Author Archives: Giles Peaker

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts, and still is Nearly Legal on Google +

Let’s all talk about Wales

We don’t often publicise events here, but given that this one involves at least couple of the NL team, we are damn well going to.

Housing Law:
The Welsh Devolution Effect
1st May 2014

Cardiff Law School, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


A one day conference run by the University of Bristol Law School, Anthony Gold, and Arden Chambers examining the two major housing Bills in Wales, the Housing (Wales) Bill and the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.

The Welsh Government is carrying through a substantial legislative programme reforming all aspects of housing and tenancy rights and responsibilities. These significant changes will ultimately lead to an effective separation of Wales … Read the full post

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Child’s rooms and odd rooms

I’ve added a couple of new bedroom tax First Tier Tribunal decisions to the FTT page.

There is a Newcastle decision (Reasons here. Known as the Isos decision after the landlord who supported the appeal) which is a separated family decision. The appellant’s son stayed some 4 nights a week with him, but the mother was the one in receipt of child benefit. The Tribunal decided, despite the Council pointing out that the guidance they had received was that only the parent with child benefit should be the one not to face the bedroom tax, that the bedroom was clearly the son’s bedroom and that the appellant’s … Read the full post

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Job Ad


General Counsel

£44,035 per annum, plus excellent benefits

Closing date: 15 April 2014

Interviews to be held Friday 2 May 2014 in London

We’re looking for an accomplished Solicitor with considerable post qualification experience gained in private practice or in-house, to take on the specialist role of General Counsel.

This new role will lead our in-house professional legal support function with responsibility for compliance and good practice and manage our specialist policy and casework and legal writing teams

This post will work closely with the National Legal Services Manager who manages the 100 fee earners and support staff, including 45 solicitors delivering high quality housing advice and litigation … Read the full post

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Minimum Space (standards)

This is a post by Alan Richards, a journalist and blogger on legal matters, financial affairs, politics and economics, who blogs at Alrich.  We are happy to add it to the blog, dealing as it does with size standards for housing, both social and private.

Anyone hoping the Government’s announcement that it is bringing in national minimum space standards for homes will ensure decent-sized housing from now on will be sadly disappointed.

The Department for Communities (DCLG) has confirmed it will bring in such a standard  – but the small print indicates it will be rarely applied. In fact the “national space standard” is no standard at all. Instead … Read the full post

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A game of forfeits

The flexible tenancy, that marvellous and oxymoronic invention of the Localism Act, is now in place and in use by a number of Councils. The last time I considered flexible tenancies it was largely about how they were created and how they were terminated at the end of the fixed term (there was also this CPDCast. Which may or may not still be free).

Now, given that they exist, and given that people will do things like get into arrears or cause a bit of a nuisance, before the end of their fixed term, it is time to have a look at how flexible tenancies can be ended during … Read the full post

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Job Ad

Hopkin Murray Beskine

Vacancy – Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor

Hopkin Murray Beskine are looking for a paralegal to assist in our busy housing and public law teams. The appointment will be for a fixed term of one year, with a view to a training contract commencing after a year if performance meets expectations.

We are a long established North London firm with clients from across London, who come to us because of our expertise in family, housing and public law. We continue to run a thriving legal aid practice in all our areas of work.

We are looking for candidates with an interest in and enthusiasm for public law and housing work.

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