15 May 2023

Forsters advises Ministry of Defence in successful defence of claims by Annington Homes

Forsters is delighted to have acted for the Ministry of Defence in successfully defending the claims brought by Annington Homes regarding military service family accommodation.

The High Court has found that the Ministry of Defence does benefit from a right to enfranchise; the Ministry of Defence will now consider whether enfranchisement might achieve better value for money for the taxpayer. The case involved complex aspects of the law of enfranchisement, some of which had never been decided before.

The team at Forsters was led by Senior Partner, Natasha Rees, and Partner, Julia Tobbell. Natasha Rees is a property litigator with expertise in the field of enfranchisement, whilst Julia has significant experience in managing high-profile, high-value property litigation. They received superb support from Associates James Carpenter and Harvey Small.

The Forsters team worked closely with Slaughter and May, as well as Ministry of Defence Legal Advisers, who advised the Ministry of Defence in respect of public law issues.

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