Landlord and tenant Repair. The claimant landlord brought a dilapidations claim against the tenant in which it alleged breach of a repair covenant of a lease in respect of its property and sought to recover the cost of repairs to the property. The Technology and Construction Court held that, on the facts, the claimant was entitled to recover most of the sums in issue.
Human rights Right to respect for private and family life. The appellant opposed an order for the felling of a tree on the basis that it would interfere with his rights to respect for his home and private life under art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In particular, he relied on his particular fixation with the tree due to his severe and chronic obsessive compulsive disorder. A judge held that the claimant had no proprietary interest in the relevant property. The Administrative Court, in allowing the appeal, held that the judge had not been provided with relevant case law, enabling him to follow the proper process and remitted the matter to the county court.
Building contract Arbitration. The Technology and Construction Court, in proceedings brought pursuant to a building contract, made a declaration that the adjudicator had made a 'temporary binding' decision as to the date of practical completion and refused to stay enforcement of the judgment sum pending the decisions in two subsequent adjudications. Consequently, summary judgment was entered for the claimant.
Arbitration Award. The proceedings concerned a dispute in respect of the construction of a medical centre. Following an arbitration in which the arbitrator found for the defendants, the claimant company applied for leave to appeal the decision of the arbitrator on two issues. In dismissing the application, the Technology and Construction Court held that the claimant's first question in the appeal did not raise an issue of general public importance, and that the arbitrator's decision in respect of the second issue had not obviously been wrong.
European Union Environment. The Court of Justice of the European Union made a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of art3(4) and (5) of Council Directive (EC) 2001-42 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 (on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment). The request had been made in the course of proceedings between L and M, a municipality, concerning the legal validity of a building plan prepared by M without an environmental assessment, as required by that directive, having been carried out.
Town and Country Planning Planning permission. The defendant local authority granted the interested party planning permission for a development. The claimant applied for judicial review of the grant of planning permission on the basis that the proposed development would have been within an exclusion zone set out by an earlier enforcement decision. The Administrative Court dismissed the application as the development was at no point within the exclusion zone.
Local Government Council tax. The claimant contested a council tax rating for his boat that had been moored at a non-permanent mooring in essentially the same place for two years. The Valuation Tribunal allowed the claimant's appeal and the listings officer appealed to the High Court. The High Court allowed that appeal. The claimant appealed to the Court of Appeal, Civil Division on grounds that the High Court had erred in law. The court found that for a mooring to attract liability for council tax, there was a long-standing requirement for a degree of permanence. Permanence was not measured by a period of time alone, but in the circumstances of the present case, time was an overwhelming factor that the tribunal had failed to address. The judge had been correct to overturn the tribunal's decision.
Building contract Architect. The Technology and Construction Court considered issues of liability and quantum in respect of a claim for negligence against the defendant architects resulting from defective work carried out by a building contractor.
Conflict of laws Jurisdiction. The Chancery Division considered an application by the debtor company and the creditor bank for administration of a Jersey company to be held in England. The court held that, as the relevant legislation only permitted the English court to 'assist' ongoing or intended foreign administration proceedings, it was unable to allow the application.
Town and country planning Permission for development. The claimant sought retrospective planning permission to authorise the independent residential use of a unit. The local authority and an inspector for the Secretary of State refused the application. The claimant sought judicial review. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the inspector had not made an error of law and that there had been no procedural unfairness.