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Education Company Refused VAT Exemption

An education company which, amongst its other activities, provides degree-level courses accredited by the University of Wales has failed to convince the Upper Tribunal that that part of its business should be treated as exempt from VAT. In a case which raised a legal issue on which there was no previous authority, the Tribunal found that it was...

Persistent Under-Supply of Housing Land Punished

hLocal authorities that fail to make adequate supplies of land available for housing development will have to take the consequences after the High Court opened the way for the construction of almost 300 new homes in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Despite environmental objections, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government...

Football Club Liable for £2.62 Million Loan

A football club which accused its former owner of acting against its best interests by committing it to repayment of loans totalling £2.62 million without any authority has failed to convince the High Court that it should be let off the debt. The club was sued for £900,000, plus interest, by the lenders but denied liability and counter-claimed...

‘Wrongful Birth’ Professional Negligence Claim Fails

Parents who claimed that they would have elected to abort their baby had they been warned that she would be born severely disabled – but who were advised by lawyers that their ‘wrongful birth’ claim against the NHS had little prospect of success – have failed in a £500,000 professional negligence claim. The couple’s baby daughter was...

Remuneration Committees and Boardroom Pay

In a decision which is likely to be compulsory reading for corporate and employment lawyers, the Court of Appeal has tackled the twin thorny issues of boardroom pay and the responsibilities of remuneration committees populated by non-executive directors. Newcastle International Airport Limited (NIAL) argued that a leading law firm was to blame...