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J.P. Scrafton practises law in the areas of rating, compulsory purchase and property valuation, and has been involved in some landmark cases that define modern property taxation.


Further, as a qualified arbitrator and mediator, J.P. Scrafton seeks cost effective solutions to any dispute, maximising the benefit to clients.





MONK JUDGMENT HANDED DOWN BY THE SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court has just allowed, unanimously, the appeal of SJ&J Monk against the decision of the Court of Appeal, reversing the decision of the Lands Chamber, which latter decision is now restored. The appeal concerned the extent of the state of deemed repair in which a hereditament is to be deemed to exist before the beginning of the hypothetical tenancy.

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THERE ARE MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH THAN ARE DREAMT OF ...
Insight article, Scrafton's Law, June 2016

I thought that we ought to tip our hats to Shakespeare, this year, of all years, as I mention a few matters which are (or should be) of interest to readers, not all of which lie within the bounds of rating: for things are changing around us, in many areas, rapidly, with more changes and challenges on the way. I am going to talk about a few of these, here, albeit in outline.

The first matter of report is the almost invariable demise of the Bill in the House of Lords, to add new Council Tax bands: it has run out of parliamentary time, seems not to have government support, and is therefore unlikely to proceed.

Rating proceeds in its pre-ordained direction, of course. The Institute is involved in discussions within Whitehall, trying to secure the most workable outcome, but there are obvious tensions and “unknowns”...


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