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Just passing


I have been and remain extremely busy, but thankfully there has been nothing of significance to post about. I’m toying with a summary of the fascinating and now very, very lengthy comment thread on the Malcolm post, but that too will have to wait.

While I am here, may I just say that probably the last place I anticipated jaw-dropping procedural topsy-turvydom in a hearing was the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. A long story that I can’t actually tell here, but damn, that was like Alice in tribunal-land. Or I am being naive?

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.


  1. Usefully Employed

    I also have been too busy to give Malcolm my full attention, for it’s almost as important to employment as it is to housing. Sixty-page House of Lords judgments are tough stuff for the spare time however…

  2. Francis Davey

    Well, procedural topsy-turveydom in an LVT does not surprise me very much I’m afraid. I remember brainstorming the rules when they came out and trying to anticipate any problems that might arise (I was briefly doing a summer job in the tribunal at the time). I’ve certainly encountered some interesting situations.

  3. J

    procedural topsy-turveydom is the norm for the LVT… and if (or is that when?) the LVT becomes the housing court, everyone will come to realise this :-)

  4. Nearly Legal

    I swear they were making it up as they went along. It had everything from advocates giving evidence in the middle of crossing a witness to demands for the production of documents that just happened to be privileged. And all that was just for an amuse-bouche.

  5. Ethan

    Did they at least serve some nice wine with them?? lol

  6. Nearly Legal

    @Ethan: You have no idea how fervently I wished they did.


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