June 11, 2020

Last weekend a statue of Edward Colston was torn down in Bristol and thrown into the River Avon. Colston was involved in the Royal African Company, which during the 17th & 18th century had a monopoly on the English, and later British, slave trade. During the time he wa...

July 14, 2018

Today is Bastille Day. Bastille Day is a little different in the Stevenson house and has a meaning far closer to home than the storming of a Parisian gaol back in 1789. It was on this day in 1970 I arrived home for the first time. The arrival of a new baby into any hou...

October 1, 2017

It is unbelievably 24 years this month since I moved to Dublin to start my PhD. That in itself is a scary thought. It is also, similarly unbelievably, 12 years since I left Ireland and moved to London. I have now been gone from Dublin as long as I was there, and that r...

July 17, 2016

The UK is slowly returning to what is currently passing for normality. The Conservative Party have elected a new leader following David Cameron’s resignation and Theresa May has now taken office as Prime Minister. The speed with which that changeover occurred has helpe...

July 17, 2016

The immediate impact of the referendum result in the UK is starting to settle down. However, much uncertainty remains and this will have wide ranging impacts including many on the real estate sector. Whilst the UK market is obviously most exposed there may also be int...

June 25, 2016

Over the coming months/years please remember that all of the following were promised by the leave campaign in the event of BREXIT.

1 - £350m a week (£18bn a year) to spend on services such as the NHS

2 - Continued free trade and access to the single market whilst at th...

June 20, 2016

Let us go back in time and assume that the UK had never entered the then Common Market in 1973. Whatever the specifics we would in all likelihood have ended up with some form of agreement with the EU, probably similar in some respects to either Norway or Switzerland.


April 19, 2016

A few stats for you to think about with the EU referendum fast approaching. A grand total of 7.95m people live in the UK who were born outside. As of 2014 those from the EU accounted for only a third of that figure and those from the Western European EU14 account for t...

July 23, 2015

Whilst the focus of attention is currently on Greece acquiescing to the demands from the Troika there remain quite fundamental issues about the long-term sustainability of the single currency and the frameworks in place. Ironically, these concerns have come about in pa...

March 30, 2015

Given that for most households their home is both their biggest asset and their largest liability it is inevitable that proposals concerning its taxation attract passionate views and are often at the forefront of political debate. The Conservatives spent years attempti...

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