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VAT on Hospital Car Parking and Distortion of Competition - Test Case Ruling

Should NHS trusts be permitted to provide VAT-free parking to patients, staff and visitors, or would that amount to an impermissible distortion of competition? With around £70 million in tax at stake, the Upper Tribunal (UT) has decisively answered...

Solicitor's Evidence Decisive in Resolving Bitter Family Inheritance Dispute

Taking legal advice when making your will is more than likely to reap dividends after you are gone. In one case, a solicitor's wholly reliable evidence proved decisive in resolving an extraordinarily bitter family inheritance dispute . By his final will, a...

Trespass - Judge Identifies Perpetrators of Vast Waste Dumping Operation

Waste dumping scars the landscape but it can be very hard to identify perpetrators, who commonly take steps to cover their tracks. In one case, however, a judge was able to pinpoint those responsible for depositing close to 20 tonnes of waste in a disused...

Foreign Surrogacy Arrangements - High Court Underlines the Hazards

Delays in surrogacy treatment in England may be long but, as a High Court ruling showed , those who look abroad to fulfil their desire for parenthood may well be placing their own and their children's legal status at risk. The case concerned a same-sex...

High Street Retailer's Insolvency Triggers Guideline TUPE Ruling

When one company acquires all or part of the assets of another, is the former legally obliged to take on the latter's employees on the same terms as before? That issue was the focus of an important Employment Tribunal (ET) case arising from the insolvency of...

You Are Entitled to Rely on Ostensibly Competent Professional Tax Advice

When it comes to tax matters, there is a tendency for fiscally inexperienced people to simply sign whatever documents their accountants put in front of them. That can be a risky approach but, as a First-tier Tribunal (FTT) ruling showed, there is often an...

The Sticky Story of Paddington Bear and the Royalty Distribution Litigation

When Paddington Bear took tea with Her Late Majesty the Queen during her platinum jubilee celebrations, a developing High Court dispute concerning the proper interpretation of a clause in a royalty distribution agreement (RDA) is unlikely to have featured...

Residents Blighted by Noise Nuisance Granted High Court Abatement Order

If the tranquillity of your home is blighted by noise or any other form of nuisance, you don't have to just grin and bear it. In a case on point, the High Court came to the aid of residents who said that their lives were rendered a sleepless purgatory by...

Property Guardianship Agreement Proves Fraught with Legal Difficulty

It is increasingly commonplace for owners of vacant commercial buildings to permit their occupation by so-called 'property guardians' with a view to protecting them from squatters and vandals. As an Upper Tribunal (UT) ruling showed , however, such...

What Amounts to 'Marital Reconciliation'? Unique High Court Ruling

Some couples have second thoughts in the midst of divorce proceedings and get back together. However, in a unique decision, the High Court has ruled that the resumption of a toxic relationship does not amount to marital reconciliation . The case concerned...
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