The mystery of the Minister’s many bits

There might be much to mock and/or weep at in the Housing and Planning Bill, but this afternoon reached a degree of the surreal, as the Bill returned to the House of Lords following the Govt vote in the Commons to reject all the Lords amendments. Shelter today released a report showing that, on the […]

You don’t know what you’re doing

January 5, 2016, sees the Housing and Planning Bill return to the House of Commons for the Report stage (if you want to read about how the Committee stage went, the excellent House of Commons library analysis is here and our comments are here). Now, as you’ll all remember, the Bill requires local authorities to […]

The law of unintended consequences (or, why everyone needs a housing lawyer)

As you might have noticed, the Housing and Planning Bill had its last day in Committee today in the House of Commons. It was the 15th and 16th (penultimate and final, respectively) sessions. Surely, you might think, this would be the fag-end of the Bill. What controversial material could still fall to be considered? If […]

Look inside Westminster

In which the Nearly Legal team gain exclusive access to a (highly) fictionalised account of one man’s inside view of legislation currently going through Parliament, insofar as it relates to housing *** Morley Peckwitch, Member of Parliament for Dunny-on-the-Wold, leaned against the bar in the Smoking Room. It was a little after 11pm on 2 […]

Trial judge and costs. Ooops.

I’ve heard about a few costs decisions by trial judges recently which might be considered, to put it politely, interesting, or brave, in the Yes Minister sense. So it was with some interest that I read the Court of Appeal decision in Begum v Birmingham City Council [2015] EWCA Civ 386. Mr Majid and Mrs Begum […]

End of days miscellany

No, I am not going to comment much on the ongoing, unravelling farce of the NHF ‘voluntary deal’ on housing association right to buy. Partly because nobody seems to have a clue what is going on and what it would actually mean – apparently including the NHF. But there is plenty else going on to […]

The way you Mackie me feel*

The latest episode in the ongoing saga of the unlawful moneylender Dharam Prakash Gopee [or sometimes Ghopee] has just been handed down. (To catch up with the extraordinary history of the predatory, unlawful secured lending of Mr Gopee’s many and various companies, the many possession proceedings and the complicated current court cases, see here, or […]

Wrong to RTB

I see that the Master of the Rolls has just issued a practice direction in respect of (what appears to be) many tens (if not hundreds?) of negligence claims arising out of RTB sales (see here). Reading between the lines, a firm called Tandem Law (see here) appear to have brought lots of claims for […]

A Less Beneficial Interest

Thompson v Hurst [2012] EWCA Civ 1752 This is a rather fact specific case which shows application of the principles of Stack v Dowden and Kernott v Jones. Our report on Kernott which covers the whole debate is here. Background H was the tenant of a local authority and had been since 1983. In 1985 […]

Glad To See Y’Back Again?

Gladysheva v Russia (App. No. 7097/10) Courtesy of the always excellent ECHR blog, comes an interesting Strasbourg decision, particularly in relation to the question of just satisfaction. It has, regrettably, taken me ages to write this up. Any students who have had to write essays about it in the meantime clearly have sadistic tutors. The […]