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The bon mots of Sir Alan

Posted on 21st November 2018 by Chris Makin

Sir Alan Ward has for the last few years been the Chairman of the Civil Mediation Council.  I have mediated with him, and he was excellent.  But as a Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Ward also made his mark.  I detect two recurring themes in his judgments: encouraging parties not to be so daft…

Is it sensible to be nice in business?

Posted on 12th October 2018 by Chris Makin

Attitude to business has changed quite a bit since I first became an accountant.  For the first 20 years or so of my career I was a general practitioner, acting for all sorts of clients: lots of tax return clients, lots of market traders and small family companies, up to some quite large organisations including…

The Sturm und Drang of Partnerships

Posted on 30th January 2018 by Chris Makin

“Partnership is the relation which subsists between persons carrying on a business in common with a view of profit.” – Partnership Act 1890, Section 1(1).  Sounds easy, doesn’t it?  A group of like-minded people putting all their skills and enthusiasms into running an enterprise – a legal practice, say – and sharing the fruits of…

Is tax planning unethical?

Posted on 5th October 2017 by Chris Makin

In light of the efforts by HMRC to increase the tax take, and in light of attempts by politicians to blur the boundaries between tax avoidance (permissible, if sometimes anti-social) and tax evasion (very naughty, criminal, dangerous, and downright greedy) I am reminded of the “shovel in the stores” judgment of Lord Clyde, Lord President…

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