Soho Sex Shops Strike Euro-Blow Against Westminster
R (Hemming & Others) v Westminster City Council, Court of Appeal, 24th May 2013
A group of sex shop owners has won a major victory in the Court of Appeal after a three year campaign to reduce its licence fees. The judgment of the Court of Appeal is set to cost the licensing authority, Westminster City Council, up to £2 million. The judgment also has a potentially far-reaching effect on other fields of regulation.
Since 2005, Westminster City Council charged sex shop owners in the West End of London £29,102 for their annual licence. In 2009, new European laws came into force in the United Kingdom, which prevented licensing authorities from charging fees going beyond the actual costs of the authorisation process.
Court of Appeal dismisses appeal in relation to temporary planning permission.
On 13 May 2013, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the decision of Mr Justice Holman that a planning inspector had not erred in refusing to grant temporary planning permission for a Gypsy site in Basildon.
Melissa Murphy represented Basildon Council.
Morag Ellis QC chairs 6th National PEBA Conference
Morag Ellis QC is to chair the 6th National PEBA Conference on the 17th May 2013 to be held at Hogan Lovells.
The conference will focus on how best to overcome obstacles to development.
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High Court considers how evidence seeking to establish precise boundaries using datum points should be assessed in boundary dispute
Matt Hutchings successfully defends a decision of William Hanson, sitting as an Adjudicator to HM Land Registry in Currey v Fletcher , Chancery Division, 15th May 2013.
The Adjudicator produced a decision in a boundary dispute involving issues of paper title, boundary agreements and adverse possession.
The opponents sought permission to appeal from the Chancery Division, where they were represented by George Lawrence QC.
Secretary of State confirms Aylesbury Estate Compulsory Purchase Order in Southwark
A compulsory purchase of land at the Aylesbury Estate in the London Borough of Southwark, to facilitate development pursuant to the Council's Area Action Plan and a planning permission granted to its development partner L&Q was confirmed by the Secretary of State without modification on the 13th May 2013.
Flexible tenancies: top tips for drafting tenancy agreements
Having assisted a number of local authorities and housing associations with the implementation of flexible tenancy schemes.
Jon Holbrook offers his top tips for landlords drafting flexible tenancy agreement. Click here Flexible tenancies