Legal News

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An argument over a planning permission for a small rural development has necessitated the intervention of the Court of Appeal , which confirmed that a council that failed to follow its own planning guidelines could not grant permission for a development...
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People who seek advantage by going beyond the bounds of planning permission they are given can expect to be taught a very expensive lesson by the courts. However, the law does guarantee the right of a person to have a planning application considered, as was...
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Even if injuries suffered in road accidents are relatively slight, the consequences of trauma can be devastating. That was certainly so in one case concerning a senior IT manager who won a six-figure compensation award for the psychiatric consequences of a...
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No amount of careful drafting can be guaranteed to iron out disagreements as to the true meaning of contract terms and when a dispute occurs it may require the intervention of a judge to bring clarity. One case exactly on point concerned a contract for the...
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Slipping accidents can happen anywhere – even in the 'Mother of Parliaments'. That point was made by a case in which a cleaner won thousands of pounds in damages after coming to grief on a greasy spillage in a House of Commons kitchen. Roast lunches...
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Compensation is for accident victims who deserve it and judges come down hard on those who dishonestly embellish their claims. In one case, a man who deliberately and cynically lied in an attempt to win more than £1 million in damages after a road...
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Home ownership is generally regarded as providing safety and long-term security, but this is not always the case as properties can be compulsorily purchased by public authorities to make way for socially beneficial developments. Any householders affected are...
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Race discrimination takes many forms and can be both conscious and unconscious. In an example of the latter, a mixed-race woman who was subjected to humiliating treatment by police officers triumphed in her marathon fight for compensation. The woman was...
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Accidents at work can ruin careers and, if they are your employer's fault, it is only fair that you are compensated. In one case on point, an air stewardess left traumatised by an incident in which a jet engine caught fire was awarded more than...
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Planning permissions mean what they say and judges are very reluctant to imply terms into them, even in order to correct flawed drafting. That point was made by the High Court as it opened the way for a former DIY store to be used for food retailing. ...
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When a person is injured in a motor accident that is not their fault, a claim will be brought against the other driver and met by that driver's insurance company. In such circumstances, a special regime applies to the legal costs involved, such that the...
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Compensation awards to patients let down by the NHS are commonplace, but it is sometimes medical professionals themselves who suffer injury. In a recent case, a dietician who was infected by a rare strain of tuberculosis in the hospital where she worked...
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Most leaseholders would like to obtain the right to manage their own premises. However, as one tribunal case shows , there are many potential pitfalls, so seeking professional legal advice is always a wise precaution. The four qualifying tenants of a block...
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When a person secures compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of someone else, do they lose their entitlement to free assistance from their local authority? The Court of Appeal dealt with this question in the context of the Mental Health Act 1983...
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Aesthetic opinions differ dramatically and, in planning disputes, one property owner's dream is very often anathema to another. That was certainly so in one case in which the Court of Appeal opened the way for the demolition and replacement of a...
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With expert legal representation, it is not always necessary for accident victims to prove negligence in order to win compensation. In one case, a motorist's insurance company agreed to pay damages of £1 million to a seriously injured road accident...
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Rights of way over land are a constant source of dispute and, because the law relating to land is complex, such disputes all too frequently end up in avoidable court proceedings. A recent case heard by Bristol County Court was brought by a man who claimed...
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The first issue that has to be decided in any injury claim is that of liability – who was actually responsible for the injury? Sometimes this is far from straightforward and, even when the injury is clearly not the fault of the person who was injured,...
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There has been much grumbling over the years about the fact that where a tenant occupies multiple floors of a building, those floors will normally be treated as separate premises for the calculation of business rates. This normally produces larger rates...
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It is often said that insurance companies do not like paying out and, in one case that lent support to that assertion, an insurer put private detectives on the tail of a chronic fatigue syndrome sufferer but utterly failed to prove that he had lied and faked...
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It is estimated that more than 800,000 Britons now own property abroad. What used to be highly exceptional may now seem rather commonplace, but that is no reason why buyers should relax their vigilance over the process. In particular, it is absolutely vital...
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When a mother or father dies as a result of negligence, the law does not leave their dependent loved ones to sink or swim. In one case, the widow and two children of a property developer who died two years after being gravely injured in a road accident...
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Housing developments are almost always controversial and, in deciding whether or not to approve them, planners have to balance environmental and other objections against social and economic benefits. That was certainly so in one case in which the High...
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Disputes between neighbours can blight the lives of all concerned and it is always wise to seek legal advice before matters get out of hand. In one case, an elderly couple face losing their home under the weight of legal bills following a long-running row...
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Road accident victims often do their utmost to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. However, as one High Court case showed, specialist lawyers are always there to help if a full recovery proves impossible. The case concerned a young university...