Guidance on disclosure requirements under the Disclosure Pilot Scheme (TCC) Case summary: Castle Water Ltd v Thames Water Utilities Ltd

In this May 2020 case, the Technology and Construction Court has provided some useful guidelines as to the type of documents that must be disclosed in order to comply with the Disclosure Pilot Scheme. In particular, the case has shed some light on the appropriate process that should be followed in disclosing ‘adverse’ and ‘known…

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Mohamed & Lahrie v London Borough of Waltham Forest and Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Sharpe Pritchard LLP acted for the London Borough of Waltham Forest (the ‘Council’) in defence of two claims for judicial review of decisions made against Mr Mohammed and Mrs Lahrie (the ‘Claimants’), directors of property companies operating, and owners of property, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. On 7 May 2020, the High Court…

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Respect is due! Upper Tribunal considers the weight to be given to local authority financial penalty decisions

This week, a significant Upper Tribunal decision was handed down by Judge Elizabeth Cooke in Waltham Forest LBC v (1) Marshall (2) Ustek [2020] UKUT 0035 (LC). The cases of Marshall and Ustek began as separate appeals in the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) against financial penalties imposed by the London Borough of Waltham Forest (the Council) under Section 249A of the…

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Decision handed down in Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames and Derek Moss

Since at least the mid 1960’s, Kingston Council, along with many other local authorities throughout the Country, had been collecting payments from its social housing tenants towards the water and sewerage charges for their council homes at the same time as collecting rent from them. Since this time, both local government and the water industry…

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Fly-tipping case report: London Borough of Croydon v George Smith

On 25 January 2017, George Smith was sentenced to a total of 52 weeks’ imprisonment (the maximum prison sentence available to a magistrates’ court) for a total of 4 separate fly-tipping incidents committed within the Borough of Croydon. This sentence comprised 26 weeks custody for 3 offences which took place at the same location in…

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