Holding down sweet charity

Zafar v Goddard, Bristol County Court, 13 December 2010 Word reaches us from the West Country of a not uninteresting case heard in Bristol County Court before Christmas. Although we haven’t seen a transcript, we have been provide with an unapproved note of the judgment of DDJ Batstone. The case came before the DDJ as […]


R (FZ) v LB Croydon [2011] EWCA Civ 59 -or- Not In My Admin Court We have written before about age assessments for those who might be under 18 – see most recently our post on R (CJ) v Cardiff CC and, prior to that, our post on the Supreme Court decision in R (A) […]

Brave New World or Same Old Story

Pinnock v Manchester City Council [2010] UKSC 45 (Supreme Court pdf & BAILII links) Whenever a battle weary group of housing lawyers gets together, conversation inevitably turns (after the routine complaints about the less congenial DJs) to the thorny issue of which is the most important housing law case of all. While bizarre to the […]

Equality Act 2010

I’m going to level with you, dear reader(s), I’m a bit late with this one. In my defence, I point to the fact that the Act as printed is around 250 pages long, consisting of 218 sections and 28 schedules. The explanatory notes run to over 160 pages. There is then a further 650 pages […]

No room for ravers

Oluić v Croatia (application no. 61260/08) is a decision of the First Section of the European Court of Human Rights demonstrating, if further evidence were needed, that Croatia, housing and article 8 just don’t get along all that well. Mrs Oluić complained that noise from a bar operating in a part of the house that […]

Shake your windows

Craighead v Homes for Islington & LB Islington [2010] UKUT 47 (LC) is a decision of Andrew Trott in the Upper Tribunal on an appeal from the LVT. 21 leaseholders faced bills of £30-40,000 for service charges between 2006 and 2008 relating to “external repairs & decoration, window/roof renewal”. Given the size of the bills […]

Each had a wooden horse

R (A) v Croydon & R (M) v Lambeth UKSC [2009] 8 This was an appeal heard by the House of Lords over the course of four days in July, but with judgment delivered by the new Supreme Court.  We reported the Court of Appeal’s judgment here.  At issue was to what extent the courts could […]

Child in Need, Indeed

The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the case of R (A) v Croydon and R (M) v Lambeth [2009] UKSC 8.  This is an important decision about the duty of LAs under s.20(1) of the Children Act 1989 to “provide accommodation for any child in need within their area”.  We will look at […]

Deep (Equality) Impact

R (Domb) v Hammersmith and Fulham [2009] EWCA Civ 941 This is somewhat off our usual turf here at Nearly Legal, but should be of interest to anyone involved in public law challenges. This case involved a challenge to a decision by Hammersmith and Fulham to start charging (or more accurately, recommence charging) for home […]

Changing Horses Midstream

Konodyba v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea [2009] EWCA Civ 890 was an appeal against a decision that Dr Konodyba was not entitled to housing assistance as she was subject to immigration control. It turned out to be a cautionary tale about getting rid of your legal advisers at the last minute in order […]