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Dodgy Alternative Investment Companies Shut Down by High Court

There is nothing wrong with capitalism, but it is an essential role of government to ensure that companies do not operate against the public interest. In one case that proved the point, the High Court compulsorily wound up two companies that had missold objectionable investments to the public. The companies were alleged to have used misleading marketing material...

‘Conversion’ or ‘Rebuilding’ – High Court Sets Dividing Line

Where does the dividing line between ‘converting’ and ‘rebuilding’ a property lie? The High Court analysed that issue in a case concerning a steel-framed cow barn that its owners wished to turn into a dwelling pursuant to permitted development rights. The substantial barn was largely open on three sides. Whilst its steel frame, roof and...

Commercial Litigation Funding Is Not for the Faint-Hearted!

Third party commercial funding is a feature of modern litigation and, if it did not exist, many would be unable to afford access to justice. However, the risks involved are not for the faint-hearted, as a Court of Appeal decision has strikingly underlined. A number of individuals and corporations had provided £31.75 million in funding to support a company’s...

‘Ban on Second Homes’ In Seaside Town Upheld by High Court

Burgeoning numbers of second homes in picturesque areas can have a dramatic impact on property prices and a community’s character. In one case that starkly raised that issue, the High Court approved plans to restrict ownership of newly built homes in a seaside town to those who intend to use them as their principal residences. More than 80 per cent of the...

Nobody Likes the Noise of Heavy Lorries – But They Have to Go Somewhere

Few people like heavy lorries passing their homes – but they have to go somewhere if the wheels of commerce are not to grind to a halt. In one case that highlighted the issue, the High Court ruled on a dispute between two local authorities in respect of lorry movements to and from a development site. Council A had granted planning permission for the...

Driven Mad by Unsolicited Texts? Your Complaints Will Be Heard!

Unsolicited text messages and emails are a modern scourge. However, one case in which a company was fined £70,000 in respect of 2.2 million direct marketing texts sent in little more than six months showed that complaints from the public will not go unheard. The company specialised in generating ‘leads’ and ‘matching’ those in need of...