UKI (Kingsway) Ltd v Westminster City Council – WLR Daily

UKI (Kingsway) Ltd v Westminster City Council [2017] EWCA Civ 430

‘The freeholder of a building being redeveloped failed to agree with the local billing authority a date on which the building would be brought into the ratings list. The authority subsequently delivered to the manager of the building a completion notice addressed to “the owner” specifying a date. The manager, who was not authorised to accept legal documents on behalf of the freeholder, scanned the document and e-mailed a copy to the freeholder. When the building was entered onto the ratings list the freeholder appealed on the grounds that the completion notice was invalid and had not been validly served. Before the Court of Appeal the sole issue was the validity of service.’

WLR Daily, 15th June 2017


Judge quashes permission in basement and permitted development rights case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 9th, 2016 in building law, interpretation, local government, London, news, planning by sally

‘A judge has quashed the London Borough of Camden’s grant of planning permission for a basement extension, deciding that the planning committee misdirected itself over the volume of associated engineering works.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th December 2016


Blow to basement-builders as judge rules specific planning permission is needed – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2016 in building law, news, planning by sally

‘Homeowners who want to expand their basements may now be forced to seek specific planning permission after a High Court ruling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2016


Late Amendments to Pleadings – Proceed with Caution – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in amendments, building law, contracts, duty of care, news, pleadings by sally

‘The Claimant had purchased a new build property which had been constructed by the First Defendant company. Slightly over a year later the Claimant tripped over a paved step in her garden which rendered her tetraplegic. The other Defendants to the claim were the directors of the First Defendant and the contractor who had been engaged to lay the paving in the garden.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 30th November 2016


Compliance with the pre-action protocol for construction and engineering disputes –

Posted October 24th, 2016 in building law, civil procedure rules, news by michael

‘A specific pre-action protocol applies to construction and engineering disputes. These claims are typically heard by the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) division of the High Court.’

Full guide, 21st October 2016


New drainage guidance for lawyers published – Legal Futures

‘New guidance is released today [24 May] for lawyers on drainage requirements for new build developments.’

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Legal Futures, 24th May 2016


Regina (Hourhope Ltd) v Shropshire Council – WLR Daily

Posted March 11th, 2015 in building law, law reports, local government, planning by tracey

Regina (Hourhope Ltd) v Shropshire Council: [2015] EWHC 518 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 100
‘The relevant question for determining whether the demolition deduction applied for the purposes of regulation 40 of the Community Infrastructure Regulations 2010 was whether the building was in actual lawful use at the material time and not whether there was a lawful use to which it could have been put.’

WLR Daily, 2nd March 2015


Regina (Gra Acquisition Ltd) v Oxford City Council – WLR Daily

Posted February 11th, 2015 in building law, law reports, local government, planning by sally

Regina (Gra Acquisition Ltd) v Oxford City Council [2015] EWHC 76 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 47

‘There was no exhaustive or exclusive statutory rule to the effect that a single building and its curtilage, whatever their nature, scale or relationship to each other, could never be listed as a conservation area pursuant to section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.’

WLR Daily, 22nd January 2015


DCLG opens technical consultation on house building standards – OUT-

‘The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) opened a consultation last week on a series of proposed changes to the existing system of housing standards, which seek to reduce and simplify the rules house builders must comply with.’

Full story, 15th September 2014


Waterloo tower block ‘threatens view of Westminster’ – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2013 in building law, judicial review, news, planning by sally

“A judicial review is sought over plans for a tower block that critics say will harm views of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.”

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BBC News, 19th June 2013


Making rights to light more transparent – Law Commission

Posted February 18th, 2013 in building law, consultations, news, right to light by sally

“In a consultation opening today the Law Commission is asking for views on the current law on rights to light, including their creation, enforcement and extinguishment.”

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Law Commission, 18th February 2013


Meg Burgess wall death: Builder George Collier jailed – BBC News

“A builder has been given a two year jail term after a three-year-old girl died when she was crushed by a collapsing wall.”

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BBC News, 5th October 2012


Jenson and another v Faux – WLR Daily

Posted April 15th, 2011 in building law, defective premises, law reports, statutory duty by sally

Jenson and another v Faux [2011] EWCA Civ 423;  [2011] WLR (D)  133

“A contractor who carried out works to a dwelling owed a duty under section 1 of the Defective Premises Act 1972 to see that the work was done in a workmanlike or professional manner. That duty was owed to the person for whom the works were carried out and the purchaser to whom that property was subsequently sold where the dwelling was new, or if refurbished or extended, it was wholly different from the old dwelling. The Act did not apply to improvements which did not sufficiently change the character of the property so as to amount to a new dwelling.”

WLR Daily, 13th April 2011


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People in rural villages to be allowed to build on green belt without planning permission – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2010 in bills, building law, news, planning by sally

“People living in rural communities will be able to give themselves the right to build on local green belt land without planning permission, under plans to be unveiled today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2010


Bath Spa: Council paid £4m compensation for delay – BBC News

Posted December 9th, 2009 in building law, compensation, contracts, delay, news by sally

“Bath and North East Somerset Council was paid at least £4.17m in compensation for the delayed Bath Spa Project, its accounts have revealed.”

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BBC News, 9th December 2009


Victory for anti-scald campaign – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2009 in building law, health & safety, news, personal injuries by sally

“A campaign to reduce injuries caused by scalding in the bath has brought about a change to building regulations.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2009


Council to sue £21m over Bath Spa – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2008 in building law, contracts, delay, news by sally

“Bath and North East Somerset Council is to sue a building firm for £21m after a luxury spa opened five years late.”

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BBC News, 15th December 2008


Judge slams Wembley dispute’s £22m costs total – The Lawyer

Posted October 6th, 2008 in building law, contracts, costs, news by sally

“A judge has hit out at the participants involved in a four-year dispute over the construction of Wembley Stadium after they racked up £22m in costs, including £1m on photocopying.”

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The Lawyer, 6th October 2008


Law change call for bust builders – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2008 in building law, insolvency, news by sally

“Laws need to be tightened to ensure homeowners are not out of pocket when builders go bankrupt, the housing minister for Wales has said.”

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BBC News, 19th May 2008


Reinwood Ltd v L Brown & Sons Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted March 11th, 2008 in building law, contracts, law reports by sally

Reinwood Ltd v L Brown & Sons Ltd [2008] UKHL 12; WLR (D) 77

“Where under the JCT Standard Form of Building Contract, 1998 ed, Private with Quantities the architect granted the contractor an extension of time after the employer had served a withholding notice and paid under an interim certificate on the assumption that it had the right to rely on a non-completion certificate previously served, the grant of the extension of time did not deprive the employer of that right since it did not cancel the non-completion notice restrospectively.”

WLR Daily, 10th March 2008


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.