“Neighbour From Hell?” – Church Court Chambers

Posted November 28th, 2019 in disclosure, misrepresentation, news, noise, nuisance, sale of land, trespass by sally

Does your neighbour regularly park across your driveway? Have a dog that howls or barks incessantly? Play drum and bass music into the early hours? Have children that make uncontrolled noise or trespass regularly onto your property? Use power tools at anti-social hours at the weekend? Do you have a neighbour from hell? Have you raised a complaint to your neighbour directly or to others such as the police or the Local Authority? If so, your property may have suffered a Diminution in Value as a result of such anti-social behaviour or harassment. The value of your property depends on good neighbours and maintaining cordial relations.

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Church Court Chambers, November 2019

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Council planning board removes clause from s106 agreement restricting future occupants from bringing claims over noise after receiving advice move was unlawful – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2019 in damages, news, noise, nuisance, planning by sally

‘­­The Planning Board at the Royal Borough of Greenwich has removed a clause from a s106 agreement that was intended to restrict future occupants of a housing development from pursuing claims for nuisance or damages over noise, after receiving legal advice suggesting it was unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2019

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Judge wrong to ignore tactics of “unscrupulous” NIHL claimants – Litigation Futures

Posted May 21st, 2019 in appeals, contempt of court, costs, deceit, fraud, judges, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘A judge has been criticised by the Court of Appeal for failing to take into account tactics used by “unscrupulous claimants and lawyers”, particularly in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) cases.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st May 2019

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Judicial review of Heathrow airport third runway decision begins – The Guardian

‘Five judicial reviews challenging the legality of the government’s decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow airport have begun in the high court.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2019

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A noisy appeal – Nearly Legal

Posted October 1st, 2018 in appeals, housing, news, noise, nuisance, repossession by sally

‘This was Curo Places appeal of a Circuit Judge’s dismissal of its possession claim against Ms Walker.’

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Nearly Legal, 30th September 2018

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Children’s author faces £1m payout after ‘terrorising’ actor neighbour with ‘monstrously out of control’ garden – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in compensation, harassment, injunctions, news, noise, nuisance by tracey

‘A children’s author faces a £1m payout after terrorising her actor neighbour with her “monstrously out of control” garden.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st August 2018

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Fixed costs only where pre-action protocol not followed – Zenith PI

‘An unreasonable failure to follow the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury.’

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Zenith PI, 1st May 2018

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Violist wins against Royal Opera House for hearing loss – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The ROH has been found liable for failing to protect the hearing of its musicians and for causing acoustic shock to former viola player Chris Goldscheider. This is the first time a musical institution has been found responsible for damage to the hearing of musicians, and the first time that acoustic shock as been recognised as an injury sounding in damages.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd April 2018

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Musician wins landmark ruling over ruined hearing – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2018 in artistic works, employment, health & safety, industrial injuries, news, noise by tracey

‘A viola player who suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012 has won a landmark High Court judgment against the Royal Opera House (ROH).’

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BBC News, 28th March 2018

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Noisy neighbours must pay banker £100,000 in compensation because their floors had no carpet, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 7th, 2018 in compensation, contracts, injunctions, news, noise, nuisance by sally

‘The noisy neighbours of a banker must pay her £100,000 in compensation because their floors had no carpet, a judge has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2018

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Stay silent during rape and attackers may assume consent, warns DPP – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in consent, Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, news, noise, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘Rape victims have been warned by the director of public prosecutions that if they stayed silent during the assault their attackers may have assumed consent was given and therefore could escape being charged.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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Johnson v MoD and date of knowledge in noise-induced hearing loss limitation trials – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in limitations, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The decision of the Court of Appeal in Johnson v Ministry of Defence [2013] P.I.Q.R. P7, [2012] E.W.C.A. Civ 1505 provides a potential “knockout blow” for Defendants in noise-induced hearing loss limitation trials where attributability is disputed by the Claimant.’

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Zenith Chambers, 13th October 2017

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Famous London studio wins two years battle over the sound of silence – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 13th, 2017 in news, noise, planning by tracey

‘A world-famous recording studio where leading symphony orchestras, Sir Paul McCartney, U2 and Liam Gallagher have performed has won a legal battle to stop a neighbour digging a vast “iceberg” basement.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2017

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Civil Justice Council sets out streamlined procedure and fixed costs for deafness cases – Litigation Futures

Posted September 7th, 2017 in Civil Justice Council, costs, disabled persons, news, noise, reports by tracey

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has recommended to government a streamlined procedure for handling fast-track noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) claims and a fixed-costs regime to go with it.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th September 2017

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London borough demands greater powers over “lawless” shisha cafes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in drug abuse, licensed premises, local government, news, noise, smoking by sally

‘Local authorities must be given more powers to shut down unregulated shisha cafes as loopholes in Government legislation allow venues to reopen “virtually overnight”, Brent Council has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd February 2017

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Works and quiet enjoyment – Nearly Legal

Posted January 5th, 2017 in construction industry, covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news, noise, rent by tracey

‘Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation & Anor [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch). It is a commercial property case, but has interesting elements on the way in which building works may be reasonably carried out.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th January 2017

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When is an injury not an injury? – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 1st, 2016 in evidence, industrial injuries, insurance, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The overworking of the de minimis argument in noise-induced hearing loss claims shows the need for proper evidental preparaton and some clearer guidance from the senior courts following Rothwell.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 21st November 2016

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Judge rejects £1m+ misfeasance in public office claim as statute-barred – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 17th, 2016 in limitations, local government, misfeasance in public office, news, noise by sally

‘Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has defeated a claim for misfeasance in public office brought in the High Court by the owners of a local joinery business.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th November 2016

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A non-binary outcome – Nearly Legal

‘This is a cautionary tale for DJs and DDJs hearing Equality Act defences. In Birmingham CC v Stephenson [2016] EWCA Civ 1029 (not on Bailii yet, but we have seen a transcript), the Court of Appeal considered whether a possession order granted in respect of an introductory tenancy was wrongly granted where an Akerman-Livingstone Equality Act style defence was raised (alongside an Article 8 defence). Mr Stephenson had been responsible for noise nuisance from his (uncarpeted) flat. He suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, the symptoms of which are alleviated but not completely cured by medication.’

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Nearly Legal, 1st November 2016

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A balancing act: a landlord’s right to build and a tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment – Henderson Chambers

Posted July 12th, 2016 in compensation, construction industry, landlord & tenant, news, noise by sally

‘Judgment has been handed down by the High Court in the matter of Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corporation and another [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch), a case which raised in an acute form the conflict between a landlord’s right to build and a tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment.’

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Henderson Chambers, 1st July 2016

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