In March 2018 Mr Michael Stainer; who lost the ownership of The Grand in 1995, lost his appeal to the Upper Tier Tribunal of the Tax & Chancery Chamber, regarding unpaid Income Tax and PAYE for the companies mentioned below.
The case reference was UT/2016/0132, and in untypical Stainer fashion, he delayed his appeal to the High Court until July 30th as was his right. Interestingly, he never mentioned this appeal in any of the various bankruptcy hearings we have reported, when seeking an adjournment. Even on the September 17th hearing, when in addition to his company insolvencies, he and his wife faced personal bankruptcy, he remained silent as this appeal.
So perhaps no surprise when today, 15th Oct 2018, the High Court refused this application for leave to appeal the March decision. So how come you left it so late Mr Stainer, to lodge your application asking for leave to appeal? An oversight? Not for an experienced litigator, to use the Tribunal’s description of him, surely. Now Mr Stainer could appeal again – on a point of law – however, the likelihood of success is negligible.
So Mr Stainer, you owe the tax man a lot of money, we ask when will you pay? We also ask Mr Robert Richardson (pictured above right), Mr Stainer’s henchman, when he might run a successful business at The Grand one which turns a profit and doesn’t end up owing the tax man a fortune, or leaving the taxpayer to pick up the tab. Is Mr Richardson capable of running a company which turns a profit? Richardson remains at the heart of all of the commercial activities at the Grand and never misses an opportunity to celebrate his “successes” – although he is remarkably quiet about the chaos around him. In his words:
“As General Manager of The Grand I have a strong focus on delivering long-term results and adding value to the organisation, leading all aspects of the business.”