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Reasonable excuse - a defence to not licensing an HMO

Thurrock Council v Khalid Daoudi  concerned an appeal to the Upper Tribunal (UT) from the decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) to cancel a £10,000 civil penalty imposed upon the respondent by the appellant for the offence of managing...

Can a caravan site be a protected site?

Can a caravan site become a “protected site” where planning permission was granted after date of occupation agreement? This was the question before the Upper Tribunal (UT) in  (1) Ms Sophie Dean (2) Ms Emily Haggart (3) Mrs Annabel Harding...

Supreme Court says Uber drivers are workers, not self-employed

The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers should be classed as workers rather than as self-employed. The distinction is crucial as it means drivers gain significant employments rights such as entitlement to the minimum wage and holiday pay. The...

Heathrow Airport expansion ruled lawful

Did the Secretary of State’s failure to take account of the UK’s climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement render the designation of the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) and its accompanying environmental report favouring the...

New rules on applications for succession to tenancies

The law relating to the application to the Agricultural Land Tribunal (ALT) for succession on death of a tenant under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 has been tested by the case of  Daniel James Adams v Thomas James Cecil Jones,   which has...

What is the scope of the power to vary a manager appointment?

What is the scope of the power to vary the appointment of a manager and what is the position of a right to manage (RTM) company acquiring the right to manage after a tribunal-appointed manager has been appointed? This was the question asked before the Upper...

Increasing rent in cases of Assured Tenancy or Assured Shorthold Tenancies

To understand if, and when, a Landlord can increase the rent in cases of assured tenancies and assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs), it is important to be aware of the distinction between the two. Assured tenancies are much a story of the past as prior to the...

Father can have children vaccinated despite mother's objection

A father has been granted a court order for his children to be vaccinated despite objections from their mother. The children were aged six and four. The parents had separated, and the children lived with the mother. The parents were involved in proceedings...

Cohabitant misled by her partner wins share of family home

A woman who was misled by her cohabiting partner has won her legal fight to own 50% of the home they shared together. The case involved Natalie O'Neill and Shaun Holland, who had lived together for 12 years. Legal title to the property had been vested...

Pregnant woman 'told to resign' awarded £18,000 compensation

A customer service assistant who said she was told to resign after her employer discovered she was pregnant has been awarded £18,000 after making a discrimination claim. The case involved Mrs N Agarwal and St John Freight System UK. Mrs Agarwal had...
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