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(1)Any document required or authorised by virtue of this Act to be served on any person may be served—
(a)by delivering it to him or by leaving it at his proper address or by sending it by post to him at that address; or
(b)if the person is a body corporate, by serving it in accordance with paragraph (a) above on the secretary of that body; or
(c)if the person is a firm, by serving it in accordance with paragraph (a) above on a partner or a person having the control or management of the firm.
(2)For the purposes of this section and of section 7 of the M1Interpretation Act 1978 (which relates to the service of documents by post) in its application to this section, the proper address of any person on whom a document is to be served shall be his last known address, except that—
(a)in the case of service on a body corporate or its secretary, it shall be the address of the registered or principal office of the body;
(b)in the case of service on a firm or a partner or a person having the control or management of a firm it shall be the address of the principal office of the firm;
and for the purposes of this subsection the principal office of a company registered outside the United Kingdom or of a firm carrying on business outside the United Kingdom is its principal office within the United Kingdom.
(3)If a person to be served by virtue of this Act with any document by another has specified to that other an address within the United Kingdom other than his proper address (as determined in pursuance of subsection (2) above) as the one at which he or someone on his behalf will accept documents of the same description as that document, that address shall also be treated as his proper address for the purposes of this section and for the purposes of the said section 7 in its application to this section.
(4)If the name or address of any owner or occupier of land on whom by virtue of this Act any document is to be served cannot after reasonable inquiry be ascertained, the document may be served by—
(a)addressing it to him by the description of “owner” or “occupier” of the land (describing it); and
(b)either leaving it in the hands of a person who is or appears to be resident or employed on the land or leaving it conspicuously affixed to some building or object on or near the land.
(5)This section shall not apply to any document in relation to the service of which provision is made by rules of court.
(6)In this section “secretary”, in relation to a local authority within the meaning of the M2Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, means the proper officer within the meaning of that Act.
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