Unsuccessful challenge to 52 weeks rule in Housing Benefit Regs

Obrey v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] EWCA Civ 1584 concerns an appeal against an Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) decision which set aside the findings of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support) that Reg. 7(17), Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, breached Art. 14 ECHR (although not expressly set out in […]

Failed claim for adverse possession

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a post on adverse possession so here is Smart v London Borough of Lambeth [2013] EWCA Civ 1375……..(*struggles to find Christmas link*). An oddity in this case is that Mr Smart, who was claiming adverse possession against Lambeth, had previously made a right to buy (RTB) application to them in […]

“Mere likelihood” not enough to engage section 149

Swan v Gill [2013] EWCA Civ 1566 apparently attracted quite a bit of attention at the HLPA conference this year, the  general consensus being that the Court of Appeal was wrong in its approach to s.149 Equality Act 2010 and I’m inclined to agree. Mr Gill, an assured tenant, had taken over the communal areas […]