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Jim Lad! Tax Tribunal Ponders VAT on ‘Pirate Island’ Construction

Tax tribunals deal with some very unusual cases, but few can have been stranger than that concerning VAT liabilities in respect of a ‘pirate island’, built on a former gravel pit in rural England for the private enjoyment of a wealthy family. The artificial island was constructed at a cost of over £1 million and was complete with its own skeleton cage,...

Money Laundering – Drugs-Tainted Property Portfolio To Be Seized

Drug dealers and other criminals have a tendency to launder their profits through the property market, often using family members as go-betweens. As one High Court case showed, however, the authorities are well equipped to deal with such tactics. The case concerned four residential properties that were held in the names of the wife, brother and sister-in-law of...

Buyer Beware! Property Sale Contracts Mean What They Say!

Lawyers don’t use much Latin nowadays but ‘caveat emptor!’ – roughly translated as ‘buyer beware!’ – is still a fundamental principle that applies to property sales. In one case exactly on point, a builder defeated a breach of contract claim brought by a woman who tripped over a defective paving stone and broke her back. The pensioner bought a...

Don’t Rely on a Handshake – Get Your Contract in Writing!

The hazards involved in dispensing with legal formality and making oral contracts are well known – but it is surprising how often caution is thrown to the wind. In one case, the High Court rejected claims that a binding Euros 13.5 million business deal had been finalised by a simple handshake following dinner in an expensive restaurant. The case focused on the...

Court of Appeal Blazes Trail in Fight against Corporate Corruption

The global fight against corporate corruption is gathering pace and English judges are leading the way. In one case that proved the point, the Court of Appeal ruled that £4.4 million held in a UK bank account had rightly been frozen as the suspected proceeds of crime. The money represented the proceeds of sale of 800,000 shares in a Canadian company that had...

Employment Tribunal Fees

The Ministry of Justice has published its long-awaited review of the impact of Employment Tribunal (ET) fees, which were introduced in July 2013. Whilst the review does identify some areas for concern, it concludes that, on the whole, the objectives for the introduction of fees – i.e. transferring a proportion of the cost from the taxpayer to users of the...