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Flat Tenants Victorious in Service Charges Challenge

Service charges are a burden on residential tenants and the onus is on landlords to prove that expenses have been reasonably incurred. In one case, a tribunal found that insurance premiums passed on to residents of a block of flats over a three-year period were more than £27,000 higher than they should have been. The case concerned a landlord who had negotiated...

Paid Your Tax Late? There is Such a Thing as a Reasonable Excuse!

Companies and individuals who fail to pay tax on time are routinely hit with financial penalties – but the law does recognise that there is such a thing as a reasonable excuse. In one case, a company that was plunged into a state of chaos by a key employee’s departure on maternity leave succeeded in overturning a £1,540 penalty. In the absence of its...

Football Club Triumphs In Match Day Policing Costs Test Case

In a decision that will be greeted with joy by football clubs all over the country, the Court of Appeal has ruled that police forces are not entitled to charge them for keeping the peace in public areas around stadiums on match days. The case concerned a club that had been charged up to £25,472 per match day by its local police force in respect of what were...

When Do Serial Contract Adjudications Become Unreasonable or Oppressive?

There is no statutory limit on the number of contract adjudications that can be launched in respect of the same, or similar, subject matter. However, as one case concerning a PFI contract showed, the High Court retains an inherent power to block serial adjudications where they are unreasonable or oppressive. The case concerned a construction company that bid for...

Loft Insulation and Energy Efficiency – High Court Ruling

Energy suppliers are required by law to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and ensure that their customers’ homes are energy efficient. The extent of those duties came under the spotlight in a High Court case in which a manufacturer argued that existing loft insulation methods do not meet environmental protection targets. The case concerned a product used to...