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Not Every Green Belt Development Impacts on Openness – High Court Ruling

Buildings in the Green Belt that do not have a significant visual impact or materially harm the character and appearance of the area can be acceptable in planning terms. The High Court made that point in a case concerning the unauthorised extension of a petrol filling station. The station consisted of fuel pumps, covered by a canopy, together with coffee and...

Buying a Home Abroad? It’s Best to Consult an English Lawyer

Buying a home abroad can be a risky busines,s and that is why it is wise to instruct a UK-based solicitor with expertise in the legal system of the country concerned to oversee the transaction. In one case exactly on point, 16 British would-be purchasers of luxury Costa Brava apartments risked losing their money due to a Spanish lawyer’s negligence. The...

Interpreting Contracts – It Is Express Terms That Matter, Not Hindsight

The law requires that commercial contracts are interpreted on the basis of the words actually used and it is illegitimate to apply hindsight in order to achieve what might be viewed as a fair outcome. In an important decision in an employment case, the Court of Appeal found that a judge fell into precisely that trap. The case concerned a senior financial broker...

Victim of Unlawful Police Surveillance Wins Over £45,000 Damages

Official surveillance of private citizens is sometimes necessary, but is subject to tight legal restraints to guard against unwarranted invasions of privacy. In one recent case, a man who was, without authority, kept under police observation whilst commuting on a train to work was awarded more than £45,000 in compensation. A British Transport Police (BTP)...

Can You Be Working When You’re Asleep? Court of Appeal Says No!

Many employees, particularly in the care industry, are required to sleep in overnight at or near their workplaces in order to provide assistance if needed – but are they entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for hours spent in slumber? The Court of Appeal has tackled that issue in a guideline ruling. The two cases under consideration concerned...