does it mean to be a college or a university? In this episode we consider the answer that is offered by the Supreme Court and then go on to think ab ...…
 
In this special extended edition of the April 2019 Taxcast, broadcast from the tax haven of Jersey: - we explore Jersey's poor showing in the OECD's Better Life Index and ask why Jersey's spending so much money on improving it's bad image instead of setting up public registers of beneficial ownership information - we interview the tax haven of ...…
 
Fraud and deception between cousins is the theme of this week's case. When a forged signature was only exposed after the final judgment the question was whether the victim could return to the courts or if doing so would undermine the certainty that law in the UK is founded upon.Music from bensound.com…
 
The financial crisis of 2008 may now be far behind us but the legal ramifications are still subject to legal dispute. In this case we look at interest payments made to creditors after Lehman Brothers went into administration and consider what should rightly happen to those assets.Music from bensound.com…
 
The Immigration Rules are an integral part of the legal system but have been criticised for their complexity and prescriptive nature. In this week's episode we examine the rules in the context of the proposed deportation of Robinson who came to the UK as a child but has committed multiple criminal offences. He wanted to appeal the decision foll ...…
 
What role does medical evidence play in a legal battle? On the one hand medical practitioners bring their own clinical expertise to a case but the final decision rests with the judge. In this case the Upper Tribunal went against the medical evidence and it was up to the Supreme Court to decide the extent to which they had the right to do so.Mus ...…
 
This week we return to Northern Ireland for another case about the Troubles and unfortunately it's the same old story. More delays and further failures to investigate only provide more cause for resentment and in this case we examine the role that the courts have to play.Music from bensound.comBy Marcus Cleaver.
 
This month we discuss misleading reporting from the mainstream media on the financial crisis: it was overloaded with finance 'experts', fed misunderstandings on the financial crash, sold us the austerity narrative and omitted alternative solutions. Plus: two huge court case tax and social justice wins - firstly, an unprecedented case in Kenya b ...…
 
The European Arrest Warrant is a key tool for fighting crime and is a prime example of EU co-operation at its finest. In this case we explore what protection is available for those named in a warrant, deficiencies in the UK's implementation and what the future holds for this area as Brexit impends.Music from bensound.com…
 
The murder of Pat Finucane, a solicitor from Belfast, in 1989 was the result of collusion between British security forces and loyalist terrorists. There has never been a proper inquiry into this death and in this judicial review Finucane's widow argues that this is a breach of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to l ...…
 
When Bianca Cameron was involved in a car accident the driver at fault could not be identified so the question became 'who could she make a claim against?' Her decision to go after the insurance company by way of the anonymous driver raised some interesting legal questions such as the possibility of an anonymous defendant and the extent of an i ...…
 
In tort law a claim for 'loss of chance' can become very complicated when a claimant is seeking compensation for something that might have happened many years previous. A careful balance has to be struck between running a hypothetical trial and holding older evidence up for scrutiny. In this episode we discuss the burden of proof on a claimant ...…
 
In the February 2019 Taxcast: why hasn't the European Commission investigated any of the secret tax deals that were exposed by the LuxLeaks whistleblowers where tax authorities gave multi-national companies outrageously low tax rates? Plus 'aid' for whom? We discuss the financialisation of aid.By Tax Justice Network.
 
An estate agent agreed to help sell certain properties but was denied his 2% commission when the purchases were finalised for £2.1 million. In this case the court had to decide not only if there was an agreement between the agent and his client but also what the terms of such an agreement might be. In this episode we also examine the tendency a ...…
 
Criminal record checks are an important way to protect children and vulnerable adults from being exposed to those with a history of criminal convictions but when those convictions are for minor offences committed years ago the system operates to stymie the career opportunities of many people. In this episode we look at a challenge to that syste ...…
 
Wrongful conviction cases and miscarriages of justice are always of great interest to the media as they provide a mystery while simultaneously highlighting failures within our criminal justice system. However not much is made of what happens once the conviction is overturned and the innocent have to return to their lives outside prison walls. S ...…
 
The Data Protection Act 2018 brought data protection law into the 21st Century and helped to provide a stronger legal framework for securing personal information. A side effect of this however is that it has made it much easier to convict people of relevant offences and that poses a threat to some of the foundational principles of criminal law. ...…
 
Naomi Fowler talks to investor and author Jonathan Tepper who’s co-written a book called ‘The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the death of capitalism’ and explore monopolies, the dangers to consumers and citizens, and the suppression of true innovation: are we in the last stage of capitalism? Plus the Tax Justice Network's John Christensen d ...…
 
As Northern Ireland heads into its third year without a government the political situation is rapidly becoming more untenable. Unelected civil servants are making decisions normally reserved for politicians and in this case the Supreme Court considers the limits of their powers.Music from bensound.com…
 
When Mr Darnley turned up to his local A&E with a serious head injury he was told that the wait might be 4-5 hours. In fact he should have been told that he would be seen by a triage nurse within half an hour and so in this case we examine the potential liability of the NHS Trust for the damage suffered.Music from bensound.com…
 
The so-called 'gay cake' case pitted Christian business owners against a supporter of gay marriage. Conflicting human rights meant that both sides had very good arguments but who would eventually come out on top? In this episode we also consider the potential impact of the decision on the law moving forward.Music from bensound.com…
 
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