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Amateur Historical Research Is No Replacement for Legal Advice

Many amateur historians enjoy pawing over old title deeds but, when it comes to discerning rights in respect of land, there is no replacement for professional advice. In one case, a homeowner carried out extensive research but was barking up the wrong tree when he claimed a right of way over his neighbour’s land. The man had lodged a caution at the Land...

Buying a Houseboat? See A Lawyer First or Face That Sinking Feeling!

Buying a houseboat can be just as tricky as purchasing a house and, in both cases, legal advice is absolutely essential so that you can be sure you get what you pay for. In one case exactly on point, two couples paid almost £2 million for luxury houseboats before realising that they had no residential mooring rights. One couple had sold their home on land in...

Court of Appeal Warns Against Legalistic Approach to Planning Decisions

When making planning decisions, local councillors are entitled to use common sense and local knowledge and it is not for judges to take a legalistic approach and second guess their conclusions. The Court of Appeal made that point in opening the way for conversion of a large apple storage barn into four executive homes. There was no dispute that the development...

Noisy Neighbours? You Don’t Have To Put Up With Them!

Noise nuisance is a serious blight on people’s lives but, with the right legal advice, you do not have to put up with it. In one case, a tower block resident was handed a stiff prison sentence after making a vulnerable neighbour’s life a misery. After receiving complaints about the tenant, his social housing landlord obtained an injunction against him,...

Right to a Peaceful Garden Trumps Bungalow Development

Planning permission is usually all that you need to turn your development plans into reality – but not always. In one case, a restrictive covenant enshrined in title deeds before the Second World War was enough to defeat proposals for a new bungalow. The covenant required that a plot of land lying between homes in a historic market town should not be built on,...

High Court Underlines Importance of Consistent Ministerial Decision-Making

Government ministers cannot be expected to know everything that civil servants are doing in their name. However, as one High Court ruling emphasised, it is vitally important that decisions that bear their signatures are reasonably consistent. The case concerned a planning permission that had been granted for 50 new homes in a rural village. The Secretary of...