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Misrepresenting law on squatting: Draft letter


Things have moved on about the idea of a letter from housing lawyers. A letter has been prepared for housing lawyers and law academics to sign and arrangements are under way for getting it publicity. I’m sending the text of the letter to everyone who contacted me about potentially signing up, so if you did, you should get it shortly.

Anyone else (lawyers and law academics) who would consider signing a letter protesting the misrepresentation of the current law of trespass on the issue of squatting by newspapers and Ministers, please email me at so that I can send you the text of the letter.

More on this as it develops. In the meantime, the Guardian has a piece by a Squash activist on the topic, although the article misses some of the more egregious misrepresentations.

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. NL

    Just a quick update to say numbers are going very well and with a bit of luck and a following wind, we should get 80 to 100 lawyers/academics signed up. That would be a pretty impressive indicator of the level of people’s annoyance on the issue.

    • NL

      Update to the update. We did rather better than 80-100. As of this moment (Friday lunchtime), there are 160 signatories, all solicitors/barristers/academics (and HLPA signing as an organisation).

      The letter should be going out this weekend/beginning of next week. There are irons in the fire on publicity.

      Any news on news will be on the blog.

  2. Ask A Criminal Solicitor

    It appears their is a small mistake in writing housing lawyers as housing ‘layers’ in your blog post.

    BTW my best wishes for your social welfare initiative / campaign.

    • NL

      Why is it that a complaint about a spelling error is obliged to contain one of its own? ‘Their’ is no explanation other than divine justice.

      Still, while the blog might be written with love, we never pretended to proof-read with care, as should be all too evident.

      By the way, I’ve stripped the link to your website out of your comment, as we don’t allow comments which are simply advertising or for SEO purposes.

      And it isn’t a social welfare initiative or indeed campaign.

      Other than that, welcome to NL.


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