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Airedale NHS Trust v Bland: HL 4 Feb 1993

Procedures on Withdrawal of Life Support Treatment The patient had been severely injured in the Hillsborough disaster, and had come to be in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). The doctors sought permission to withdraw medical treatment. The Official Solicitor appealed against an order of the Court of Appeal permitting the action. Held: The appeal failed. … Continue reading Airedale NHS Trust v Bland: HL 4 Feb 1993

Regina v Eastleigh Borough Council, Ex parte Betts; In re Betts: CA 1983

Mr Betts appealed a refusal of accomodation by Eastliegh who had said he had no local connection, but had lived in Blaby. Held: Lord Justice Stephenson the chief housing officer ‘did fetter the council’s decision by a rigid application of the suggested definition of normal residence [in the Agreement on Procedures]’ and allowed his appeal. … Continue reading Regina v Eastleigh Borough Council, Ex parte Betts; In re Betts: CA 1983

Gravesham Borough Council v Secretary of State for the Environment: QBD 1982

The Secretary of State could find that a building built under a permission for a weekend and holiday chalet, but to be used only in summer, was a dwelling house. The distinctive characteristic of a dwellinghouse is its ability to afford to those who use it the facilities required for day-to-day private domestic existence. McCullough … Continue reading Gravesham Borough Council v Secretary of State for the Environment: QBD 1982

Hadmor Productions Ltd v Hamilton: HL 1982

The Court of Appeal was not in general entitled to reverse the decision of the Administrative Court in the grant of discretionary interlocutory relief: ‘it is I think appropriate to remind your Lordships of the limited function of an appellate court in an appeal of this kind. An interlocutory injunction is a discretionary relief and … Continue reading Hadmor Productions Ltd v Hamilton: HL 1982

Walker v Northumberland County Council: QBD 16 Nov 1994

The plaintiff was a manager within the social services department. He suffered a mental breakdown in 1986, and had four months off work. His employers had refused to provide the increased support he requested. He had returned to work, but again, did not receive the staff or guidance to allow him to do the work … Continue reading Walker v Northumberland County Council: QBD 16 Nov 1994

Ezekiel v Orakpo: ChD 4 Nov 1994

The claimant had obtained a charging order to secure a judgment debt, but took no steps to enforce it for more than twelve years. The chargee denied that it could any longer be enforced, and also that the order carried interest when interest had not been mentioned. Held: A charging order impliedly includes a charge … Continue reading Ezekiel v Orakpo: ChD 4 Nov 1994

Crancour Ltd v Da Silvaesa and Another: CA 26 Feb 1986

The plaintiff sought possession of two rooms in a house occupied by the defendants separately. The agreements stated that they were licences. The agreements excluded the occupiers between 10:30am and noon on each day. The occupiers claimed to be tenants with protection. Held: The tenants’ appeal against summary orders for posession were successful, and the … Continue reading Crancour Ltd v Da Silvaesa and Another: CA 26 Feb 1986

Mark Rowlands v Berni Inns Ltd: CA 1985

The plaintiff owned the freehold and had let the basement to the defendant. The plaintiff insured the building. The defendant covenanted to pay to the plaintiff an insurance rent equal to the proportionate cost of insuring the part of the building occupied by the defendant, and did pay such rent. The building was destroyed by … Continue reading Mark Rowlands v Berni Inns Ltd: CA 1985

Alfred Mcalpine Construction Limited v Panatown Limited: HL 17 Feb 2000

A main contractor who was building not on his own land, would only be free to claim damages from a sub-contractor for defects in the building where the actual owner of the land would not also have had a remedy. Here, the land owner was able to sue under a deed of covenant entered into … Continue reading Alfred Mcalpine Construction Limited v Panatown Limited: HL 17 Feb 2000

McCann v The State Hospitals Board for Scotland: SC 11 Apr 2017

A challenge by request for judicial review to the legality of the comprehensive ban on smoking at the State Hospital at Carstairs which the State Hospitals Board adopted. The appellant, a detained patient, did not challenge the ban on smoking indoors, but rather as to the ban on smoking in the grounds and on home … Continue reading McCann v The State Hospitals Board for Scotland: SC 11 Apr 2017

Gillespie Bros and Co Ltd v Roy Bowles Transport Ltd: CA 1973

The court looked at how it should construe the Canada Steamship guidelines with regard to an exemption clause absolving one party of responsibility for negligence. There was a express reference to negligence by the words ‘save harmless and keep . . indemnified against all claims or demands whatsoever.’ Held: Buckley LJ said: ‘It is however … Continue reading Gillespie Bros and Co Ltd v Roy Bowles Transport Ltd: CA 1973

Smith Brothers Farms Ltd v The Canwell Estate Company Ltd: CA 2 Mar 2012

By a transfer of 1990, land had become subject to a rentcharge to pay a sum of 1.00 pound per annum plus a fixed proportion of the claimant’s costs, expenses and outgoings incurred in fulfilling its obligations under the covenant. The 1977 Act disallowed any new rentcharges save as an estate rentcharge. Held: Where a … Continue reading Smith Brothers Farms Ltd v The Canwell Estate Company Ltd: CA 2 Mar 2012

Hyde Park Residence Ltd v Yelland, News Group Newspapers Ltd, News International Ltd, Murrell: CA 10 Feb 2000

The court considered a dispute about ownership and confidence in and copyright of of video tapes taken by Princess Diana before her death. Held: The courts have an inherent discretion to refuse to enforce of copyright. When assessing whether the copyright should be enforced the relevant issues would be ones arising from the work itself, … Continue reading Hyde Park Residence Ltd v Yelland, News Group Newspapers Ltd, News International Ltd, Murrell: CA 10 Feb 2000

Morin v Bonhams and Brooks Ltd and Another: ComC 18 Mar 2003

Claim for rescission of contract for purchase of Ferrari car at auction after discovery of alteration to odometer.Jonathan Hirst QC said (after discussing the Christie’s case): ‘Plainly this authority provides substantial ammunition for BandB Monaco to contend that they owed no duty of care to [the claimant] but, if English law applied, I would hold … Continue reading Morin v Bonhams and Brooks Ltd and Another: ComC 18 Mar 2003

Inveresk Plc v Tullis Russell Papermakers Ltd: SC 5 May 2010

The parties had undertaken the sale of a business (from I to TR) with part of the consideration to be payable on later calculation of the turnover. The agreement provided for an audit if the parties failed to agree. TR issued a figure. I argued that TR had caused additional losses by failing to maintain … Continue reading Inveresk Plc v Tullis Russell Papermakers Ltd: SC 5 May 2010

Trident Turboprop (Dublin) Ltd v First Flight Couriers Ltd: Comc 17 Jul 2008

Trident entered into Aircraft Operating Lease Agreements in identical terms with First Flight in respect of two ATP model aircraft. The leases represented the culmination of negotiations between a representative of the manufacturer, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft Limited (‘BAE’), and representatives of First Flight and were signed by a representative of BAE on behalf of … Continue reading Trident Turboprop (Dublin) Ltd v First Flight Couriers Ltd: Comc 17 Jul 2008

Norwich Union Life Insurance Society v Shopmoor Ltd: ChD 10 Apr 1997

The tenants had applied for a licence to assign the property. The landlords had prevaricated, and the judge found their delay unreasonable and that it amounted to an unreasonable withholding of consent. They now appealed. Held: The 1988 Act did not make clear that a tenant faced with a delay could nevertheless complete the assignment. … Continue reading Norwich Union Life Insurance Society v Shopmoor Ltd: ChD 10 Apr 1997

Frederick E Rose (London) Limited v William H Pim Junior and Co Limited: 1953

The plaintiffs, who were London merchants, had been asked by Egyptian buyers to supply ‘feveroles’. Not knowing what this term meant, they asked the defendants’ representative, who responded that ‘feveroles’ meant horsebeans. Relying on this information, the plaintiffs contracted to buy a quantity of horsebeans from the defendants, which they then sold on as ‘feveroles’ … Continue reading Frederick E Rose (London) Limited v William H Pim Junior and Co Limited: 1953

Attorney-General v Leveller Magazine Ltd: HL 1 Feb 1979

The appellants were magazines and journalists who published, after committal proceedings, the name of a witness, a member of the security services, who had been referred to as Colonel B during the hearing. An order had been made for his name not to be disclosed during the hearing, but the court had had no power … Continue reading Attorney-General v Leveller Magazine Ltd: HL 1 Feb 1979

Glaxo Group Ltd v Genentech Inc and Another: CA 31 Jan 2008

The validity of a patent was challenged at the same time in both UK and European courts. Mummery LJ discussed the inherent consequences of a race between the jurisdictions: ‘the possibility of the duplication of proceedings contesting the validity of a patent granted by the EPO is inherent in the system established by the Convention. … Continue reading Glaxo Group Ltd v Genentech Inc and Another: CA 31 Jan 2008

Long v Tower Hamlets London Borough Council: ChD 20 Mar 1996

The parties had agreed for a lease, and the tenant entered possession, but no formal lease was executed. The tenant stopped paying rent in 1977 or 1984. He now claimed rectification of the registers to show him as proprietor. The landlord argued that as a lease in writing, time ran from the notice to quit. … Continue reading Long v Tower Hamlets London Borough Council: ChD 20 Mar 1996

Belhaj and Another v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: SC 4 Jul 2018

Challenge to decision not to prosecute senior Intelligence Service officials for alleged offences in connection with his unlawful rendition and mistreatment in Libya. The issue here was whether on the hearing of the application for judicial review, it would be open to the Court to receive closed material disclosed only to the court and a … Continue reading Belhaj and Another v Director of Public Prosecutions and Another: SC 4 Jul 2018

Director of Public Prosecutions v Luft: HL 26 May 1976

The defendants were campaigning against the National Front in an election. They were separately said to have distributed leaflets infringing the 1949 Act, in that the expenses were not authorised, and the leaflets did not have the name of the printer. One magistrate held that the offence was committed only if there was an intention … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Luft: HL 26 May 1976

Transfield Shipping Inc of Panama v Mercator Shipping Inc of Monrovia: ComC 1 Dec 2006

The owners made substantial losses after the charterers breached the contract by failing to redliver the ship on time as agreed. Held: On the facts found the Owners’ primary claim is not too remote. To the knowledge of the Charterers, it was accepted as a hazard of late redelivery that the vessel would miss her … Continue reading Transfield Shipping Inc of Panama v Mercator Shipping Inc of Monrovia: ComC 1 Dec 2006

Dr D, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Health: CA 19 Jul 2006

The doctor complained of the use of Alert letters where he was suspected of sexual abuse of patients, but the allegations were unsubstantiated. He complained particularly that he had been acquitted in a criminal court and then also by the professional conduct committee of the GMC. Held: There had been very poor administration of the … Continue reading Dr D, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Health: CA 19 Jul 2006

Horton v Sadler and Another: HL 14 Jun 2006

The claimant had been injured in a road traffic accident for which the defendant was responsible in negligence. The defendant was not insured, and so a claim was to be made against the MIB. The plaintiff issued proceedings just before the expiry of the period, but failed to give first the requisite formal notice to … Continue reading Horton v Sadler and Another: HL 14 Jun 2006

Desnousse v London Borough of Newham and others: CA 17 May 2006

The occupier had been granted a temporary licence by the authority under the homelessness provisions whilst it made its assessment. The assessment concluded that she had become homeless intentionally, and therefore terminated the licence and set out to evict her. She claimed that the authority had to get a court authority before so evicting her. … Continue reading Desnousse v London Borough of Newham and others: CA 17 May 2006

Regina v Davis (Iain); Regina v Ellis, Regina v Gregory, Regina v Simms, Regina v Martin: CACD 19 May 2006

The several defendants complained at the use at their trials of evidence given anonymously. The perceived need for anonymity arose because, from intimidation, the witnesses would not be willing to give their evidence without it. Held: The anonymity ruling did not prevent proper investigation with the witnesses in open court of the essential elements of … Continue reading Regina v Davis (Iain); Regina v Ellis, Regina v Gregory, Regina v Simms, Regina v Martin: CACD 19 May 2006

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen v Brady: EAT 31 Mar 2006

The reason adduced by the union for the dismissal of the climant was found by the Tribunal on the facts not to be the true reason for dismissal, the true reason being the union executive committee’s political antipathy to Mr Brady. Held: It was highly arguable that a finding that disciplinary proceedings had been commenced … Continue reading Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen v Brady: EAT 31 Mar 2006

Haward and others v Fawcetts: HL 1 Mar 2006

The claimant sought damages from his accountants, claiming negligence. The accountants pleaded limitation. They had advised him in connection with an investment in a company which investment went wrong. Held: It was argued that the limitation period was to be extended until three years after the discovery by the claimant of why it was that … Continue reading Haward and others v Fawcetts: HL 1 Mar 2006

Rhone-Poulenc Rorer International Holdings Inc and Another v Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd: ChD 16 Feb 2006

The patent application had been presented to the European Patent Office and granted only after 13 years. The claimant now appealed refusal to allow amendment of its claim to allow a claim in its sole name. The defendant argued that it was out of time. Held: The appeal succeeded: ‘ the long-standing rule of practice … Continue reading Rhone-Poulenc Rorer International Holdings Inc and Another v Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd: ChD 16 Feb 2006

Regina v Rent Officer of Nottinghamshire Registration Area, ex parte Allen: 1985

The officer had entered a fair rent for a caravan. The site owner sought the vacation of the entry. The caravan was fully mobile, but was also connected to mains water and electric and sewage. The connections were easily removed, and the caravan was from time to time moved. Held: Whether a caravan counted as … Continue reading Regina v Rent Officer of Nottinghamshire Registration Area, ex parte Allen: 1985

Regina v Derby Crown Court, ex parte Brooks: QBD 1985

The court set out the characteristics of abuse of process in criminal matters. It may be an abuse of process if: ‘the prosecution have manipulated or misused the process of the court so as to deprive the defendant of a protection provided by the law or to take unfair advantage of a technicality.’ and ‘The … Continue reading Regina v Derby Crown Court, ex parte Brooks: QBD 1985

National Trust for Places of Historic Interest Or Natural Beauty v Knipe and Knipe: CA 15 May 1997

The tenancy was of an agricultural holding, with protection under the 1986 Act. It had 350 acres of pasture, and two farmhouses. The tenants covenanted not to use the holding for any purpose other than agriculture, to farm it in accordance with the rules of good husbandry and personally to reside in the farmhouses. They … Continue reading National Trust for Places of Historic Interest Or Natural Beauty v Knipe and Knipe: CA 15 May 1997

Benabbas, Regina v: CACD 12 Aug 2005

The Court considered a recommendation for the deportation of an Algerian national after the completion of his sentence. Held: Rix LJ referred to both the Nazari and the Bouchereau tests, and said: ‘The Appellant is not of course an EU national, but we refer to Bouchereau because English authority (see below) has said that the … Continue reading Benabbas, Regina v: CACD 12 Aug 2005

Timber Engineering Co Pty Ltd v Anderson: 1980

(New South Wales) The manager and a sales representative of TECO set up separate competing business. Anderson with his wife, began a new company Mallory Trading Pty Ltd which acted as a a fraud on TECO. On learning of each others acts, they joined forces and diverted business and profits from TECO. In July 1977 … Continue reading Timber Engineering Co Pty Ltd v Anderson: 1980

Brenner v Revenue and Customs; In re Modern Jet Support Centre Ltd: ChD 21 Jul 2005

The court was asked whether the process of distraint against goods for unpaid tax under section 61 of the 1970 Act is an ‘execution’ within section 183 of the 1986 Act which applies where a creditor has issued, but not completed, execution against the goods or land of a company which is subsequently wound up. … Continue reading Brenner v Revenue and Customs; In re Modern Jet Support Centre Ltd: ChD 21 Jul 2005

Petch and Coleman v Regina: CACD 13 Jul 2005

The defendants appealed their convictions for murder, saying that a co-defendant, have been captured after fleeing the country had later been treated more leniently, a plea of manslaughter having been accepted. Held: In order to substitute convictions for manslaughter, the court would first have to quash the convictions for murder, which was only possible if … Continue reading Petch and Coleman v Regina: CACD 13 Jul 2005

Prokopovich v Russia: ECHR 18 Nov 2004

ECHR Judgment (Merits and Just Satisfaction) – Preliminary objection rejected (estoppel); Violation of Art. 8; Pecuniary damage – claim rejected; Non-pecuniary damage – financial award; Costs and expenses partial award. Citations: 58255/00, [2004] ECHR 642 Links: Worldlii, Bailii Statutes: European Convention on Human Rights 8 Cited by: Judgment – Prokopovich v Russia ECHR 8-Aug-2011 Execution … Continue reading Prokopovich v Russia: ECHR 18 Nov 2004

In Re R (Parental responsibility: IVF baby); D (A Child), Re: HL 12 May 2005

The parents had received IVF treatment together, but had separated before the child was born. The mother resisted an application by the father for a declaration of paternity. Held: The father’s appeal failed. The Act made statutory provision as to the parentage of a child born through IVF. The mere participation of the father and … Continue reading In Re R (Parental responsibility: IVF baby); D (A Child), Re: HL 12 May 2005

Barras v Aberdeen Steam Trawling and Fishing Co: HL 17 Mar 1933

The court looked at the inference that a statute’s draughtsman could be assumed when using a phrase to rely on a known interpretation of that phrase.Viscount Buckmaster said: ‘It has long been a well established principle to be applied in the consideration of Acts of Parliament that where a word of doubtful meaning has received … Continue reading Barras v Aberdeen Steam Trawling and Fishing Co: HL 17 Mar 1933

Farrell v Alexander: HL 24 Jun 1976

The House considered the construction of a consolidation Act. Held: It is ordinarily both unnecessary and undesirable to construe a consolidation Act by reference to statutory antecedents, but it is permissible to do so in a case where the consolidation Act is unclear, or cannot be resolved by classical methods of construction. Self-contained statutes, whether … Continue reading Farrell v Alexander: HL 24 Jun 1976

Moat Housing Group-South Ltd v Harris and Another: CA 16 Mar 2005

The defendant family was served without notice with an anti-social behaviour order ordering them to leave their home immediately, and making other very substantial restrictions. The evidence in large part related to other people entirely. Held: To grant an injunction without notice is to grant an exceptional remedy. As to hearsay evidence: ‘ the experience … Continue reading Moat Housing Group-South Ltd v Harris and Another: CA 16 Mar 2005

NCR Ltd v Riverland Portfolio No.1 Ltd: ChD 16 Jul 2004

The tenant complained that the landlord had unreasonably delayed approval of a proposed underletting. Held: The court had to bear in mind that the consent was to an underlease, and that therefore there was no privity between the landlord and the proposed sub-tenant. The tenant would remain liable for rent and repairs as before. The … Continue reading NCR Ltd v Riverland Portfolio No.1 Ltd: ChD 16 Jul 2004

Clear Channel United Kingdom Ltd, Regina (on the Application of) v First Secretary of State and Another: Admn 14 Oct 2004

The claimant sought a declaration that it had a tenancy for its occupation by an advertising station, and that it had protection under the 1954 Act. The defendant council said that only a licence had been granted. Held: The grants included the areas surrounding the concrete bases on which the stations were erected. Despite the … Continue reading Clear Channel United Kingdom Ltd, Regina (on the Application of) v First Secretary of State and Another: Admn 14 Oct 2004

Arogol Company Ltd v Rajah: CA 21 Mar 2001

Defendant’s appeal from an order granting the claimant a possession order in respect of a ground floor flat. The basic question in the proceedings was whether the defendant had a tenancy protected under the Rent Act 1977. Held: The appeal succeeded. Citations: [2001] EWCA Civ 454, [2002] HLR 21, (2001) 82 P and CR DG7 … Continue reading Arogol Company Ltd v Rajah: CA 21 Mar 2001

Haysport Properties Ltd, Regina (on the Application of) v Rent Officer of West Sussex Registration Area: CA 31 Jan 2001

Challenge to rent for regulated tenany. Judges: Peter Gibson, Chadwick, Keene LJJ Citations: [2001] EWCA Civ 237, [2001] L and TR 37, [2001] 21 EG 168, [2001] 2 EGLR 63, [2001] 6 EGCS 163, (2001) 33 HLR 71 Links: Bailii Statutes: Rent Act 1977 67(1) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Housing Updated: 27 June 2022; Ref: … Continue reading Haysport Properties Ltd, Regina (on the Application of) v Rent Officer of West Sussex Registration Area: CA 31 Jan 2001

The Commissioners of Customs and Excise v Robert and Julie Polok: ChD 19 Feb 2002

The respondents were engaged in procuring sex for others. The appellants sought to make them subject to VAT. The Tribunal had concluded that the respondents’ business was unlawful and was outside the VAT scheme altogether. Not all the respondent’s business would be unlawful. Held: The Sixth Directive purposes harmonisation of VAT, on the principle of … Continue reading The Commissioners of Customs and Excise v Robert and Julie Polok: ChD 19 Feb 2002

Herbert Berry Associates Ltd v Inland Revenue Commissioners; re Herbert BerrySP, Regina (on The Application of) v The Lord Chancellor: HL 1977

The principle to the effect that the court should exercise its discretion to restrain a distress levied by a landlord before the commencement of a winding-up only where there were special circumstances rendering it inequitable that he should be permitted to do so, applies also to a distress levied by the Crown under a statutory … Continue reading Herbert Berry Associates Ltd v Inland Revenue Commissioners; re Herbert BerrySP, Regina (on The Application of) v The Lord Chancellor: HL 1977

Bestuur Van Het Algemeen Ziekenfonds Drenthe-Platteland v Pierik: ECJ 31 May 1979

Benefits in kind for pensioners. The Court was asked whether a person receiving an invalidity pension in the Netherlands was entitled to reclaim the cost of medical treatment in Germany. Held: The status of ‘worker’ for the purpose of article 22 was not restricted to active as opposed to inactive workers. Such pensioners came within … Continue reading Bestuur Van Het Algemeen Ziekenfonds Drenthe-Platteland v Pierik: ECJ 31 May 1979

Director of Public Prosecutions v Stonehouse: HL 1977

The defendant had been charged with attempting to obtain property by deception by fabricating his death by drowning in the sea off Miami in Florida. The final act alleged to constitute the offence occurred outside the jurisdiction of the English courts. Held: The charge was justiciable in England. The defendant appealed conviction on counts of … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Stonehouse: HL 1977

Queensway Housing Association Ltd v Chiltern Thames and Eastern Rent Assessment Committee; Laira Properties Ltd v Same; Cherry Tree Investments v Similar Etc: QBD 11 Dec 1998

When choosing areas for assessment of amenity values and scarcity values an area in which a tenant could reasonably expect to choose from ignoring the amenity area, but not a really large area such as the South East of England. Citations: Times 11-Dec-1998, Gazette 03-Feb-1999 Statutes: Rent Act 1977 70(1) 70(2) Jurisdiction: England and Wales … Continue reading Queensway Housing Association Ltd v Chiltern Thames and Eastern Rent Assessment Committee; Laira Properties Ltd v Same; Cherry Tree Investments v Similar Etc: QBD 11 Dec 1998

Inland Revenue Commissioners v Church Commissioners for England: HL 7 Jul 1976

HL Income tax – Capital or income – Rentcharges – Payable for 10 years – Paid as consideration for sale of capital assets – Whether containing a capital element – Whether wholly payable under deduction o f tax – Income Tax Act 1952 (15 and 16 Geo. 6 and 1 Eliz. 2, c. 10), 177. … Continue reading Inland Revenue Commissioners v Church Commissioners for England: HL 7 Jul 1976

Pegler Ltd v Wang (Uk) Ltd and Another: CA 18 Jun 2001

Costs had been awarded against the third party, the parent company of the defendant. Leave to appeal was sought. Held: It was arguable that the judge had not taken into account properly the interest of the company in protecting the interests of creditors and not just itself. Leave was given. Judges: Kay LJ, Keene LJ … Continue reading Pegler Ltd v Wang (Uk) Ltd and Another: CA 18 Jun 2001

Dunnachie v Kingston-upon-Hull City Council: HL 15 Jul 2004

The claimant sought damages following his dismissal to include a sum to reflect the manner of his dismissal and the distress caused. Held: The remarks of Lord Hoffmann in Johnson -v- Unysis were obiter. The court could not, under the section, include any element for a non-financial loss, such as injury to feelings arising from … Continue reading Dunnachie v Kingston-upon-Hull City Council: HL 15 Jul 2004

Gojkovic v Gojkovic (No 2): CA 1 Apr 1991

In ancillary relief proceedings, the husband had not made frank disclosure of his assets. The final Calderbank offer of andpound;600,000 was made only the day before the substantive hearing. The offer was rejected. The judge awarded the wife a lump sum of andpound;1 million. The judge made no order as to costs after the date … Continue reading Gojkovic v Gojkovic (No 2): CA 1 Apr 1991

Rees v Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust: HL 16 Oct 2003

The claimant was disabled, and sought sterilisation because she feared the additional difficulties she would face as a mother. The sterilisation failed. She sought damages. Held: The House having considered the issue in MacFarlane only recently it was inappropriate to change the rules set down in that case. Nothing had been put forward to argue … Continue reading Rees v Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust: HL 16 Oct 2003

Kennedy v K B Van Emden and Co; Jordan v Gershon Young Finer and Green and Similar: CA 27 Mar 1996

A solicitor failed in 1983 to advise a purchaser of the fact that premium she was paying on purchasing a leasehold flat was unlawful under the Act, and would be unrecoverable on the sale. Before trial however, in 1989 the law changed and the premium would now be recoverable. Held: It was wrong to assess … Continue reading Kennedy v K B Van Emden and Co; Jordan v Gershon Young Finer and Green and Similar: CA 27 Mar 1996

Worldwide Corporation Limited v Marconi Communications Limited (Formerly GPT Limited) and GPT (Middle East) Limited: 22 Jun 1999

Application for leave to appeal. Original leading counsel had consented to the abandonment of parts of the claim. New leading counsel now sought to revive them. Held: The claim had little prospect of success. Leave to appeal refused. Judges: Waller, Mance LJJ Citations: [1999] EWCA Civ 1650 Links: Bailii Citing: Cited – Arthur J S … Continue reading Worldwide Corporation Limited v Marconi Communications Limited (Formerly GPT Limited) and GPT (Middle East) Limited: 22 Jun 1999

Regina v Eastleigh Borough Council, Ex parte Betts; In re Betts: HL 27 Jul 1983

Mr Betts applied to Eastleigh for accommodation under the 1977 Act. They said that he had no local connection and referred his application to Blaby where the applicant and his family had formerly been living. Blaby accepted the referral and offered accommodation, but he refused it and made a further application to Eastleigh. In relation … Continue reading Regina v Eastleigh Borough Council, Ex parte Betts; In re Betts: HL 27 Jul 1983

BP Refinery (Westernport) Pty Ltd v The Shire of Hastings: PC 1977

(Victoria) The Board set out the necessary conditions for a clause to be implied into a contract. Held: Lord Simon of Glaisdale said: ‘Their Lordships do not think it necessary to review exhaustively the authorities on the implication of a term in a contract which the parties have not thought fit to express. In their … Continue reading BP Refinery (Westernport) Pty Ltd v The Shire of Hastings: PC 1977

Amiri Flight Authority v BAE Systems Plc: CA 17 Oct 2003

The appellant had contracted to purchase maintenance from the defendant of aircraft it had also purchased from them. They sought damages for negligence, saying the defendants had failed to prevent a known risk of corrosion. The defendants argued that its contract excluded liability, and under the Act, that clause was not subjected to a test … Continue reading Amiri Flight Authority v BAE Systems Plc: CA 17 Oct 2003

Din (Taj) v Wandsworth London Borough Council: HL 26 Nov 1981

The appellants had applied for emergency housing as homeless persons, anticipating loss of their secure accomodation after falling into arrears. The Council reject their application, but a County Court quashed that decision. The Court of Appeal re-instated it, and the applicants now appealed again. The applicants had first sought advice from the council and had … Continue reading Din (Taj) v Wandsworth London Borough Council: HL 26 Nov 1981

Bank of New Zealand v Board of Management of the Bank of New Zealand Officers’ Provident Association: PC 14 Jul 2003

PC (New Zealand) The defendant operated a superannuation scheme for and on behalf of the officers of the bank it regulated. The trustees ought to amend the scheme, but it had been set up by statute. Held: When assessing such amendments to see whether they remained within the purposes of the original scheme as set … Continue reading Bank of New Zealand v Board of Management of the Bank of New Zealand Officers’ Provident Association: PC 14 Jul 2003

Goldstein v Levy Gee ( A Firm): ChD 1 Jul 2003

There had been a dispute between shareholders, and the defendant was called upon to value the company. He issued a tender for valuers to value the properties. Complaint was made that the tender was negligent in its description of the basis for valuation. Held: Part of the skills of a chartered accountant, especially one who … Continue reading Goldstein v Levy Gee ( A Firm): ChD 1 Jul 2003

Hatton v Messrs Chafes (A Firm): CA 13 Mar 2003

The defendant firm appealed against a refusal to strike out the claimant’s claim for professional negligence, asserting that the judge should have considered the limitation issue in the light of Khan v Falvey. Held: By the time that the negligence arose, the first claim was worthless. The claimant knew of the negligence of his solicitors … Continue reading Hatton v Messrs Chafes (A Firm): CA 13 Mar 2003

Regina on the Application of Lester v The London Rent Assessment Committee: CA 12 Mar 2003

The court faced the question of, whether if a landlord serves a notice on an assured tenant under section 13(2) of the Act proposing an increase in rent, that will be the rent unless, before the beginning of the new period specified in the notice the tenant refers the notice to a rent assessment committee … Continue reading Regina on the Application of Lester v The London Rent Assessment Committee: CA 12 Mar 2003

Regina (Tucker) v Director General of the National Crime Squad: CA 17 Jan 2003

The applicant was a senior officer seconded to the National Crime Squad. He complained that his secondment had been terminated in a manner which was unfair, and left him tainted without opportunity to reply. He appealed against rejection of his request for judicial review. Held: The appeal failed. Operational matters within the police service, save … Continue reading Regina (Tucker) v Director General of the National Crime Squad: CA 17 Jan 2003

Willers v Joyce and Another (Re: Gubay (Deceased) No 2): SC 20 Jul 2016

The Court was asked whether and in what circumstances a lower court may follow a decision of the Privy Council which has reached a different conclusion from that of the House of Lords (or the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal) on an earlier occasion. Held: The court set out the position in law and … Continue reading Willers v Joyce and Another (Re: Gubay (Deceased) No 2): SC 20 Jul 2016

Wagle v Trustees of Henry Smith’s Charity Kensington Estate: CA 1990

The tenant had used the premises for both residential and business use. He claimed that, the business use having ceased, he had the protection of the 1977 Act. Held: The Pulleng case required te court to reject the tenant’s argument. The meaning of the phrase ‘let as a separate dwelling’ had contracted and no longer … Continue reading Wagle v Trustees of Henry Smith’s Charity Kensington Estate: CA 1990

Mohamed v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council: HL 1 Nov 2001

Mrs M came to England in 1994 living first in Ealing and then Hammersmith. Mr M came later and lived elsewhere in Hammersmith. Hammersmith gave them jointly temporary accommodation, first in a hotel and then in a flat. They then applied under section 193. The authority told Mrs M that they accepted a duty to … Continue reading Mohamed v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council: HL 1 Nov 2001

Liskojarvi and Another v Oy Liikenne Ab: ECJ 25 Jan 2001

There is an inherent conflict between the need to promote freedom of competition, and the need to restrict competition to promote continuity of employment. The transfer of undertakings regulations must apply to the re-allocation of public service contracts. The absence of any direct contractual connection between the transferor and transferee of a contract was important … Continue reading Liskojarvi and Another v Oy Liikenne Ab: ECJ 25 Jan 2001

Criminal proceedings against Goodwin and Unstead: ECJ 28 May 1998

ECJ (Judgment) VAT was payable on supplies of counterfeit drugs even though the income generated by the trade was unlawful. Fiscal neutrality prevented differentiation between lawful and unlawful suppliesThe defendants had sold counterfeit perfumes and had had VAT charges imposed retrospectively. It was held proper to charge VAT on sales which were illegal. Fiscal neutrality … Continue reading Criminal proceedings against Goodwin and Unstead: ECJ 28 May 1998

Merckx and Neuhuys v Ford Motors Company Belgium (Rec 1996,p I-1253) (Judgment): ECJ 7 Mar 1996

Salesmen were transferred to a new dealership at a different workplace without any guarantee as to client base or sales figures, so that there was potential for an adverse impact on commission. Held: All these components were ‘working conditions’. The change was substantial because it was a change in remuneration. Citations: C-171/94, [1996] EUECJ C-171/94, … Continue reading Merckx and Neuhuys v Ford Motors Company Belgium (Rec 1996,p I-1253) (Judgment): ECJ 7 Mar 1996

Commission v United Kingdom (Judgment): ECJ 8 Jun 1994

ECJ Despite the limited character of the harmonization of rules in respect of collective redundancies which Directive 75/129 was intended to bring about, national rules which, by not providing for a system for the designation of workers’ representatives in an undertaking where an employer refuses to recognize such representatives, allow an employer to frustrate the … Continue reading Commission v United Kingdom (Judgment): ECJ 8 Jun 1994