A local authority in the North West is embroiled in a legal row over allegations that it acted vindictively to punish a local solicitor for bringing human rights and personal injury claims.
Blackpool Borough Council rent office space to a local solicitors firm, North Solicitors, who specialise in personal injury work for local people as well as human rights work.
Last year the Council told the firm had to vacate the office space it was renting in the Council-owned premises, because the Council did not like the fact the firm was helping local people bring claims against the Council.
The law firm has brought a judicial review claim in the High Court challenging Blackpool’s decision, and alleging the local authority is acting vindictively and abusing its powers.
Jonathan Auburn is acting for North Solicitors. The case has just been heard in the High Court in Manchester and judgment is due out on Friday.