UK courts told not to ‘overreact’ during coronavirus crisis – The Guardian

‘Courts must take care not to “overreact in unprecedented times”, a former director of public prosecutions has said, amid concerns that lengthy sentences being imposed during the coronavirus crisis could be excessive.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2020

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Remote hearings: injunction to stop ‘car cruising’ continued in open court without attendance of the parties – Wolverhampton City Council & Ors v Persons Unknown – Hardwicke Chambers

‘This was a review hearing for a quia timet injunction against ‘car cruising’ in areas of the Claimant local authorities before His Honour Judge Worster sitting as a High Court Judge in the QBD, Birmingham District Registry. ‘Car cruising’, or ‘street cruising’ as it is sometimes defined, is a congregation of two or more motor vehicles driving dangerously or in an anti-social way so as to cause nuisance, damage or danger to the public; usually gatherings to race or perform stunts in cars, motorbikes or quad bikes, which have been a particular problem in particular parts of Birmingham.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 3rd April 2020

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Coronavirus: Man jailed after hospital visit social media boast – BBC News

‘A man who boasted on social media of visiting a hospital without a medical reason has been jailed for 12 weeks.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2020

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Fearn & Ors v Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery [2020] EWCA Civ 104 – Tanfield Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2020 in human rights, news, nuisance, privacy by sally

‘There was no cause of action that existed in respect of a private nuisance for overlooking. The instant case was more akin to an invasion of privacy rather than nuisance, and Parliament should be the body to legislate that area rather than the Courts.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 25th February 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted February 26th, 2020 in chambers articles, environmental protection, housing, news, nuisance, privacy, waste, water by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall and Natasha Hausdorff consider recent flooding events in the UK, the Tate Gallery viewing platform case and the rise in fly-tipping and organised crime.’

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Six Pump Court, 19th February 2020

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The Overlooked – Nearly Legal

Posted February 20th, 2020 in appeals, news, nuisance, privacy by sally

‘This is the latest round of what is becoming the most heavily litigated stretch of air space in London, assorted leaseholders of Neo Bankside against the Tate Modern, over the overlooking of their flats (plate glass walls and all) from the viewing platform on the Tate Modern extension.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th February 2020

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Fearn & Ors v The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery – Falcon Chambers

Posted February 19th, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, housing, human rights, news, nuisance, privacy by sally

‘The Neo Bankside development is a striking modern development designed by Richard Rogers and Partners (now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners). It is on the south side of the River Thames and is adjacent to the Tate Modern, Britain’s National gallery of international modern art, which is based in the former Bankside Power Station.’

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Falcon Chambers, February 2020

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Adjacent flats: a new installation for Tate Modern? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 14th, 2020 in appeals, housing, injunctions, news, nuisance, planning by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has just dismissed the actions in nuisance by residents of flats adjacent to the the Tate Modern art gallery on the south bank of the River Thames in central London. (Disclaimer: the author of this post has just moved into an apartment in the area but has no association with the flats or the residents central to this appeal.)’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th February 2020

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Tate Modern privacy row residents dealt legal blow – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2020 in appeals, injunctions, news, nuisance, privacy by tracey

‘Flat owners overlooked by Tate Modern visitors on a viewing platform have been dealt a legal blow in a row over their privacy. Residents of Neo Bankside want to stop “hundreds of thousands of visitors” watching them from the platform. But the Court of Appeal has dismissed their claim to privacy saying they should “lower their solar blinds”.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2020

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted January 17th, 2020 in bills, climate change, environmental protection, local government, news, nuisance by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Charles Morgan, Gordon Wignall and Mark Davies consider the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill, the Dutch Supreme Court’s ruling in the Urgenda litigation and the role of local authorities in climate change and nuisance law.’

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Six Pump Court, 15th January 2020

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Teenager who threatened suicide on road prosecuted for third time – The Guardian

‘A teenager with long-term mental health problems has been prosecuted three times in the last nine months after threatening suicide near busy roads.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2020

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“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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Environmental Law Podcast – November 2019 – Six Pump Court

Posted November 26th, 2019 in environmental protection, financial regulation, news, nuisance, pollution by sally

‘The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Christopher Badger and Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.’

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Six Pump Court, 22nd November 2019

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Gordon Wignall, Christopher Badger and Natasha Hausdorff consider the recently published Environment Bill, the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and whether public nuisance might provide a means of taking action in cases of climate change.’

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Six Pump Court, 23rd October 2019

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Shard freeclimber faces court case over breach of injunction – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2019 in injunctions, news, nuisance by sally

‘The freeclimber who scaled the Shard in July is being taken to court by the skyscraper’s owners for breaching an injunction.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2019

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Breach of PSED and consequences for possession – Nearly Legal

‘The Court of Appeal considers the effect of an admitted breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty under s.149 Equality Act 2010 on possession proceedings.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th August 2019

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Manchester police defend prosecution of two mentally ill people – The Guardian

‘A police force has defended its decision to prosecute two mentally ill women who were charged after they caused traffic jams when trying to kill themselves.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2019

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Song from under the floorboards – Nearly Legal

Posted May 7th, 2019 in appeals, consent, contracts, covenants, enforcement, housing, leases, news, nuisance by tracey

‘Fouladi v Darout Ltd & Ors (2018) EWHC 3501 (Ch). Although the judgment is dated December 2018, this has just appeared – a case on the perennially vexed topic of noise from a flat above. In fact it is an appeal and cross appeal on a county court judgment and order on a claim by a leaseholder against both the upstairs leaseholder and the freeholder. The reason that the claim was made, reached trial and then appeal might be connected to the value of the claimant’s flat being some £2,400,000.’

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Nearly Legal, 6th May 2019

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Case Analysis: Fearn v Trustees of the Tate Gallery [2018] EWHC 246 (Ch) – Tanfield Chambers

Posted March 20th, 2019 in housing, news, nuisance, privacy by sally

‘The claim related to a public viewing platform on the 10th Floor of the Tate Modern art gallery in Central London. The gallery overlooked a modern residential development approx.35m away with striking floor to ceiling windows. As a result, visitors using the platform could see into the living areas of the flats. There was evidence that there were up to 300 visitors at a time, and that a significant minority waived and shouted at the occupiers of the flats, took photos and posted pictures of the interiors of the flats on social media. The owners of the flats brought a claim for private nuisance against the trustees of the gallery.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 22nd February 2019

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