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LAW REPORT - APPEAL COURT RULES ON POWER TO HEAR OVERCHARGE CLAIM

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The court of appeal has ruled that the county court had jurisdiction to hear a claim for a declaration that a local...
The court of appeal has ruled that the county court had jurisdiction to hear a claim for a declaration that a local authority had overcharged the claimant for the cost of maintaining a sewer, since although the action was founded on unjust enrichment, s107(4) of the Building Act 1984 brought it within the county court's contract of jurisdiction.

The Times (p40) reports that the court so held, allowing an appeal by the claimant, Seth Cephas Kwabla Agozdo, from a decision of Bristol crown court refusing jurisdiction over his request for a declaration that charges levied in 1991 by the defendant, Bristol City Council, for drainage works were excessive.
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