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How to Approach Outline Planning Applications? Court of Appeal Guidance

A great many applications for planning consent are submitted in outline, with details of proposed developments left over for consideration at a later stage. In an important ruling, the Court of Appeal analysed the extent to which planners’ hands are tied by the limited scope of such applications. A developer had applied for outline permission in respect of a...

Working at Height – Failing to Comply With the Rules Can Cost You Dear!

Working at height requires special training and protective measures. In a cautionary tale for employers who may be tempted to use unqualified staff to carry out roof repairs or other precarious tasks, a company that did just that was hit hard in the pocket after being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. The company had instructed three members of its...

Unfair Dismissal Can Blight Your Lifetime Earnings – See a Lawyer Today!

Unfair dismissal can blight your career indefinitely but, with the right legal advice, you can be compensated for every penny you lose in earnings. One case that proved the point concerned a finance director who was persecuted for whistleblowing and found herself out of a job in middle age. The woman blew the whistle on the chief executive officer of the company...

State Manipulation of Inflation Index Triggers $3 Billion Investment Dispute

Returns paid on very many financial instruments are linked to inflation – but what happens if the relevant cost of living index is manipulated by state authorities? The Court of Appeal considered that burning issue in relation to structured notes with a face value of $3 billion. The notes had been provided by an American bank to an Argentine insurance and...

Landlord Sees Off ‘Sham’ Comparable Rent Accusation

Making comparisons between similar properties is the standard means of assessing appropriate levels of rent payable on commercial premises. The practice came under scrutiny by the Court of Appeal as a landlord defeated claims that it had entered into a sham lease at an artificially inflated rent in an attempt to push up its returns on other properties that it...