Off Licence TQ Limited v Torbay Council

Area of law:

Roy Light

2 September 2018

Roy succeeded on two legal arguments of great importance to local authorities in relation to costs in appeal cases: (a) a third party order for costs can be made against the director of a limited company holding the premises license and (b) costs may be awarded even if an appeal is abandoned.

Director/owner of off-licence appealed revocation of store’s licence as ‘would not be liable for costs if lost’ as appellant a limited company with no assets. Withdrew appeal when told an application for costs would be made against him personally. Roy obtained an order against him for the Council’s full costs.

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