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Job ad – Slough (and Herts a bit)

Shelter Solicitor £37,485 pa depending on experience Fixed term until 30 September 2019 Slough, however please note this post will cover three Court Desk in Hertfordshire – Watford, St Albans and Hertford. Closing date: 17 February 2019 at 11.30 pm We’re looking for a qualified Solicitor with experience of handling a wide range of housing cases, […]

Possession and the PSED

In Powell v Dacorum BC (2019) EWCA Civ 29 and Forward v Aldwyck Housing Group Ltd (2019) EWHC 24 (QB), the question of the effect of the public sector equality duty under s. 149, Equality Act 2010, on possession proceedings where there had been drugs problems at the property was in issue.  They were different cases in that, although […]

Hillingdon’s 10 year rule (Again)

As a socio-legal academic, I just love it when a court has to deal with “the empirical evidence” (and, as an occasional qualitative researcher, also love it when quals are regarded as superior to quants).  In R(TW)(No 2) v Hillingdon LBC (2019) EWHC 157 (Admin), the question for Rowena Collins-Rice, sitting as a Deputy High Court […]

Tenure is not a medical matter

In Kannan v Newham LBC (2019) EWCA Civ 57, Lewison LJ once again (after Lomax – our note) has considered the effect of the public sector equality duty on a review, this time concerning suitability.  Mr Kannan and his household had lived in “temporary” accommodation for 2 1/2 years.  The flat was accessed by an external metal staircase […]

Alterations, disability and equality

Smailes & Poyner-Smailes v Clewer Court Residents Ltd, Cardiff County Court 30 January 2019 (Unreported but copy of judgment is here). Although only a County Court (Circuit Judge) decision, this is an interesting and potentially significant case on the application of Equality Act 2010 to leasehold covenants. Mr Smailes and Ms Poyner-Smailes bought a two […]

Job Ad – London and Brighton

Lawstop Solicitor An exciting opportunity has arisen for a solicitor with housing and/or community care experience to join our dynamic new legal aid practice based in London or Brighton, starting as soon as possible after interview. The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of community care and/or housing law and have experience in these […]

Job Ads. Southwark x2 , Plymouth

Cambridge House Law Centre Housing Solicitor Salary £33,000 to £38,000 per annum depending on experience Closing date – 1 March 2019 Cambridge House has been operating as a social action centre in South London for 130 years. We provide a range of social justice, education and inclusion, research and knowledge exchange and community hub services. […]

Do not put aside the set aside, or delay 6 months to seek relief

Gibbs v Lakeside Developments Ltd (2018) EWCA Civ 2874 Oh dear… Behind the key point in this case lies a history of unfortunate things. But what fell to be decided by the court of appeal is whether, in a leasehold forfeiture case, the lessee could succeed in a claim for unjust enrichment without setting aside the possession […]

Relevance and homelessness

Safi v Sandwell BC (2018) EWCA Civ 2876 can be regarded as a footnote of some significance in the factors which are relevant in determining whether a household is homeless for the purposes of s. 175, Housing Act 1996.  (And, as a footnote to that footnote, a point for the cognoscenti of review processes: it is interesting […]

Job Ad – Whitechapel

TV Edwards LLP SOCIAL WELFARE PARALEGAL – Part Time (21 hours) We are looking for a part time paralegal to support our housing, community care and public law solicitors based in our Whitechapel office. The role involves assisting with casework advice and litigation (covering homelessness, possession proceedings, disrepair, Court of Protection applications, and care planning); […]