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Fair and Equal Treatment of Travellers – High Court Ruling

Traveller encampments are not always popular with neighbouring landowners, but one High Court case has underlined the overarching aim of planning policy that travellers should be fairly and equally treated and their traditionally nomadic way of life respected. A local authority had granted planning consent for an emergency roadside stopping point for up to 12...

Law Enforcers Relentless in Pursuit of Nightclub Boss’s Unpaid Tax

UK law enforcers are relentless in their efforts to ensure that criminals do not profit from their misdeeds. In one case, a man who pocketed door receipts from a nightclub where drug dealing was rife was hit with a bill for over £1 million in respect of unpaid tax and penalties 20 years after the venue was raided by police. The man was arrested following the...

Government Rapped Over Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Station

The UK government has received a stern rap over the knuckles from the European Court of Justice after failing in its obligation to limit nitrogen oxide emissions from one of the country’s largest coal-fired power stations. The European Commission had launched proceedings against the UK in respect of the operation of the Aberthaw power station in South Wales....

Lending Money to a Loved One? See a Lawyer First!

Money often changes hands between life partners on the basis of trust – but one case in which a woman was left holding nothing but a disputed IOU in respect of £175,000 she claimed to have lent her husband showed how important it is to keep proper records and seek formal legal advice. Following the end of the marriage, the woman claimed that she had lent the...

Draft Business Rates Announced

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has published the draft rateable values for commercial properties that will be used by local authorities to set business rates from April 2017. The VOA has provided an online tool so that business ratepayers can review their draft rateable value and get an estimate of their 2017/2018 bill. You can also: request changes to...