Brecqhou owners under Panorama’s spotlight

THE millionaire owners of Brecqhou accused a Panorama journalist of being bent on revenge after a documentary aired last night criticised their tax arrangements.

Last night's Panorama focused on Brecqhou owners Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay.
Last night's Panorama focused on Brecqhou owners Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay.

THE millionaire owners of Brecqhou accused a Panorama journalist of being bent on revenge after a documentary aired last night criticised their tax arrangements.

The BBC programme analysed the accounts of the Ritz Hotel in London and journalist John Sweeney suggested it has used a series of tax reliefs to reduce its corporation tax to zero.

Mr Sweeney was sued by the Brecqhou owners in France in the 90s and was ordered to pay them 20,000 Francs in damages.

In a statement yesterday morning, Sir David and Sir Frederick’s lawyer Gordon Dawes of Mourant Ozanne said: ‘The only comment my clients have to make in advance of the programme is that Sir David and Sir Frederick believe this is Mr Sweeney’s revenge for being sued for criminal libel in a French court some years ago, as a result of which the BBC had to apologise and pay damages and costs.’

Comments for: "Brecqhou owners under Panorama’s spotlight"

Sark Watcher

Sweeney's revenge?

Oh my!

Nothing the SEM/SNL has ever done on Sark has the faintest whiff of "revenge" about it, has it?

Timbo

No comments? Is this a fear of litigation?

Thought this was an excellent programme.

Sarnia expat

This made me sad for the poor Sarkees.

Sarkee Larkee

Unfortunately the long awaited broadcast version of Panorama had been highly scrutinized & sanitized by lawyers. Much more telling footage had to be omitted for fear of legal retribution.

The subsequent headline claims of 'legal action' by the BBC are more fanciful & mischievous spin from the ministry of misinformation, (smoke & mirror dept). Another cheeky little googly from the legal beagles.

Allegedly the next TV programme to feature Sark will be C4 'Grand Designs'. This follows how to build your own self indulgent, extravagant, corporate, tax-free, mini state out of Europe's last remaining quiet, quirky, tax-free, feudal, granite rock and sleepy backwater.

There will be a competition at the end to spot the only original feature to be retained.

Guern

A very good programme, perhaps a follow up how the fact that they are removing the fields from the Island, for the use of grape vines, and the effect that this already having, flooding etc.

I believe Sark fire brigade had to deal with some severe damage and flooding. During the past weekend.

Gary B

A very good program, I do hope the BBC follow up on the litigation, it's time these people who think they can buy anything, got a taste of their own medicine, the SNL appears to have stepped well out of line.