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Property Investor Wins £100,000 for Compulsorily Acquired House

A property investor has been awarded almost £100,000 compensation after an end-of-terrace house on one of Britain’s most deprived housing estates was compulsorily acquired by a local authority as part of a regeneration scheme. The Upper Tribunal ruled that the pay-out represented a fair assessment of the property’s market value at the time of its...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act Receives Royal Assent

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act has now received Royal Assent. The Act is wide ranging. It contains many new measures, such as giving shareholders more say on directors’ pay, making reforms to Employment Tribunal procedures, establishing a new Competition and Markets Authority to tackle anti-competitive behaviour and modernising the UK’s copyright...

Local Authority ‘Privatisation’ Plans Receive Judicial Blessing

A local authority’s controversial proposals to outsource swathes of its public duties to the private sector have been given the green light by the High Court. Ruling that, save in one respect, a local resident’s challenge to the plans had been brought too late, the court noted that it was not its role to rule on the merits of privatisation. The disabled...

Director’s Illness was ‘Reasonable Excuse’ for Tax Default

A company has triumphed in its appeal against a £900 penalty imposed in respect of late filing of its annual return after the First-Tier Tribunal accepted that its principal director’s illness during the whole of the relevant period amounted to a reasonable excuse for the default. The company’s sole activity was to hire out its assets to a wholly-owned...

Court Interprets Confusing Construction Contract

In a case which underlines the need for precision in the drafting of construction contracts, a plethora of apparently conflicting documents in respect of a major hydro-electricity project necessitated the intervention of the High Court in order to achieve some clarity. Following a tendering process, a contractor had been engaged by a power company to provide,...