Sharpe Pritchard acts for Cambridge City Council in landmark punt injunction

Sharpe Pritchard has acted for Cambridge City Council in a landmark High Court decision, in which an injunction was issued prohibiting punting operations in a number of locations on the Cam.

The London-based firm of public law solicitors assisted the authority in the case, which saw a High Court judge order that punting operations from council-owned land will constitute a contempt of court, with penalties including imprisonment or fines.

The council accused Traditional Cambridge Tours of carrying out unauthorised commercial operations on its land.

The judge, Mrs Justice Whipple, said: “The council is funded by the public purse. It should not be required to make a succession of expensive applications to court, as and when a fresh trespass occurs, depleting limited resources, which are best spent elsewhere.”

William Rose, the Senior Associate at Sharpe Pritchard who acted for Cambridge City Council, said: “This was an important decision, which emphasises the right of local authorities to prevent unauthorised commercial activities on their land.”

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