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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...

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...

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...

You Need a Lawyer to Help Make Those Knife-Edge Decisions

Litigation is often an exercise in brinksmanship and the need to make knife-edge decisions under pressure is one very good reason why advice from experienced professionals frequently makes the difference between victory and defeat. One case exactly on point concerned a seven-figure professional negligence claim by a bank against a firm of chartered surveyors....

The Wording of Contracts is All Important – but Context Matters Too

The wording of contracts is the first port of call for judges who are asked to interpret them – but context matters too. The Court of Appeal made that point in resolving a long-running dispute that arose from the closure of a packaging factory and the loss of over 100 jobs. The factory’s demise was marked by bitter dispute between the company that owned it,...

Tribunal Saves Domestic Abuse Victim from Corporate Tax Nightmare

Appointment as a company director is usually a cause for celebration, but it is vital to understand that corporate officers owe a swathe of legal duties, not least to the tax authorities. In one striking case, a woman faced six-figure tax demands and penalties after her abusive partner made her a director of his company. The man, who had subjected his partner to...