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 […]

Laying the foundations (2): RTB

Push the bad news out just before Christmas seems to be a pretty good rule of thumb.  Our previous post on the housing strategy, Laying the Foundations, led to a number of comments about the right to buy proposals in that document, which were all pretty vague.  Today, DCLG has published Reinvigorating the Right to […]

You’re ‘avin’ a giraffe

Francis v LB Southwark [2011] EWCA Civ 1418 This was a brave attempt to try and get something out a local authority’s mistaken denial of a right to buy application, but it was not one which the Court of Appeal had any truck with. Mr Francis was a tenant of the London Borough of Southwark. […]

Not quite a right to buy

Fineland Investments Ltd v Janice Vivien Pritchard [2011] EWHC 113 (Ch) From Lawtel. Not on BAILII yet. This is a slightly sad tale involving the exercise of right to buy by a council tenant. Ms Pritchard had entered into an agreement with Fineland whereby she would buy her council house at a discount using money […]