Supreme Court backs Westminster over e-mail service in rating case

The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal in a significant case in relation to the service of documents, ruling that a completion notice handed to a third-party receptionist and then e-mailed to the correct recipient was validly served. The decision has been welcomed as a “vote of confidence” in electronic communications from the country’s highest court. Roger Cohen, partner at Bryan cave Leighton Paisner, said: “The Supreme Court has seen the future and it works. In deciding that the completion notice had been validly served, because it reached the developer by e-mail, the justices have affirmed modern methods of communication.
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