Brexit A Year On

With the recent inclement weather hitting Europe, it doesn’t feel like March. The (notional) turning of the season does, though, mean we are at the halfway point of Britain’s two-year notice period to leave the European Union (EU). Here, we assess what has happened to date and how things are likely to proceed going forward.   Progress to Date Modest advancements have been made since Prime Minister Theresa May invoked article 50 - starting the two-year notice period on 29 March 2017. The European Commission promptly said that they wanted to focus on three main areas at first: citizens’ rights; agreement on the financial settlement (the so-called “divorce bill”); and mitigating the effect on the island of Ireland. After [...]

By |March 12th, 2018|Categories: Newsletters|

Teething Problems For The Trump Administration

Ever since Franklin Roosevelt, American Presidents have been scrutinised on their performance in the first 100 days. The measurement is often unreasonable – Roosevelt had a clear plan to hit the ground running, rooted in the belief that the Hoover administration’s inaction had deepened the Great Depression. Just over three months is often simply not long enough for a new team to leave their mark with meaningful and well considered change. A review after 200 days, on the other hand, allows more time to consider the achievements of a new administration. That period passed last week for the Trump administration.   Much of the talk in recent months has focussed on the day to day internal squabbles of the [...]

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Newsletters|

Five Consequences of the UK Referendum

On 23 June 2016, the British electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU). The consequences of this vote will play out over many years now. In this article we look at five of the consequences.   Labour Party in Turmoil   The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced immediately after the referendum result that he would be standing down. Realistically he had little choice; he campaigned hard to keep Britain in the EU and the eventual loss destroyed his authority.   The Conservative party, however, realigned itself quickly around Theresa May, the former Home Secretary. A serious politician, Mrs May does not indulge in social media gimmicks performed by many modern politicians. She is seen as a safe [...]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Newsletters|

Five Takeaways from the US Presidential Campaign

The US presidential campaign is now well and truly underway with the results of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries announced. Here are five talking points following the first two results.     The Trump Campaign is Real   The big talking point from Iowa was whether Donald J Trump’s unconventional campaign was all it was cracked up to be, following his disappointing second place. Mr Trump was uncharacteristically muted in the days that followed, and psephologists asked whether you could win a nomination without investing in electoral data and with plentiful workers on the ground.   The New Hampshire result dispelled those doubts. Mr Trump posted over 35% of the vote, comfortably beating all others. Ted Cruz, [...]

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: Newsletters|

5 Talking Points from the Danish Election

The Danish election on 18 June 2015 was a tight affair with the centre-right bloc winning 90 seats to the incumbent centre-left’s 89. The centre-right (consisting of the Liberals, the Conservatives, Liberal Alliance and the populist Danish People’s Party (DPP)) will therefore form a parliamentary majority with the Liberals’ leader (and Prime Minister from 2009-11) Lars Løkke Rasmussen as Prime Minister. After fraught post-election negotiations, Mr Rasmussen decided to eschew formal coalition partners; the new government therefore has one of the lowest popular mandates in history.   The internal results within the centre-right bloc were fascinating with the DPP vote surging to 21% and the Liberals vote slumping to under 20%. Meanwhile, the Conservatives, with under 4%, continued their desperate [...]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Newsletters|

The Rhino Charge 2015

We are thrilled to be supporting the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, an NGO which works towards the conservation and protection of Kenya’s mountain range ecosystem, by sending Charles to the Rhino Charge ( The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road motorsport competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit 13 points (guard posts) scattered over approximately 100 km² of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. Entrants are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue, co-ordinates of the 13 guard posts and their start position the night before the event. Each competitor must plot the guard posts on the map and decide his/her route. The winner is the competitor who visits the most guard posts [...]

By |May 11th, 2015|Categories: Newsletters|
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