Acting for the pursuers and respondents in the case of East Lothian Council v Kevin Martin, Westwater Advocates’ David Anderson was successful in opposing an appeal by a livestock owner against a sheriff’s decision to allow a local authority to sell his livestock. The case was brought as a summary application under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. The appeal was focussed on two discretionary decisions by the sheriff. The first was the sheriff’s decision to decide the case in the absence of the appellant. The second was the sheriff’s decision to grant the order sought by the local authority. The Inner House found no fault with either of the sheriff’s decisions and the appeal was refused in an Opinion which was released today.
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