Local Government and Social Housing
John is an experienced commercial advocate, his practice encompassing a broad range of commercial, property and insolvency matters.
He undertakes a variety of local government and social housing work. His areas of expertise extend to :
- Liability Orders for Business Rates and Council Tax
- Property and Landlord and Tenant matters for Councils
- Enforcement of sums owed to Councils
Local Government & Social Housing Cases
Successfully acted for a Local Authority in defending an application to set aside Liability Orders for Business Rates.
Obtained Liability Orders for a Local Authority at trial in a case where it was argued that Liability Orders should be set aside as the Company named on the Lease for the Property was merely a holding company and could not be an occupier for the purpose of rating. Also acted in the parallel Insolvency Proceedings in the High Court. The Company was wound-up as a result of the Liability Orders.
Regularly advises Local Authorities as to whether to issue applications for Liability Orders and on matters of enforcement.
Advised upon and drafted possession proceedings in relation to the enforcement
of a Local Land Charge.
Advised upon whether a Council was able to sell a property to a sports club
Advised upon enforcement of sums due to a Council in relation to care provided
by the Council on death, where no personal representatives of the deceased had