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Public bodies shafting each other?

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:27 am

My attention was brought to Cosmichome v Southampton over a question of land law, but reading the judgment, it seems to me to be about a very dodgy deal to the likely detriment of the taxpayer.
As I understand it, the BBC bought the land from the local council for £1 with a proviso that when they stopped using it, they would sell it back.
The BBC circumvented that agreement by selling it before they stopped using it, and leased it back from the company they sold it to.
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Re: Public bodies shafting each other?

Postby shootist » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:40 am

Hairyloon wrote:My attention was brought to Cosmichome v Southampton over a question of land law, but reading the judgment, it seems to me to be about a very dodgy deal to the likely detriment of the taxpayer.
As I understand it, the BBC bought the land from the local council for £1 with a proviso that when they stopped using it, they would sell it back.
The BBC circumvented that agreement by selling it before they stopped using it, and leased it back from the company they sold it to.


I can't think that any lawyer would find this remotely dodgy. Immoral maybe, but since when has the law (or the BBC) given anything more than a passing nod to morality?
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Re: Public bodies shafting each other?

Postby atticus » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:50 am

The redevelopment has been a definite improvement.
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Re: Public bodies shafting each other?

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:05 pm

atticus wrote:The redevelopment has been a definite improvement.

Maybe so, but that is beside the point. There is no suggestion here that the development should not have happened, only that the proper price be paid to the proper place.

shootist wrote:I can't think that any lawyer would find this remotely dodgy...

Oh yes, entirely legal: the contract left a damn great loophole in it.
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Re: Public bodies shafting each other?

Postby dls » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:33 pm

No.

Each party was reresente by no doubt skilled and well paid lawyers. The council failed to do the basics and lost. Registration was required. They did not trouble to do it.

It had nothing to do with the contract.
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Re: Public bodies shafting each other?

Postby atticus » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:55 pm

Public body shafting itself.
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