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You Can Be Resident in More than One Country At Once – High Court Ruling

It is possible to be resident in more than one country at the same time and those who have been resident in England for three months or more are generally also viewed as domiciled here. The High Court made those points in considering the position of a Russian businessman who spent most of his time in his homeland but was a frequent visitor to London, where he...

Buying a Holiday Home Abroad? You Need Independent Legal Advice

When buying holiday homes abroad, it is absolutely vital to employ solicitors who are entirely independent of the vendors. One case that resoundingly proved the point concerned a development of luxury homes in Italy that was alleged to have been a money laundering front for the IRA and the mafia. Almost 200 UK and Irish purchasers had paid deposits of up to...

Disclosure of Shareholder Registers – Court of Appeal Test Case

Companies are, on pain of criminal sanction, required by to keep their shareholder registers open for public inspection. However, as a Court of Appeal test case made clear, shareholders are entitled to expect that their personal data will only be used for proper purposes. Pursuant to Section 116 of the Companies Act 2006, a businessman who specialises in tracing...

Supreme Court Pins £26.5 Million Bill on Wind Farms Contractor

Construction contracts frequently require works to comply with recognised standards set by independent bodies – but what happens if those standards are wrong? The Supreme Court tackled that issue in the context of two offshore wind farms that began to fail soon after their construction, leaving a £26.5 million repair bill. Following a tendering exercise, a...

Housing Land Supply – Local Authorities Are Feeling the Pressure

Local authorities are under intense pressure from central government to do their bit in meeting the burgeoning need for more new homes. That was illustrated in one High Court case in which a council succeeded in overturning a planning inspector’s ruling that it did not have in place a five-year supply of available housing land. The council had refused consent...

Employment Law and Human Rights – The Debate Continues

The impact of the UK’s human rights obligations on employment law is still a subject of much debate almost 20 years after the advent of the Human Rights Act 1998. In one important case, the Court of Appeal upheld a trade union’s plea that the right to freedom of association may be violated by the exclusion of parks police officers from pre-redundancy...