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When to call it a day…

Gitere, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3336 (Admin) The risks of a client deciding to go it alone at the last stage of judicial review proceedings. Mr G is an asylum seeker, awaiting the outcome of his application in 2012. He had been dispersed to […]

The Housing Law Conference

The Housing Law Practitioners Association annual conference is on 8 December at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. 9.30 am to 6.20 pm ‘Housing Right and Righting Wrongs’ This is the housing law conference. Highlights include: A panel discussion on ‘homelessness from all angles’, with Matt Downie of Crisis, Karen Buck MP for Westminster North, […]

Job ad – central London

Helen Bamber Foundation Job title: Welfare and Housing Casework Coordinator Working hours: Full time, 40 hours per week Reporting to: Lead, Medico-Legal Services Location: Central London Contract: Permanent (following probationary period) Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 depending on experience. The Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF) is a human rights charity based in London which was founded in […]

I saw a mouse. Where?…

A semi-guest note on a pest infestation nuisance county court case involving leaseholders. Interesting on both liability and quantum. Ojo & Ojo v London Borough of Hackney. County Court at Clerkenwell & Shoreditch 4 November 2015 The Claimants were secure tenants of the Defendant from 1983 and became leaseholders in 1995. They lived in a […]

Job Ad – S London

Philcox Gray We have a vacancy for: A Paralegal / Trainee Solicitor in our Housing Team Philcox Gray is a long established and well respected firm specialising in Housing & Public Law, Family & Childcare. We aim to provide high quality legal advice and representation to the local community. We wish to recruit a keen and […]

Possession claims by trustee in bankruptcy

Garwood v Bolter & Anor (2015) Ch D 18 November 2015 (Not on BAILII. Note of extempore judgment on Lawtel) I’m working off the lawtel note, which in some (many) respects doesn’t entirely make sense. I’ll try to flag the bits where I am ‘interpreting’. This was an appeal arising from a claim for possession […]

On having a petard and being hoist by it

Toogood v McCourt and others Medway County Court, 6 November 2015 Mr Toogood is a landlord of some 200 properties and runs the Student Lettings Agency in Canterbury. The Defendants were the parents (and guarantors) of three students of five who had had tenancies in a house from Mr Toogood. The tenancies were for, I […]

Job ad – N London

Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit Job Title: Housing and Community Care Solicitor / Caseworker Salary:  £25,000 to £30,000 depending on experience Closing date:  9am on 4th January 2016 Interviews: week commencing 11th January 2016 Website: Location: London N7 7LL Contact: ATLEU is seeking a Housing Solicitor to join its expanding team. The […]

Deposits, dog hairs, doors and defamation

Owens & Anor v Grose & Anor [2015] EWHC 839 (QB) As if tenancy deposits weren’t complicated enough, now we can add libel claims to the consequences of a heated deposit dispute. It turns out that sending potentially libellous accusations to the deposit scheme adjudication service is possibly covered by qualified privilege. Mr & Mrs Grose […]

Vulnerability after Hotak – first High Court case?

R (on the Application of Omar) v Wandsworth LBC, (2015) QBD (Admin) (Ouseley J) 11/11/2015 (not on Bailii yet, note of extempore judgment on Lawtel). A tantalising lawtel note on what appears to be the first higher court decision on vulnerability after Hotak/Johnson/Kanu. The actual wording of the judgment would be interesting to know. Ms O […]