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Liverpool Corporation v Chorley Union: HL 3 Feb 1913

The appellants, who owned waterworks, contended they were not in beneficial occupation of a moor owned by them and forming part of their catchment area but not otherwise used except by their shooting tenant. Held that either of these uses was sufficient to constitute the appellants beneficial occupiers and therefore liable to assessment. Lord Chancellor … Continue reading Liverpool Corporation v Chorley Union: HL 3 Feb 1913

Brown and Others v South West Lakes Trust and Others: CA 17 Jan 2022

This appeal raises issues about whether claims: (1) under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984 (‘the 1984 Act’) against occupiers of land adjoining a highway; and (2) against the relevant highway authority; arising from a tragic road traffic accident were reasonable causes of action or had a real prospect of success. Lord Justice Lewison Lord Justice … Continue reading Brown and Others v South West Lakes Trust and Others: CA 17 Jan 2022

Manchester Corporation v Connolly: CA 1970

The local authority sought to use an injunction to assist in enforcing planning controls. The court had no power to make an interlocutory order for possession. Lord Diplock: ‘The writ of possession was originally a common law writ (although it is now regulated, as I say, by Ord. 45 r.3) under which it was ordered … Continue reading Manchester Corporation v Connolly: CA 1970

King and Others v Residential Marine Ltd (Park Homes – Electricity Charges): UTLC 21 Dec 2021

PARK HOMES – ELECTRICITY CHARGES – written statement requiring occupiers to pay for electricity supplied by park owner – no term fixing price of supply – disagreement over price – maximum resale price – whether charge to include contribution to climate change levy – section 4, Mobile Homes Act 1983 – section 44, Electricity Act … Continue reading King and Others v Residential Marine Ltd (Park Homes – Electricity Charges): UTLC 21 Dec 2021

Regina v Special Adjudicator ex parte Ullah; Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 17 Jun 2004

The applicants had had their requests for asylum refused. They complained that if they were removed from the UK, their article 3 rights would be infringed. If they were returned to Pakistan or Vietnam they would be persecuted for their religious faiths. Held: A distinction was to be made between domestic cases involving actions within … Continue reading Regina v Special Adjudicator ex parte Ullah; Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 17 Jun 2004

Associated Provincial Picture Houses Ltd v Wednesbury Corporation: CA 10 Nov 1947

Administrative Discretion to be Used Reasonably The applicant challenged the manner of decision making as to the conditions which had been attached to its licence to open the cinema on Sundays. It had not been allowed to admit children under 15 years of age. The statute provided no appeal procedure, and the applicant sought a … Continue reading Associated Provincial Picture Houses Ltd v Wednesbury Corporation: CA 10 Nov 1947

C Plc and W v P and Secretary of State for the Home Office and the Attorney General: ChD 26 May 2006

The claimant sought damages from the first defendant for breach of copyright. An ex parte search order had been executed, with the defendant asserting his privilege against self-incrimination. As computer disks were examined, potentially unlawful images of children were found. The searching officer asked the court for directions as to what to do. Held: The … Continue reading C Plc and W v P and Secretary of State for the Home Office and the Attorney General: ChD 26 May 2006

Manolete Partners Plc v Hastings Borough Council: TCC 12 Apr 2013

Application for compensation under s.106 of the Building Act 1984 for compensation as a result of the Council exercising its powers to prevent access to Hastings Pier under s.78 of the 1984 Act. Held: The court rejected the defence, holding that the reference to ‘default’ should be read as default in respect of obligations imposed … Continue reading Manolete Partners Plc v Hastings Borough Council: TCC 12 Apr 2013

Howarth v Commissioner of Police of The Metropolis: QBD 3 Nov 2011

The claimant sought judicial review of a decision to search him whilst travelling to a public protest in London. A previous demonstration involving this group had resulted in criminal damage, but neither the claimant nor his companions were found to be in possession of any materials for causing damage. The claimant said that the officer … Continue reading Howarth v Commissioner of Police of The Metropolis: QBD 3 Nov 2011

Wheeler v Copes: QBD 1981

A labour-only subcontractor was provided with an inadequate ladder by the defendant. He was injured using it. Held: The defendant was found liable. However, Chapman J said: ‘The plaintiff puts his case to a considerable extent on the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, but it seems to me that there may be considerable difficulty in relation … Continue reading Wheeler v Copes: QBD 1981

Hampshire Waste Services Ltd v Persons Intending to Trespass and/or Trespassing upon Incinerator Sites: ChD 2003

The court granted an interlocutory injunction to restrain unknown trespassers from entering land.The Vice-Chancellor gave the following guidance : (1) First, that the description of the defendant should not involve a legal conclusion, such as is implicit in the use of the word ‘trespass’. (2) Secondly, that it is undesirable to use a description such … Continue reading Hampshire Waste Services Ltd v Persons Intending to Trespass and/or Trespassing upon Incinerator Sites: ChD 2003

Bloomsbury Publishing Group Ltd and J K Rowling v News Group Newspapers Ltd and others: ChD 23 May 2003

The publishers had gone to great lengths to keep advance copies of a forthcoming book in the Harry Potter series secret. They became aware that some had been stolen from the printers and sought injunctions against the defendants and another unnamed and unknown person. Held: The court was able to make the order sought against … Continue reading Bloomsbury Publishing Group Ltd and J K Rowling v News Group Newspapers Ltd and others: ChD 23 May 2003

Silk Tree Properties Ltd v Grant and Others: UTLC 16 Dec 2015

UTLC MOBILE HOMES -construction of agreements — costs — application by occupiers to First-tier Tribunal for determination whether certain sewerage charges were payable pursuant to their agreements — F-tT finding in favour of site owners — question arising as to whether the agreements on their proper construction entitled site owners to recover from occupiers the … Continue reading Silk Tree Properties Ltd v Grant and Others: UTLC 16 Dec 2015

Henry Trotter, of Morton Hall, Esq v Alexander, Earl of Marchmont; William, Earl of Home; Andrew Hogg of Harcarse, Esq; William Home and Roger Moodie;: HL 12 Feb 1736

Commonty. – Prescription – The proprietor of a moor (over which several heritors had rights of servitude,) possessed other lands, to which no servitude on the moor belonged, but the tenants of which were in use for above forty years, of pasturing cattle, andc. in common with the occupiers of the dominant lands. Found in … Continue reading Henry Trotter, of Morton Hall, Esq v Alexander, Earl of Marchmont; William, Earl of Home; Andrew Hogg of Harcarse, Esq; William Home and Roger Moodie;: HL 12 Feb 1736

Trailer and Marina (Leven) Ltd, Regina (ex parte) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Another: CA 15 Dec 2004

The claimant sought a declaration that the 1981 Act, as amended, interfered with the peaceful enjoyment of its possession, namely a stretch of canal which had been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with the effect that it was unusable. It had come to be a habitat for wildlife, and the order prevented the … Continue reading Trailer and Marina (Leven) Ltd, Regina (ex parte) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Another: CA 15 Dec 2004

Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: HL 30 Jul 2009

Need for Certainty in Scope of Offence The appellant suffered a severe chronic illness and anticipated that she might want to go to Switzerland to commit suicide. She would need her husband to accompany her, and sought an order requiring the respondent to provide clear guidelines on the circumstances under which someone might be prosecuted … Continue reading Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions: HL 30 Jul 2009

Manchester City Council v Pinnock: SC 3 Nov 2010

The tenant had been secure but had his tenancy had been reduced to an insecure demoted tenancy after he was accused of anti-social behaviour. He had not himself been accused of any misbehaviour, but it was said that he should have controlled his family members. The county court had been unwilling to allow any challenge … Continue reading Manchester City Council v Pinnock: SC 3 Nov 2010

Hallam, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Justice: SC 30 Jan 2019

These appeals concern the statutory provisions governing the eligibility for compensation of persons convicted of a criminal offence where their conviction is subsequently quashed (or they are pardoned) because of the impact of fresh evidence. It was argued that the failure to make payment amounted to a denial of the right to the presumption of … Continue reading Hallam, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Justice: SC 30 Jan 2019

Kay and Another v London Borough of Lambeth and others; Leeds City Council v Price and others and others: HL 8 Mar 2006

In each case the local authority sought to recover possession of its own land. In the Lambeth case, they asserted this right as against an overstaying former tenant, and in the Leeds case as against gypsies. In each case the occupiers said that the recovery of possession interfered with their right respect for their family … Continue reading Kay and Another v London Borough of Lambeth and others; Leeds City Council v Price and others and others: HL 8 Mar 2006

B (A Minor) v Director of Public Prosecutions: HL 23 Feb 2000

Prosecution to prove absence of genuine belief To convict a defendant under the 1960 Act, the prosecution had the burden of proving the absence of a genuine belief in the defendant’s mind that the victim was 14 or over. The Act itself said nothing about any mental element, so the assumption must be that mens … Continue reading B (A Minor) v Director of Public Prosecutions: HL 23 Feb 2000

Federated Homes Ltd v Mill Lodge Properties Ltd: CA 29 Nov 1979

Covenents Attach to entire land not just parts Conveyances contained restrictive covenants but they were not expressly attached to the land. The issue was whether they were merely personal. Held: Section 78 made the covenant by the purchaser binding on his successors also. The section provides for statutory annexation of any covenant which touches and … Continue reading Federated Homes Ltd v Mill Lodge Properties Ltd: CA 29 Nov 1979

A G Securities v Vaughan; Antoniades v Villiers and Bridger: HL 10 Nov 1988

In Antoniades, the two tenants occupied an attic, living together. Each had at the same time signed identical agreements purporting to create licences. The landlord had reserved to himself the right to occupy the property and to allow others to occupy it so as to create no more than a licence. Held: Behaviour by the … Continue reading A G Securities v Vaughan; Antoniades v Villiers and Bridger: HL 10 Nov 1988

Gillow v The United Kingdom: ECHR 24 Nov 1986

The housing authority in Guernsey refused to allow the applicants to occupy the house they owned there. Held: The house in question was the applicants’ home because, although they had been absent from Guernsey for many years, they had not established any other home elsewhere in the United Kingdom and had retained ‘sufficient continuing links’ … Continue reading Gillow v The United Kingdom: ECHR 24 Nov 1986

Smeaton v Ilford Corporation: ChD 1954

Overloading caused the corporation’s foul sewer to erupt through a manhole and discharge ‘deleterious and malodorous matter’ into Mr Smeaton’s garden. Held: The authority were not liable for the connections with the sewer and discharge of their sewage into it. The court denied the possibility of pursuing a claim for damages in nuisance where there … Continue reading Smeaton v Ilford Corporation: ChD 1954

Buckinghamshire County Council v Moran: CA 13 Feb 1989

The parties’ respective properties were separated by a fence or hedge and the true owner had no access to the disputed land. In 1967 the Defendants’ predecessors in title began to maintain the land by mowing the grass and trimming the hedges and using the land for their own purposes. The evidence was that the … Continue reading Buckinghamshire County Council v Moran: CA 13 Feb 1989

Barkas, Regina (on The Application of ) v North Yorkshire County Council and Another: SC 6 Mar 2014

The Court was asked as to the registration of a playing field as a ‘town or village green’. Local residents asserted that their use of the land, having been ‘as of right’ required the registration. They now appealed against rejection of that argument. Held: The basic issues was ‘where land is provided and maintained by … Continue reading Barkas, Regina (on The Application of ) v North Yorkshire County Council and Another: SC 6 Mar 2014

Powell v McFarlane: ChD 1977

Intention to Establish Adverse Possession of Land A squatter had occupied the land and defended a claim for possession. The court discussed the conditions necessary to establish an intention to possess land adversely to the paper owner. Held: Slade J said: ‘It will be convenient to begin by restating a few basic principles relating to … Continue reading Powell v McFarlane: ChD 1977

Regina v City of Sunderland ex parte Beresford: HL 13 Nov 2003

Land had been used as a park for many years. The council land owner refused to register it as a common, saying that by maintaining the park it had indicated that the use was by consent and licence, and that prescription did not apply. Held: Qualifying user having been found, there was nothing in the … Continue reading Regina v City of Sunderland ex parte Beresford: HL 13 Nov 2003

Hodgson v Trapp: HL 10 Nov 1988

The question was whether the attendance and mobility allowances which were payable to the plaintiff pursuant to statute should be deducted from damages she had received for personal injury. Held: They should be. Damages for negligence are intended to be ‘purely compensatory’: it cannot be emphasised too often when considering the assessment of damages for … Continue reading Hodgson v Trapp: HL 10 Nov 1988

Regina v Central Valuation Officer and another ex parte Edison First Power Limited: HL 10 Apr 2003

Powergen sold a property to Edison. Powergen had paid rates under a separate statutory rating regime, and paid an additional thirteen million pounds under an apportionment. Edison later complained that in being rated itself, the authorities had collected rates twice for the same property. It challenged the legality of the order under which the rates … Continue reading Regina v Central Valuation Officer and another ex parte Edison First Power Limited: HL 10 Apr 2003

Ratcliff v McConnell and Jones: CA 30 Nov 1998

The claimant, a nineteen year old student climbed into a college property in the early hours of the morning, and then took a running dive into the shallow end of a swimming pool, suffering severe injuries. He was accompanied by friends and had been drinking, though he was not drunk. Held: A trespasser having climbed … Continue reading Ratcliff v McConnell and Jones: CA 30 Nov 1998

Jolley v Sutton London Borough Council: HL 24 May 2000

An abandoned boat had been left on its land and not removed by the council. Children tried to repair it, jacked it up, and a child was injured when it fell. It was argued for the boy, who now appealed dismissal of his claim by the Court of Appeal, that the possibility of injury to … Continue reading Jolley v Sutton London Borough Council: HL 24 May 2000

Keown v Coventry Healthcare NHS Trust: CA 2 Feb 2006

The claimant a young boy fell from a fire escape on the defendant’s building. He suffered brain damage and in later life was convicted of sexual offences. Held: His claim failed: ‘there was no suggestion that the fire escape was fragile or had anything wrong with it as a fire escape and I do not … Continue reading Keown v Coventry Healthcare NHS Trust: CA 2 Feb 2006

Tomlinson v Congleton Borough Council and others: HL 31 Jul 2003

The claimant dived into a lake, severely injuring himself. The council appealed liability, arguing that it owed him no duty of care under the Act since he was a trespasser. It had placed warning signs to deter swimmers. Held: The council’s appeal succeeded. The risk of injury arose, not from any danger due to the … Continue reading Tomlinson v Congleton Borough Council and others: HL 31 Jul 2003

Spearman v Royal United Bath Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: QBD 4 Dec 2017

The Claimant suffered a hypoglycaemic attack (being Type 1 diabetic) and was taken by ambulance to the Hospital, arriving at 22.00 hours. Within 15 minutes, he had left the emergency department of the hospital, climbed five flights of stairs to a flat roof, climbed over a protective barrier and either fallen or jumped into a … Continue reading Spearman v Royal United Bath Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: QBD 4 Dec 2017

Robinson, Regina (on The Application of) v HMP Whatton and Another: Admn 4 Dec 2013

Two prisoners serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection sought judicial review of arrangements meaning that they had not been given a timely opportunity to demonstrate to the Parole Board that they are safe to be released. Their complaints centre on delays they experienced in gaining access to a prison course they were assessed as … Continue reading Robinson, Regina (on The Application of) v HMP Whatton and Another: Admn 4 Dec 2013

Hall v Beckenham Corporation: 1949

A claim was made in nuisance against the local authority, the owner of a public park, in which members of the public flew noisy model aircraft. Held: The local authority were not liable as the occupiers of the park for an alleged nuisance that was being committed in the park. Finnemore J discussed the purpose … Continue reading Hall v Beckenham Corporation: 1949

Mayor and Burgesses of London Borough of Lambeth v George Bigden and Others: CA 1 Dec 2000

A block of flats had been occupied over several years by a succession of squatters. The present occupiers appealed an order for possession, and the authority appealed refusal of possession for other flats. The occupiers asserted possessory title. Held: The earlier occupiers had sought licences from the authority, and had submitted petitions. The letters and … Continue reading Mayor and Burgesses of London Borough of Lambeth v George Bigden and Others: CA 1 Dec 2000

Ireland v David Lloyd Leisure Ltd: CA 14 Jun 2013

The claimant sought damages after being injured working out in the defendant’s gym. A weights machine had chopped off the top of her finger when it came to rest. The defendant appealed against a finding that the warnings had been inadequate. Held: The appeal failed. The case had been inadequately pleaded, with certain factual elements … Continue reading Ireland v David Lloyd Leisure Ltd: CA 14 Jun 2013

Collier v Anglian Water Authority: CA 26 Mar 1983

The plaintiff was injured when she tripped over a paving stone on the sea defence wall promenade at Mablethorpe, for which the defendants were responsible. Held: The defendants were responsible for the area under the Act as occupiers, and accordingly owed the plaintiff a common law duty of care as a visitor and were liable … Continue reading Collier v Anglian Water Authority: CA 26 Mar 1983

Valentines Homes and Construction Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Revenue and Customs: CA 31 Mar 2010

The claimant had applied for judicial review of a decision by the defendant to seek to recover a debt from them. The issue had however been settled in the County Court. Costs were ordered against them, and they now appealed. In a small company the chief manager and owner suffered a severe head injury, and … Continue reading Valentines Homes and Construction Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Revenue and Customs: CA 31 Mar 2010

Barber v London Borough of Croydon: CA 11 Feb 2010

The tenant who suffered learning and behavioural difficulties appealed against an order for possession of his council flat. He had become aggressive with the caretaker. The council sought possession, and he defended the claim saying that the council had failed to take account of his disability. Held: The applicable national guidance required the council to … Continue reading Barber v London Borough of Croydon: CA 11 Feb 2010

Huang v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 21 Mar 2007

Appellate Roles – Human Rights – Families Split The House considered the decision making role of immigration appellate authorities when deciding appeals on Human Rights grounds, against refusal of leave to enter or remain, under section 65. In each case the asylum applicant had had his own request refused but that of his family had … Continue reading Huang v Secretary of State for the Home Department: HL 21 Mar 2007

Haney and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice: SC 10 Dec 2014

The four claimants, each serving indeterminate prison sentences, said that as they approached the times when thy might apply for parol, they had been given insufficient support and training to meet the requirements for release. The courts below had been bound by decisions of the House of Lords despite those decisions being ruled incorrect by … Continue reading Haney and Others, Regina (on The Application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice: SC 10 Dec 2014

Mitchell and Another v Glasgow City Council: HL 18 Feb 2009

(Scotland) The pursuers were the widow and daughter of a tenant of the respondent who had been violently killed by his neighbour. They said that the respondent, knowing of the neighbour’s violent behaviours had a duty of care to the deceased and should have removed the neighbour, or warned them when their attempts to remove … Continue reading Mitchell and Another v Glasgow City Council: HL 18 Feb 2009

Kier Regional Ltd (T/A Wallis) v City and General (Holborn) Ltd and others: TCC 17 Oct 2008

kier_cityTCC2008 The claimant sought to make final an interim third party debt order. The defendants sought a stay of the enforcement. Coulson J [2008] EWHC 2454 (TCC) Bailii Civil Procedure Rules 72 Citing: Cited – Roberts Petroleum Ltd v Bernard Kenny Ltd HL 2-Jan-1983 The plaintiff supplied petrol to the defendant but had not been … Continue reading Kier Regional Ltd (T/A Wallis) v City and General (Holborn) Ltd and others: TCC 17 Oct 2008

Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza: HL 21 Jun 2004

Same Sex Partner Entitled to tenancy Succession The protected tenant had died. His same-sex partner sought a statutory inheritance of the tenancy. Held: His appeal succeeded. The Fitzpatrick case referred to the position before the 1998 Act: ‘Discriminatory law undermines the rule of law because it is the antithesis of fairness. It brings the law … Continue reading Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza: HL 21 Jun 2004

Truro Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd v Foley: CA 22 Oct 2008

The tenant appealed against a decision that a deed he had entered into with the claimant did not operate to give him the status of a protected or statutory tenancy. Held: The tenant had had a full Rent Act tenancy. The Board claimed possession. There had been a compromise under which he left possession for … Continue reading Truro Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd v Foley: CA 22 Oct 2008

Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and others: CA 19 Feb 2009

The claimant suffered a debilitating terminal disease. She anticipated going to commit suicide at a clinic in Switzerland, and wanted first a clear policy so that her husband who might accompany her would know whether he might be prosecuted under the 1961 Act. Held: The court considered the Code for Crown prosecutors, and other Guidance … Continue reading Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and others: CA 19 Feb 2009

Wilson v Haden (T/A Clyne Farm Centre): QBD 15 Feb 2013

The claimant sought damages after being injured on an adventure sports weekend hosted by the defendant. Held: The defendants had failed to follow their own safety procedures associated with this particular feature. The landing area cushioning had suffered compaction and did not meet the appropriate standards. However it had not been shown: ‘whether, on a … Continue reading Wilson v Haden (T/A Clyne Farm Centre): QBD 15 Feb 2013

Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd: SC 11 Mar 2015

Appeal about the proper approach of the courts where the defendant to a claim for possession of his home raises a defence of unlawful discrimination, contrary to the Equality Act 2010, by the claimant landlord. In particular, the issue is whether the courts are entitled to take the same summary approach to such a defence, … Continue reading Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Ltd: SC 11 Mar 2015

Central Bedfordshire Council v Housing Action Zone Ltd, Taylor and Others; Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening: CA 23 Jun 2009

The authority had granted a lease to a housing society who had in turn granted the occupants’ leases. A successor then revoked the head lease. The occupiers appealed against possession orders, saying that they had come to acquire article 8 rights in respect of their occupation. Held: The appeal was dismissed. A court hearing a … Continue reading Central Bedfordshire Council v Housing Action Zone Ltd, Taylor and Others; Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government intervening: CA 23 Jun 2009

Young, Regina (on The Application of) v Governor of Her Majesty’s Prison Highdown and Another: Admn 6 Apr 2011

The claimant complained that he had not been considered for early release on Home Detention Curfew because the policy refused to allow those convicted of knife crimes to be so considered, and: ‘the failure to include other offences in the list of unsuitability offences renders the scheme unlawful on the grounds of discriminatory, irrational and … Continue reading Young, Regina (on The Application of) v Governor of Her Majesty’s Prison Highdown and Another: Admn 6 Apr 2011

Thomas-Ashley v Drum Housing Association Ltd: CA 17 Mar 2010

The tenant had been ordered to leave her flat. She had kept a dog in breach of her tenancy agreement. The landlord had terminated the assured shorthold tenancy by a section 21 notice. She said that they had failed to make reasonable adjustments to allow for her disability, and that the dog was critical to … Continue reading Thomas-Ashley v Drum Housing Association Ltd: CA 17 Mar 2010

Geary v JD Wetherspoon Plc: QBD 14 Jun 2011

The claimant, attempting to slide down the banisters at the defendants’ premises, fell 4 metres suffering severe injury. She claimed in negligence and occupiers’ liability. The local council had waived a requirement that the balustrade meet the minimum height. The defendant had been told that it would neither be allowed to increase its height nor … Continue reading Geary v JD Wetherspoon Plc: QBD 14 Jun 2011

Parker v Walker and Others: UTLC 26 Nov 2012

UTLC HOUSING – house in multiple occupation – rent repayment order in favour of occupiers – RPT ordering repayment of 100% of rent during relevant period – whether approach correct – held that it was not – relevant considerations – appeal allowed – Housing Act 2004 ss 73 and 74 [2012] UKUT 301 (LC) Bailii … Continue reading Parker v Walker and Others: UTLC 26 Nov 2012

Telchadder v Wickland Holdings Ltd: SC 5 Nov 2014

Old breaches did not support possession order The mobile home tenant was said to have paraded on the caravan park in combat style clothing, and disguising his face, causing fear among the other tenants. He now appealed against confirmation of the order for possession. He said that there had been an interval of almost three … Continue reading Telchadder v Wickland Holdings Ltd: SC 5 Nov 2014

Cook v The Mortgage Business Plc: CA 24 Jan 2012

The land owners sought relief from possession orders made under mortgages given in equity release schemes: ‘If the purchaser raises all or part of the purchase price on mortgage, and then defaults, the issue arises whether the mortgagee’s right to possession has priority over, or is subject to, any entitlement of the vendor to continue … Continue reading Cook v The Mortgage Business Plc: CA 24 Jan 2012

Coombes, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Another: Admn 8 Mar 2010

The landlord council brought proceedings for possession. The tenant (C) had remained in possession after his mother’s death, but enjoyed no second statutory succession. He had lived there since 1954 when he was six. C sought a declaration of incompatibility in respect of section 3 of the 1977 Act, saying that it disallowed any consideration … Continue reading Coombes, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Another: Admn 8 Mar 2010

Cambridge Water Company v Eastern Counties Leather Plc: HL 9 Dec 1993

The plaintiffs sought damages and an injunction after the defendant company allowed chlorinated chemicals into the plaintiff’s borehole which made unfit the water the plaintiff itself supplied. Held: The appeal was allowed. Liability under Rylands for escape of materials from land is dependant upon proof of the foreseeability of damage of the relevant type. Here, … Continue reading Cambridge Water Company v Eastern Counties Leather Plc: HL 9 Dec 1993

Tallington Lakes Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Grantham Magistrates Court: Admn 25 Nov 2010

The company appealed against liability orders made against it for non-payment of domestic rates, saying that in each case it had not been the rateable occupier. The property had been subdivided and let to companies of which the appellant was a holding company. Held: The appeal was allowed. The property was a single heraditament. To … Continue reading Tallington Lakes Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Grantham Magistrates Court: Admn 25 Nov 2010

London Borough of Harrow v Qazi: HL 31 Jul 2003

The applicant had held a joint tenancy of the respondent. His partner gave notice and left, and the property was taken into possession. The claimant claimed restoration of his tenancy saying the order did not respect his right to a private life and home. Held: Article 8 does not, in terms, give a right to … Continue reading London Borough of Harrow v Qazi: HL 31 Jul 2003

Doherty and others v Birmingham City Council: HL 30 Jul 2008

The House was asked ‘whether a local authority can obtain a summary order for possession against an occupier of a site which it owns and has been used for many years as a gipsy and travellers’ caravan site. His licence to occupy the site has come to an end. He has no enforceable right to … Continue reading Doherty and others v Birmingham City Council: HL 30 Jul 2008

Ali v Birmingham City Council: CA 7 Nov 2008

The Council said that it had discharged its duty to house the claimants after they had refused an offer of accommodation, and that decision had been reviewed. The claimant denied receiving a notice under the procedure. The court was asked whether the decision in Runa Begum was to be interpreted in the light of Tsfayo. … Continue reading Ali v Birmingham City Council: CA 7 Nov 2008

Westminster City Council v Southern Railway Co: HL 1936

Subject to special enactments, people are treated as occupiers of land, land being understood as including not only the surface of the earth but all strata above or below. The occupier, not the land, is rateable; but the occupier is rateable in respect of the land which he occupies. Whether the person sought to be … Continue reading Westminster City Council v Southern Railway Co: HL 1936

Michalak v London Borough of Wandsworth: CA 6 Mar 2002

The appellant had occupied for a long time a room in a house let by the authority. After the death of the tenant, the appellant sought, but was refused, a statutory tenancy. He claimed to be a member of the tenant’s family, and that the list of family relationships in section 113 was not exhaustive. … Continue reading Michalak v London Borough of Wandsworth: CA 6 Mar 2002

YL v Birmingham City Council and Others: HL 20 Jun 2007

The House was asked whether a private care home when providing accommodation and care to a resident under arrangements with a local authority the 1948 Act, is performing ‘functions of a public nature’ for the purposes of section 6(3)(b) of the Human Rights Act 1998 and as such a ‘public authority’ subject to Convention rights … Continue reading YL v Birmingham City Council and Others: HL 20 Jun 2007

Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs v Meier and Others: SC 1 Dec 2009

The claimant sought a possession order to recover land from trespassers. The court considered whether a possession order was available where not all the land was occupied, and it was feared that the occupiers might simply move onto a different part. Held: The defendants’ appeal was allowed. The court may grant an injunction to prevent … Continue reading Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs v Meier and Others: SC 1 Dec 2009

Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote with Billesley, Warwickshire v Wallbank and another: HL 26 Jun 2003

Parish Councils are Hybrid Public Authorities The owners of glebe land were called upon as lay rectors to contribute to the cost of repairs to the local church. They argued that the claim was unlawful by section 6 of the 1998 Act as an act by a public authority incompatible with a Convention right. Held: … Continue reading Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote with Billesley, Warwickshire v Wallbank and another: HL 26 Jun 2003

Practice Statement (Judicial Precedent): HL 1966

The House gave guidance how it would treat an invitation to depart from a previous decision of the House. Such a course was possible, but the direction was not an ‘open sesame’ for a differently constituted committee to prefer their views to those of the committee which determined the decision unanimously or by a majority. … Continue reading Practice Statement (Judicial Precedent): HL 1966

Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: Admn 29 Oct 2008

The applicant said that the defendant had unlawfully failed to provide detailed guidance under section 10 of the 1985 Act, on the circumstances under which a prosecution might lie of a person performing acts which might assist another to commit suicide. The claimant suffered a severe degenerative illness and anticipated that she would want to … Continue reading Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: Admn 29 Oct 2008

Errington v Errington and Woods: CA 19 Dec 1951

There was a contract by a father to allow his son to buy the father’s house on payment of the instalments of the father’s Building Society loan. Held: Denning LJ reviewed the cases and said: ‘The result of all these cases is that, although a person who is let into exclusive possession is prima facie … Continue reading Errington v Errington and Woods: CA 19 Dec 1951

Michael Alexander Watson v British Boxing Board of Control Ltd, World Boxing Organisation Incorporated: CA 19 Dec 2000

The claimant was seriously injured in a professional boxing match governed by rules established by the defendant’s rules. Ringside medical facilities were available, but did not provide immediate resuscitation. By the time he received resuscitation in hospital he had sustained permanent brain damage which such treatment would have prevented. Held: A body which had responsibility … Continue reading Michael Alexander Watson v British Boxing Board of Control Ltd, World Boxing Organisation Incorporated: CA 19 Dec 2000

Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: QBD 29 Oct 2008

The applicant suffered mutiple sclerosis and considered that she might wish to go abroad to end her life. She asked the court to make more clear the guidance provided by the Director as to whether her partner might be prosecuted under section 2(1) if he accompanied her to Switzerland. She said that the failure to … Continue reading Purdy, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: QBD 29 Oct 2008

Williams and Glyn’s Bank Ltd v Boland: HL 19 Jun 1980

Wife in Occupation had Overriding Interest The wife had made a substantial financial contribution to the purchase price of the house which was registered only in her husband’s name, and charged to the bank. The bank sought possession. The wife resisted saying that she had an overriding interest. Held: Her equitable interest was not only … Continue reading Williams and Glyn’s Bank Ltd v Boland: HL 19 Jun 1980

Patel and Another v K and J Restaurants Ltd and Another: CA 28 Oct 2010

The landlord appealed against refusal of forfeiture for breaches of the lease. A covenant provided against use for immoral purposes, and the sub-tenant had been found to be running a brothel. The tenant said that he had been concerned of an action for defamation if he had acted before receiving formal confirmation of the allegation … Continue reading Patel and Another v K and J Restaurants Ltd and Another: CA 28 Oct 2010

Donoghue v Folkestone Properties Limited: CA 27 Feb 2003

The claimant had decided to go for a midnight swim, but was injured diving and hitting a submerged bed. The landowner appealed a finding that it was 25% liable. The claimant asserted that the defendant knew that swimmers were common. Held: The Act imposed liability if four conditions were met: the premises were dangerous, the … Continue reading Donoghue v Folkestone Properties Limited: CA 27 Feb 2003

Jones v Bellgrove Properties Limited: CA 1949

The court allowed the plaintiff to establish by evidence that his particular debt was included in the total sum acknowledged to be due to a number of creditors.Lord Goddard CJ was satisfied that a lump sum in a balance sheet included the debt in question. The balance sheets of the defendant contained the statement, ‘to … Continue reading Jones v Bellgrove Properties Limited: CA 1949

Price and others v Leeds City Council: CA 16 Mar 2005

The defendant gypsies had moved their caravans onto land belonging to the respondents without planning permission. They appealed an order to leave saying that the order infringed their rights to respect for family life. Held: There had been conflicting decisions in the House of Lords (Quazi) and the ECHR (Connors). The Court of Appeal and … Continue reading Price and others v Leeds City Council: CA 16 Mar 2005