This page contains an index listing of selected articles and papers written by members of Blackstone Chambers.
Counting the Pennies in Sport: UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations Under the Competition Law Microscope
This article first appeared in CPI Antitrust Chronicle, January 2014 (1)
The Union of European Football Associations (“UEFA”) has introduced regulations to ensure so-called “financial fair play.” As a restriction on the access to football competitions in Europe, objections have been made that the rules do not comply with EU competition law. In this article, Brian and Ravi briefly set out the new regime and its enforcement to date before looking at the competition law complaints that have already been, or are likely to be, made against the regulations.
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In this article, Iain Steele examines the scope for using judicial review to challenge action taken by the police. Recent case-law shows that judicial review can be a highly effective mechanism for holding the police to account. However, lawyers need to be able to identify a public law issue and to be aware of the different procedural and substantive law that applies in the Administrative Court.
This article first appeared in Legal Action law & practice / public law, November 2013. Part 2 of this article was published in the December 2013 / January 2014 Legal Action.
Maurice Mendelson QC considers some of the issues in relation to the aims of the United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty) Bill.
This article was first published on Lexis-Nexis Dispute Resolution Blog.
The full article can be read here: UK sovereignty - testing the waters (65 kb) .
Team moves have proved a growth area for employment litigation in recent years. In contrast, whilst deferred remuneration schemes have been well-established in practice for some time, and have been a focus for policymakers since the financial crisis of 2007-9, they have so far given rise to few decided cases.
The purpose of this paper is to consider two recent important cases on team moves, the first of which also decides some crucial issues regarding the law of penalties in relation to deferred remuneration.
This article about the judgment in Imam-Sadeque v BlueBay Asset Management (Services) Ltd  EWHC 3511 (QB);  IRLR 344, by Diya Sen Gupta (Blackstone Chambers) and Fahim Rahman (Allen & Overy LLP), appeared in ELA Briefing (Vol. 20 No. 5).
A review of hot issues in employment law in 2012.
The Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal have recently considered a challenge to Ofcom's decision to uphold complaints by listeners about a radio interview between the presenter Jon Gaunt and a local councillor. Both courts rejected Mr Gaunt's challenge, but gave helpful guidance on the scope of freedom of expression in relation to broadcast interviews with politicians.
This article appeared in (2012) 4(1) Journal of Media Law 29-34 and a draft of the article can be read here Insulting Politicians on the Radio.docx (100 kb)
The start of the Olympics does not signal the end of concerns for IP professionals. In this article, Mark Vinall explores the issues.
The article appeared first in The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys magazine, June 2012. To read the full article click here ITMA article.pdf (223 kb)
The Specificity of Sport - Rhetoric or Reality?
Michael Beloff QC, President, British Association of Sport and Law.