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Racing Stable Owner Wins Rateable Value Dispute by a Nose

Putting a price on houses is all in a day’s work for any surveyor, but valuing land that is put to a more unusual use can present a particular challenge. In one important test case, a tribunal was tasked with assessing the rateable value of gallops used by a leading racing stable. The stable was equipped with two gallops, one made of woodchips and the other...

Byzantine Environmental Protection Rules ‘A Nightmare’ Say Judges

The pressure is on the government to simplify Byzantine environmental protection rules after the Court of Appeal described their interpretation as ‘a nightmare’. The Court made its comments as it overturned a recycling company’s convictions for failing to comply with a condition attached to an environmental permit. The company operated a site at which...

Client Connections ‘Are Not Assets’, Court of Appeal Rules

Client connections built up over a working life are certainly valuable, but the ability to take customers with you from one job to another is not in itself an ‘asset’, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case of particular interest to the financial services industry. The case concerned a team of experienced professionals who had moved from a bank to an...

Holiday Pay and Unearned Commission – British Gas Refused Right to Appeal

Last year, the Court of Appeal upheld the view of the Employment Tribunal (ET) and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that the Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted so as to conform with EU law in respect of holiday pay (British Gas Trading Limited v Lock and Another). Mr Lock’s normal pay included a commission based on sales in the previous...

The Legal Issues of removing videos from Youtube, Facebook and Twitter

The legal issues of removing video content from Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media Josiah Hincks’ Intellectual Property Solicitors in Leicester, were recently instructed on an urgent basis to seek the removal of a video from Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites. We successfully had the offending video removed...

High Court Keeps Commercially Sensitive Product Information Secret

Litigation often requires disclosure of highly sensitive commercial details. However, as one intellectual property case concerning a mapping database showed, the courts do have sophisticated means of keeping such information under wraps. A company had spent over £500,000 developing what it described as a unique and ground-breaking database of geospatial and...