Martin Retail Group v Crawley Borough Council
Martin Retail Group is a tenant of retail premises. It applied for a renewal of its lease on retail premises in Crawley. Part of the application was to extend the type of retail business so as to allow sales of alcohol, groceries and convenience goods. The landlord (Crawley Borough Council) wanted to prevent those particular areas of retail sale from the terms of the lease so Martin Retail applied to the county court complaining that the restriction was anti-competitive and therefore unlawful. Martin Retail won its case.
If you run a small business and you are concerned that a local authority is trying to limit your freedom to compete then you should consider contacting a barrister direct through the public access (otherwise referred to as direct access) scheme. As barrister’s overheads are low (because they operate as self-employed individuals rather than as part of a large firm) they are able to charge much lower fees than you might expect. A barrister will be able to advise you about how the decision in Martin Retail might help you to resolve your issues.
Contact a barrister through northeastbarristers.com for more information. Each of our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board and are members of established barristers’ chambers in the North East of England.