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Brixton Advice Centre

Who We Are:

Brixton Advice Centre provides free, independent legal advice in debt and housing matters to the residents of Lambeth and the surrounding boroughs. Particularly we deal with people facing unmanageable debt, eviction, homelessness, possession proceedings or serious disrepair. We also provide generalist, one-off advice and support in welfare benefits, debt and family issues.

We are partly-funded by the Local Authority and various other charitable projects and we have a Legal Aid contract and Specialist Quality Mark for housing matters. We also have outreach projects at Brixton Prison and at Brixton and Vauxhall Foodbanks.

We are open to the public Monday-Thursday 10am – 4pm and offer … Read the full post

My Left Shin

In years to come, we may all wonder what all the fuss was about, but Tuesday’s judgement in R (Public Law Project) v the Secretary of State for Justice  has provided some relief and not a little amusement to legal aid practitioners girding themselves for yet another grim landmark in the legal aid story: the residence test.

The test, to recap, is intended to exclude from a number of publicly funded services (including housing) those individuals who are not lawfully resident in the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory and have not at any time been lawfully resident for a period of 12 consecutive … Read the full post

Mitchell-Game, Set and Match?

The eagerly awaited Court of Appeal judgement in Denton & others v TH White Ltd & others was handed down on Friday. Dyson LJ provides a careful methodology on the approach to applications for relief from sanctions under CPR 3.9, with the aim to set to rights the fall-out from the landmark decision of Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd (our note here).

There is now a 3 stage process for such applications. The first question to be asked is whether the breach of the rule, practice direction or court order leading to the sanction was ‘serious or significant.’ This replaces the ‘trivial’ criterion at para.40 of Mitchell, the … Read the full post

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Brent Community Law Centre

1) Housing Solicitor

Fixed Term 2 year contract
Full-time (The Law Centre will however attempt to accommodate part time/job share candidates)
Salary: £32,606 per annum
30 days annual leave + 3 over Xmas/NY + Bank Holidays
Pension scheme

Brent Community Law Centre provides quality legal advice and representation in housing law, and a generalist telephone legal advice line. We have a small but effective Housing team with a varied caseload.

We are seeking to appoint a Housing Solicitor on a 2 year contract, to carry out a range of housing law advice and representation, including public law challenges. The position may result in a permanent post, … Read the full post

Ebooks! (Maybe)

I’ve been playing around with the idea of turning some of the NL archive into ebooks, so that they are available offline. In fact I’ve been playing around with ways of doing this.

Unfortunately, after considerable installing and uninstalling, tweaking and cursing, it turns out that there is no simple but effective solution to doing this, or if it did work in the way I wanted, it resulted in some very ugly output. The closest solution I have found is still far from perfect in that the supposed choice of fonts for PDFs doesn’t work and so far it won’t add the author and publication date to each post.

So, … Read the full post

Declining gracefully

In honour of our 8 year anniversary, and in the temporary absence of any interesting case law, I am considering commissioning a suitable bas-relief. The classicist in me fancies something like this:

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Because this is more or less exactly how I knock out a blog post. Apart from the child holding up the Macbook, and the artfully curled and piled hair, and the dress, and the gender, and the air of calm repose. But apart from that, exactly.

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What’s another year*

Astoundingly, the blog is now 8 years old. Apart from being generally glad that I’m still going, and that the blog is too, I’m genuinely not sure what I think about that. Put as bluntly as that, it seems like a long time.

Still, here we are, some 1779 posts, 2,692 comments and 1,973,107 views later.

I have no idea how many words have been typed. I suspect the answer is somewhere in between ‘a long 19th Century novel, possibly a Russian one‘ and ‘a large part of your life right there‘.

(*Any relation to Ireland’s lachrymose triumph in the Eurovision song contest in 1980 is … Read the full post

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Greenwich Housing Rights – Advice Team Leader

Greenwich Housing Rights is one of the leading housing advice providers in SE London. We are transforming our services to cater for increasing demand and require someone with the dynamism to shape our services and ensure our advisers and volunteers reach their potential. As part of the Staff Management Team you’ll take a leading role in developing our initial advice and duty representation services and training and supporting our volunteer advisers.

Experience of providing publicly-funded housing advice, implementing service improvement and managing staff is essential. Candidates should also have experience of county court advocacy and training provision.

We are offering a 12-month … Read the full post