Case Studies

Natural justice in school exclusion appeals

Intensity of judicial review over human rights claims

Meaning of ‘dwelling’ for the purposes of Value Added Tax Act 1994 Sch.8 Group 5 Note 13 and its relationship with s.35 of the Act

First UK case under regulation 47H of the Public Contracts Regulations, considering the appropriate test for applications to lift the automatic stay on signing an awarded public contract

Whether VAT chargeable on food supplies ‘on the premises’: meaning of ‘premises’ for VAT purposes

Acting for the Claimant in his successful challenge to the local authority’s decisions concerning his post-16 education

Application of the Rompelman principle to finding business purposes. Case concerned the intention to convert the largest country house in England into a luxury hotel and whether expenditure incurred for preparatory acts were exempt from VAT

Whether self-employed persons retain a right to reside under EU law for the purposes of claiming job seekers allowance

Whether expenses associated with a house boat used for researching and writing a book were ‘wholly and exclusively’ incurred for the purposes of trade

Whether Upper Tribunal had erred in law by rejecting evidence of persecution

Meaning of ”relevant change of circumstances” in war pensions legislation

Meaning of ‘home’ for the purposes of a local authority’s home to school transport duties

Failure of decision-maker to consider guidance and challenge to strategic environmental assessment

Test cases concerning the lawfulness of deductions from social security benefits after a Debt Relief Order is obtained

Value Adding Approach

Our approach to legal practice is always to articulate creative and value-adding solutions for clients whilst delivering timely, efficient and affordable professional services. All clients conduct their affairs within a legal context and Mercantile Barristers’ role is to advise on the conduct of their transactions and affairs in ways that avoid conflict and disputes.


However, should a dispute become inevitable, then our prior engagement would have assured that all the necessary precautions have been taken and mitigating steps adopted. Thus, clients will begin any dispute resolution in a strong position to achieve their desired objectives.


Whether by adjudication, arbitration, litigation, members at Mercantile Barristers will adopt a firm, swift and decisive approach to achieve the best possible results for clients within the shortest possible time. We recognise that no two cases are the same, so we will adapt our style to suit the occasion.


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