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Year: 2021

Important Council Tax case on test for a “self contained unit”

In Salisbury v Bunyan (LO) [2021] EWHC 3136 (Admin), Sir Ross Cranston rejected a taxpayer’s appeal that his family home was a single dwelling and upheld the decision of the Listing Officer that the building contained two self-contained units. He gave guidance on the test to be applied to determining whether a unit is “self-contained” […]

Two Matrix Members To Be Appointed Queen’s Counsel

Congratulations to Sara Mansoori and Zoë Leventhal who have been successful in their application to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. Sara Mansoori Sara practices in all areas of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection, freedom of information, harassment, and copyright.  Sara was awarded Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection Junior of the Year […]

Home Secretary misinterpreted policy on supporting victims of modern slavery

The Claimant was a potential victim of modern slavery and an asylum seeker who, during the Covid-19 pandemic, was housed by the Secretary of State in full-board asylum accommodation. This claim concerned the proper meaning of the Secretary of State’s policy for providing financial support to victims of modern slavery before the policy was changed on 28 August 2020. The Claimant […]

Musst parties succeeded in both a contract claim and in defending the slander claim against Astra Asset Management

This case concerned a claim for breach of contract brought by Musst Holdings against Astra Asset Management. Astra – a corporate entity –  then issued proceedings Musst for slander and malicious falsehood. The two claims were joined together and heard by Mr Justice Freedman in the Chancery Division in May 2021. The Musst parties succeeded […]