Curiosity Not Enough to Trigger Freedom of Information Duty

Curiosity Not Enough to Trigger Freedom of Information Duty Lots of people would love to know what their neighbours are up to but mere curiosity is not enough to justify disclosure of information about them that may be in the possession of public authorities. A tribunal made that point in refusing to disclose full details of informal advice given to a householder by a local authority planning officer. A council had a system whereby potential applicants for planning consent could, for a fee, receive preliminary advice from planning officers on the acceptability of their proposals. Such advice was not binding on the council and was not included in planning records…

High Court Pierces Corporate Veil in Big Money Divorce Case

High Court Pierces Corporate Veil in Big Money Divorce Case Legal and beneficial ownership of company shares are two very different concepts and, as one case strikingly showed, family judges have the power to look behind the corporate veil in ensuring a fair division of assets between divorcing couples. The case concerned a group of companies that had been established by a highly successful businessman. A restructuring of his business affairs had resulted in shares in the group being placed in the legal ownership of members of his family. Following the end of his seven-year marriage, his ex-wife sought financial provision from him and argued that he was the beneficial…