Archive | June, 2009

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Court pooh-poohs Brewster’s millions claim

                                                                                             A property fixer who claimed that, in the manner of Montgomery Brewster, he had lost a £400m fortune and could not therefore reach a divorce settlement with his wife has been threatened with jail by a Family Division judge. Montgomery Brewster, as we all know, managed to spend $30m in 30 days in […]

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Breaking news – Supreme Court to unseat Parliament in swanky stakes

A constitutional whoopee cushion looks set to be sat upon after their Lordships of the Supreme Court threatened to unseat the Honourables of Parliament as to who has the swankiest address. In what [in my imagination] could develop into the mother of all neighbour disputes the Supreme Court wants to create 1 Parliament Square as its prestigious new […]

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RSL public body test case to appeal

A test case on whether Registered Social Landlords are public bodies and therefore susceptible to judicial review is on course for the House of Lords [or the Supreme Court at Middlesex Guildhall by the time it gets there]. Earlier this month the Court of Appeal, by a majority, ruled that RSLs were so susceptible in […]

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Legal hog visits winding up trough

Legal hog visited the winding up court again on Wednesday to report on the ongoing problems for Howard Holdings after its Olympics-inspired £135m leisure scheme in Weymouth failed to materialise. The Irish investor and developer has just three weeks to pay its debts to creditors or it will be wound up. High Court Registrar Christine […]

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Saturday’s EG Legal Preview

  Apart for our legal hog’s visit to the trough that is the winding up court, our Practice & Law section has many page-turning features this Saturday. Amongst others, we have Lucian Cook of Savills, on the need for close scrutiny by those seeking to extend residential leaseholds in the light of the outlook for house prices and […]

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Lily Allen, Peter Andre and Senior Met Officer do battle

Bored with searching for property-related stories I spied a number of interesting cases filed in the Queen’s Bench Division (libel central). Someone called Peter Andre is suing MGN Ltd (the publisher of the Mirror), while News Group has collected suits from both Lily Allen and Senior Met Officer Ali Dizaei. Meanwhile, the ever entertaining RollonFriday […]

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Advice from Tessa on tenancy deposits and student lets

The Landlord Law Blog has some advice for landlords letting to students and the tenancy deposit scheme. Roger, a Landlord Law member, was advised that it would be acceptable to take a sum from the student tenants, eg equating to the first months rent, inform them that this is a ‘non returnable holding sum’, and not […]

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Tolerated Trespasser makes Lords return

The Tolerated Trespasser is to make a return to the House of Lords. Leave to appeal has been given by the Law Lords in Austin v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Southwark. In Austin the Court of Appeal held that relatives of tolerated trespassers who live in the same property do not have the […]

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Court reporters in Crie de Coeur

I have to back the crie de coeur of James Brewster, editor of Strand News. One of the mainstays of reporting from the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand News has written to all regional press pointing out that it is about to go under. James, who like former court reporter Charles Dickens hopes to be […]

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High Court blocks Zaha Hadid spaceship

  Zaha Hadid’s plans for a spaceship in Seville’s Prado de San Sebastian have been derailed by the Andalusian High Court. A neighbourhood association has succeeded in getting an order for the cessation of work on Hadid’s adventurous design for a £4m spaceship [okay "library"] for Seville University. Apparently there are concerns that the 86,114 […]

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