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High Court Underlines Importance of Consistent Ministerial Decision-Making

Government ministers cannot be expected to know everything that civil servants are doing in their name. However, as one High Court ruling emphasised, it is vitally important that decisions that bear their signatures are reasonably consistent. The case concerned a planning permission that had been granted for 50 new homes in a rural village. The Secretary of...

‘Grey Market’ in Trademarked Goods Is Illegal, Supreme Court Rules

The so-called ‘grey market’ in genuine branded goods, the sale of which is prohibited by trade mark proprietors for quality control or other reasons, is just as illegal as trading in counterfeits, the Supreme Court has ruled in an important test case. The case concerned the pending prosecution of three traders who were alleged to have engaged in the bulk...

You Can Be Resident in More than One Country At Once – High Court Ruling

It is possible to be resident in more than one country at the same time and those who have been resident in England for three months or more are generally also viewed as domiciled here. The High Court made those points in considering the position of a Russian businessman who spent most of his time in his homeland but was a frequent visitor to London, where he...

What Is a ‘College of a University’? Court of Appeal Provides the Answer

Universities were once easily defined institutions, but the increasingly diversified and commercial nature of the higher education estate has muddied the waters. In that context, the Court of Appeal considered the tax treatment of a private company that was accredited to provide degree courses on a university’s behalf. The company ran an institute that was...

Buying a Holiday Home Abroad? You Need Independent Legal Advice

When buying holiday homes abroad, it is absolutely vital to employ solicitors who are entirely independent of the vendors. One case that resoundingly proved the point concerned a development of luxury homes in Italy that was alleged to have been a money laundering front for the IRA and the mafia. Almost 200 UK and Irish purchasers had paid deposits of up to...