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Churchill said, “democracy is the worst form of government-except all of the others”. We know from our MO clients that this could frequently be said to be the case concerning certain Elected Members. To be a Councillor (speaking as a Parish Councillor myself) tends to be a choice for those with strong opinions,  who can […]

        In that business killer thriller called The Apprentice (yielding at least one casualty a week), when the Grand Panjandrum wants someone out, he just has to point a finger and say ‘You’re Fired!’ ‘Done-for’ hopefuls then meekly oblige and trundle off.    But not so easy with elected authority members. For their capacity to […]

  The dispute between Perinatal Institute (“PI”) and Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (“HQIP”) has taken a further twist in a recent Technology and Construction Court decision (Perinatal Institute v Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership [2017] EWHC 1867 (TCC)). Mrs Justice Jefford allowed PI’s application to amend their original claim, but then struck out the original claim. […]

  Once again, in these uncertain times, what we thought we knew isn’t so certain…. The High Court has recently clarified, in R (on the application of ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs[1], the extent to which the Government and Local Authorities are bound to observe purdah in the […]

This is the interesting question posed in a recent Lithuanian case involving a State railway company and its Tekal subsidiary.  We have yet to receive the CJEU’s judgement, but we do have the Advocate General’s opinion – this is not binding on the Court but is often followed. The case concerned a Teckal arrangement between […]

Facts EnergySolutions EU Ltd (now ATK Energy – “ATK”) unsuccessfully tendered for a contract to decommission 12 “Magnox” nuclear power stations managed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (“NDA”). It was found (following a previous judgement) by the Court that ATK should have been awarded the contract and that the NDA made serious errors in their […]

Summary Mr Platt’s (“F”) seven year-old daughter (“D”) was a registered pupil at an Isle of Wight primary school. F sought to remove D from school, during term time, for a holiday to DisneyWorld, America. This holiday would cause D to be absent from school for seven days. F initially made a formal request for […]

Guardian schemes are an increasingly popular way for property owners to protect vacant premises against squatters and vandalism. Management companies arrange for individuals to live in such properties as licensees. However, the recent case of Camelot Property Management Limited and Camelot Guardian Management Limited v Roynon [2017] is a reminder that when it comes to determining the […]

As a property litigator, when you get a message from a client you are not expecting to hear from asking you to call urgently at 7.30am on a Friday morning, you know that your day is not going to go the way you thought it was.  “They’re back” was the message. Our client had bought a 3.5ha site […]

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