Category Archives: Various (non-housing)

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Housing Solicitor
£33,127 pa, plus excellent benefits

Closing date: 22 April 2014

We’re looking for an accomplished housing solicitor to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need.

If your experience of housing litigation includes issues such as homelessness, security of tenure and possession proceedings, consider a move to Shelter. We provide the ideal environment in which to use your expertise to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law.

Benefits include 30 days annual leave, the possibility of flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development.

Your key responsibilities:

• Provide professional legal advice and … Read the full post

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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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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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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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Article 8 and the Private Sector

In one sense, the possession claim in Manchester Ship Canal Developments v Persons Unknown [2014] EWHC  645  (Chfollows a fairly predictable course. The Defendants were a group of activists who had set up camp on Barton Moss Lane, Manchester, in protest at the drilling program being undertaken by a company, Igas Energy plc. The Claimants had granted Igas a licence to drill on the land nearby and the protest was intended to deter the controversial fracking process which the activists feared would ensue.

The Claimants sought their eviction from the land and the Defendants argued that their eviction would be a disproportionate interference with their rights under Articles … Read the full post

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Basically, we are all…

Associated Electrical Industries Ltd v Alstom UK [2014] EWHC 430 is the latest case to be handed down in the post Jackson/Mitchell dystopian legal world (see here, here and here for our other notes).

Andrew Smith J (who you may remember was one of the unlucky judges to be criticised by the Master of the Rolls in Mitchell for being too lenient) was required to consider whether to grant AEI retrospective permission to file its particulars of claim out of time.

AEI had brought a claim against Alstom. It was issued on 20 September 2013. They did not file their particulars of claim with the claim form. As such, … Read the full post

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