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Neighbourhood Plan Instrumental in Defeating 100-Home Development

Neighbourhood plans made under the Localism Act 2011 are a vital means of ensuring that the voices of local people are heard in the planning process. In a High Court case that underlined the point, a neighbourhood plan was instrumental in defeating plans for construction of up to 100 new homes in a county town. In refusing consent for the development, the...

You Don’t Have to Be Awake to Receive the National Minimum Wage

Many people might think that those who sleep on the job would not be entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW) whilst their eyes are closed. But that is by no means always the case and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has given guidance on the issue in an important test case, particularly for the care sector. The EAT was dealing with three appeals...

Technology Harnessed to Reduce Costs of Holiday Group Insolvency

Paperwork costs of insolvency proceedings in respect of large companies with many clients can be very high. However, one High Court case concerning a troubled group of holiday companies showed that technology can be harnessed to achieve economy in the interest of creditors. The four companies had between them over 14,000 customers when they went into...

Homeowner Overturns Gypsy Encampment Planning Permission

It is sometimes said that objectors’ opinions are not given enough weight in planning decisions. However, in one case, a determined homeowner obtained specialist legal advice and succeeded in overturning planning permission for a gypsy encampment that spoilt his views. Gypsy families had been living on land overlooked from the man’s home for several years...

Neighbours’ Row Over Garden Shed Costs £140,000

Disagreements between neighbours can usually be resolved with a little legal advice and goodwill on both sides. However, in one case where that sadly did not happen, a homeowner was left facing a six-figure legal costs bill after an abortive attempt to make an elderly couple move their garden shed and raised flower bed. The man claimed that the structures...