Illegal occupation is no bar to adverse possession

Best, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for Justice (Rev 1) [2015] EWCA Civ 17 The Court of Appeal considered the clash of s.144 LASPO and the rules on adverse possession, on appeal from the Administrative Court. Our report on the Admin Court judgment is here, and, to be honest, I’m […]

Job Ads (Lots!)

Three job ads Tower Hamlets Law Centre Housing Law Solicitor (full time) Tower Hamlets Law Centre is seeking to appoint a full time Housing Law Solicitor. The post is for an initial 6 months with a view to it becoming permanent subject to funding. We have a Legal Aid Agency Contract that covers legal help […]

On the naughty step: The Low Road edition

While there is an update to be made on our old friends Charles Henry & Co (the ‘not solicitors’), it will have to wait, because we have some new and very, very special friends. And excitingly, these friends involve us in both Scots land law and Channel Island based entities, who don’t operate in Scotland, […]


The site had been getting a bit unwieldy lately as things got added – the downloads, the bedroom tax page and so on – plus the ever burgeoning archives. Then there were glitches with the email updates for subscribers. So, I have done a bit of a revamp, with the aim of making things cleaner […]

Shared care isn’t occupation as a home.

A short Upper Tribunal decision has put an end to bedroom tax appeals based on the ‘part-time’ residence of a child of a separated family with shared care. MR v North Tyneside Council and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Housing and council tax benefits : other) [2015] UKUT 34 (AAC) The FTT in […]

Proposed changes to S.21

As well as the clauses introducing the retaliatory eviction proposals, the Government’s proposed amendments to the Deregulation Bill would make some other changes to s.21. The effects would be: No s.21 notice can be served within the first 4 months of the shorthold tenancy, thus ending the all too widespread practice of serving a s.21 […]

The revenge of retaliatory eviction law

After the Teather ‘revenge eviction’ member’s bill was talked out by a couple of Tory MPs, (Chope and Davis), the question was would the proposals survive in another form before the election. Well today, the DCLG announced the Government’s proposed amendments to the Deregulation Bill – just headed to the Lords before Third reading in […]

Email subscription problems

There appears to be a problem with update emails going out – at least for the last 3 or 4 days. This is not a problem with our end of things, but there is no acknowledged problem by the provider of the email update service (Google, via feed burner). The upshot is I don’t know […]

Nuisance and reasonable steps

As an illustration of the perils of a claim in nuisance, here is Yianni v Shakeshaft [2014] EWCA Civ 1639 [Not on Bailii. We’ve seen a transcript] Ms Y is the leaseholder of a flat below that of Mrs & Mr Shakeshaft, who had a tenant in theirs. There had been repeated leaks, and floods, into […]

Three Job Ads

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