The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind small

Or how to end up with a personal liability for £100,000 within 5 years of qualification as a solicitor. The Charles Henry/Legal Action fallout continues, and very painfully for some involved. For those who have missed the saga of Charles Henry, the pretend solicitors, previous instalments (in order) are here, here, here, here and here. […]

Job Ad – E London

 T V Edwards PARALEGAL SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT T V Edwards LLP is a growing and vibrant firm. We are recruiting for a paralegal for our Social Welfare (Housing/Community Care/Public Law) department. Successful applicants will be responsible for assisting fee earners on their casework, dealing with new client enquiries, some billing and administrative work, and building […]

Vulnerability after Hotak/Johnson/Kanu

I strongly suspect that at some point in the next year we will get at least one Court of Appeal case on the meaning of ‘vulnerability’ in homeless priority decisions after the Supreme Court decision in Hotak v Southwark LBC [2015] UKSC 30  (our note). In the meantime, thanks to the July/August Legal Action Housing: […]

Job Ad – S London

Anthony Gold Solicitors We are looking for a paralegal to join our housing & property disputes team. The housing and property disputes team and the individuals in this team are highly rated in the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners. The role involves supporting the team with a varied and interesting caseload with a […]

Landlords behaving badly

While the Magistrates Courts continue to hand out paltry fines to landlords on conviction for illegal eviction, despite the removal of the upper £5000 limit, it is good to see that the civil courts are capable of taking a more reasonable approach to quantum. The Housing:Recent Developments in the July/August 2016 Legal Action contains a […]

Oppression and the rent arrears protocol

Home Group Limited v Jacqueline Emery & anor, Edmonton County Court 08/08/16 (County Court decision unreported elsewhere). This is a county court case, so not binding, but involves an interesting issue on what might amount to oppression in obtaining a possession order via the rent arrears section of the pre action protocol for possession by social […]

Housing needs and household members

Jones v Luton Borough Council [2016] EWHC 2036 (Admin) This was a judicial review of a decision by Luton Council Housing Appeals and Review Panel not to offer Mr Jones a tenancy of the property of which Mr J’s late father was the tenant, but instead offer a one bed property. Mr J’s mother and […]

Job Ad – In-house in London

Catalyst Housing/Winckworth Sherwood Vacancy: Housing Solicitor (3+PQE) An exciting opportunity has arisen in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. We are looking for an ambitious housing lawyer to work in-house for one of our key housing association clients, Catalyst Housing. The role is currently being offered as a one year secondment based at Catalyst’s Ealing […]

Council tax, periodic tenancies, and the end of L&T law avoided

We’ve seen the issue of who is liable for Council Tax when a tenant has left a property before the end of a periodic tenancy arise before. Here, the Upper Tribunal decided that a statutory periodic monthly tenancy following a 6 month fixed term did not amount to a ‘material interest’ of over six months such […]

Allocation & unreasonable behaviour

YA v London Borough of Hammersmith And Fulham [2016] EWHC 1850 (Admin) YA was in care with H&F for a number of years and was now a care leaver. During that previous period as a child in care, he had committed a number of criminal offences, though these were spent under Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 […]