Manchester Ship Canal dispute heading to Supreme Court

A ruling that a car manufacturer can continue to discharge water from its Ellesmere Port plant into the Manchester Ship Canal for just £50 a year is to come under challenge at the Supreme Court.

Lord Reed, Lord Briggs and Lady Arden have granted the Manchester Ship Canal Company permission to appeal against a Court of Appeal decision in May 2018, in a technically complicated and potentially controversial case about “relief from forfeiture”.

The case, which “bristles with points of law”, according to Behrens J in his initial 2017 High Court judgment, is about the circumstances in

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