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Court of Appeal Warns Against Legalistic Approach to Planning Decisions

When making planning decisions, local councillors are entitled to use common sense and local knowledge and it is not for judges to take a legalistic approach and second guess their conclusions. The Court of Appeal made that point in opening the way for conversion of a large apple storage barn into four executive homes. There was no dispute that the development...

Consumer Claims Agglomeration Legitimate – Landmark High Court Ruling

In a ground-breaking decision, the High Court has upheld the legitimacy of the growing number of companies that specialise in taking over legal claims by disgruntled consumers and pursuing them, en bloc, against alleged wrongdoers. The case concerned one such company that had taken assignment from a number of members of the public of their claims against an...

Multinational Employers and TUPE Obligations – Tribunal Gives Guidance

Multinational companies frequently move their operations between countries – but how do to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) impact on their search for value? The issue was strikingly raised by a case in which a Yorkshire-based office worker offered to follow his job to the Philippines – but only if he continued...

Noisy Neighbours? You Don’t Have To Put Up With Them!

Noise nuisance is a serious blight on people’s lives but, with the right legal advice, you do not have to put up with it. In one case, a tower block resident was handed a stiff prison sentence after making a vulnerable neighbour’s life a misery. After receiving complaints about the tenant, his social housing landlord obtained an injunction against him,...

Dairy Firm Discovers Pitfalls of Failing to Protect Its Online Presence

Websites are an essential part of almost all businesses nowadays, but it is surprising how often they do not take basic steps to protect their online presence. In one case, a dairy firm found itself in difficulty after discovering that its Internet domains were registered in the name of one of its delivery drivers. The driver had set up the firm’s website...