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Land Owners’ Rights Must Sometimes Bow to the Public Good

The rights of property owners are often viewed as constitutional in their sanctity – but even they sometimes have to give way to the general public good. In one case that illustrated the point, a commercial property owner could not prevent the compulsory acquisition of a strip of its land to make way for an urban regeneration scheme. In making the disputed...

Dishonest Premier League Manager Receives £3,776,000 Bill

Employers have a right to expect that their workers will honour their contracts and behave honestly. In one case where that signally did not happen, the manager of a Premier League football club who lied his way to a £2 million bonus was hit hard in the pocket first by arbitrators and then by the High Court. The club had agreed to pay the manager the bonus if...

Doing Deals over the Phone? Make Sure You Confirm in Writing!

Doing deals over the phone is a hazardous business and agreements should always be confirmed formally in writing, preferably by a lawyer. In one case that strikingly proved the point, an estate agent sacrificed a substantial commission due to his failure to reach a binding contract with the vendor. The vendor of eight flats had a phone conversation with the...

Property Vendors – Information Requests Must Be Accurately Answered!

Requests for information prior to completion of property transactions must always be fully and accurately answered. However, in one case where that did not happen, a flat purchaser won £15,000 in damages after the vendor failed to inform her of an ongoing dispute concerning a defective heating system. Prior to the transaction, the vendor was formally asked if...

Tribunal Slams Perfunctory Treatment of Sacked Property Manager

A senior property management company employee who was made redundant in an insensitive and perfunctory manner after more than 40 years’ service has had his compensation hopes boosted by a powerfully worded decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). The company took the view that there were too many senior managers in the department in which the man...