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What’s another year*


Astoundingly, the blog is now 8 years old. Apart from being generally glad that I’m still going, and that the blog is too, I’m genuinely not sure what I think about that. Put as bluntly as that, it seems like a long time.

Still, here we are, some 1779 posts, 2,692 comments and 1,973,107 views later.

I have no idea how many words have been typed. I suspect the answer is somewhere in between ‘a long 19th Century novel, possibly a Russian one‘ and ‘a large part of your life right there‘.

(*Any relation to Ireland’s lachrymose triumph in the Eurovision song contest in 1980 is purely accidental. Though it might feel rather more like this version.)

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. Catherine Rowlands

    You are to be congratulated for providing a much needed resource and raising the profile of housing law as a discrete discipline of law. Keep it up!

  2. Penny

    Happy Birthday to you! Your posts almost make wish I wasn’t thrown off a law course. All the best, and keep up the good work.

  3. Paul

    Well Giles,
    Apart from providing someone like me who is not a member of the legal profession (I’m an ex Squaddie) with a facinating insight into law (housing in particular) and how, it seems to me, common sense rarely prevails in most cases, this blog certainly helped me win my battle against a bullying Landlord who thought he was above the law simply because he was a Magistrate. I remain a member some two years later and coninue to enjoy reading (and sometimes understanding!) the post’s. I hope to complete my book: “I cant believe these are real court case judgements” shortly (When I can think of a better title!) So thanks Giles.

  4. chris lowry

    Well done Giles….you have been responsible for producing a blog which is used by Judges and is viewed as Authority in some quarters! Invaluable any adviser/solicitor worth his or her salt checks this daily. Keep going please!

  5. These Boots

    I was worried the Johnny Logan link was going to be Hold Me Now, which YouTube, rather inexplicably, has a version with scenes from The Thornbirds… happy anniversary :-) keep on keeping on

  6. William Flack

    Happy Birthday! Congratulations and thanks for all the work you have put in over the years. This blog has been an incredibly valuable resource for housing lawyers like me .

  7. Robert Latham

    Congratulations to Nearly Legal on your 8th birthday. As someone no longer in full time practice, but with the occasional judgment to write, Nearly Legal remains as relevant as ever.
    Earlier this week you referred to Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. Rossini described the Ring as having “good moments, but awful quarters of an hour”. The same could not be said of Nearly Legal!

  8. Paul Hinchliffe

    Have to agree with Chris Lowry, we have a specific inbox sub folder for nearly legal updates! Fantastic resource

  9. Giles Peaker

    Thanks all. We’ll keep on. Just that 8 years suddenly sounded like a long time..

  10. Lee Georgiou

    I visit daily and feel that it is an incredibly valuable, interesting and often amusing resource. Big thanks to Giles and the rest of the NL team.


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