Stephen Tromans QC and Catherine Dobson appear in Supreme Court case on rights of sewerage undertakers

Stephen Tromans QC and Catherine Dobson appear in Supreme Court case on rights of sewerage undertakers


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The Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd (Respondent) v United Utilities Water plc (Appellant)

Stephen Tromans QC and Catherine Dobson appeared in the Supreme Court representing the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) as intervener in this important case on the rights of sewerage undertakers.  The Court held that sewerage companies do not enjoy an implied right under the provisions of the Water Industry Act 1991 to discharge sewage from outfalls created after 1991 into private canals or onto private land.  They do however continue to have an implied right of discharge from pre-privatisation outfalls subejct to the safeguards contained in the 1991 Act about foul sewage and interference with the assets of canal and other statutory undertakers, and payment of full compensation for damage caused.

You can read the judgment in this case on the Supreme Court Website.


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