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Job Ad – Bristol

Avon & Bristol Law Centre is seeking a Paralegal (part time) We are looking to recruit a new staff member to join the Law Centre who is able to provide paralegal casework support to our Housing Team (maternity cover) and in the long term to our Immigration & Asylum Team. We will consider applicants who […]

More vulnerability

Rother DC v Freeman-Loach [2018] EWCA Civ 368 is the latest installment on the interpretation of vulnerability for the purposes of homelessness law, with a sting in the tail about s 204A appeals.  Mr Freeman-Loach suffered from ostoarthritis, anxiety and depression, and, following a couple of strokes (the last in 2013), a speech impediment and […]

On a Housing Court and (not) making things simpler.

A specialist Housing Court is in the air. Sajid Javid, Minister for Housing. Communities and Local Government, has repeatedly mentioned ‘discussions’ with the judiciary on a housing court, ever since the last Tory conference in October. There has been no mention of any progress – and surely progress would have to involve the MoJ, not […]

How late it was, how late

On the death of a tenant (without successor, if there is a possible succession) section 18 Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1994 provides: “Notices affecting land: service on personal representatives before filing of grant. (1) A notice affecting land which would have been authorised or required to be served on a person but for his […]

Bits and pieces

Yes, I know we still need to write up Rother District Council v Freeman-Roach (2018) EWCA Civ 368 on the approach to ‘significantly more vulnerable’ in homeless review decisions, and we will, we will. And there are other cases too. I also want to write something on the ‘housing court’ idea that is floating around. But […]

Job ads – Wandsworth, South London

Youth Legal  – Community Care Solicitor with housing experience A position has opened for a Community Care Consultant Solicitor with housing experience to enhance and expand the community care and housing work presently undertaken.  This is a unique opportunity for someone wishing to work independently in a self-employed position with your own client base and/or […]

Possession and section 11, Children Act 2004

In Davies v Hertfordshire CC [2018] EWCA Civ 379, the Court of Appeal addressed the question of the relevance of s 11, Children Act 2004 on a mandatory possession claim brought by Herts against Mr Davies, a former school caretaker living in tied accommodation with his wife and four children.  Herts claimed mandatory possession on service […]

Promises, promises: Estoppel in the West Country

As we University academics are currently on strike (pension cuts – see today’s report and this Guardian article), I can catch up on a little blogging as a form of “teaching out”.  While Bristol Combined Court was flooded, HHJ Matthews, an academic judge, heard and gave judgment (at the Rolls Building) in two proprietary estoppel […]

Job Ads: W London, C London, Newcastle, Norwich

Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre Trainee Solicitor Vacancy This is an exciting opportunity to join Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre. We are a well-established law centre providing free specialist legal advice and representation for our local community in principally in social welfare law with a particular focus on housing, immigration and asylum law. There may […]