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Does Your Local Authority Have An Adequate Supply of Housing Land?

Demand for new homes is overwhelming, but local authorities that have set aside an adequate supply of housing land for the future are in a much stronger position when it comes to blocking developments that they view as undesirable. That point could hardly have been more clearly made than by one High Court case in which a council successfully challenged planning...

Car Repair Shop Manager Pays for Health and Safety Incompetence

Health and safety in the workplace must be taken seriously and a failure to do so can have severe consequences. In one case, a car repair shop manager’s woefully inadequate performance in that respect meant that he was entitled to zero compensation, notwithstanding his unfair dismissal. The man had worked for the same company for more than 40 years and its...

Long Tail Asbestos Losses – Where Does Corporate Liability Lie?

Long tail losses arising out of asbestos exposure are immense and judges are often obliged to delve far back into corporate history in order to discern where liabilities rightfully fall. That was certainly so in one case concerning an electricity industry worker who died from cancer almost 50 years after he was exposed. The man worked in the turbines division of...

Retirement Can Be a Sensitive Subject – Avoid Age Discrimination!

Employee retirement is a sensitive issue that needs extremely careful handling in the light of age discrimination laws. The point was underlined by one case in which a veteran solicitor claimed that he had been forced to resign after being frozen out by his younger colleagues. The man, in his 60s, was a director and shareholder of an incorporated legal practice...

What Is the ‘Setting’ of a Heritage Asset? High Court Gives Guidance

What constitutes the ‘setting’ of a heritage asset? The High Court considered that burning issue in overturning planning permission for a development of 400 new homes on a site less than two miles away from a Grade I-listed stately home. The neo-classical property was viewed as one of the finest examples of 18th century architecture in Britain and the site...

Hiatus in Award of Public Railway Contract ‘Not In the Public Interest’

The fairness of public contract tendering is rigorously enforced and the award of any such contract is automatically suspended if a dispute arises. However, in one case, the High Court ruled that the continuation of such a hiatus was not in the public interest. A company that had failed to win a contract in respect of provision of a new traction system for an...