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Road rage.

I was at Court the other day, waiting (and waiting and waiting) for a directions hearing. (always beg to be listed or at least called before the family cases). It was a possession day, so the place was crowded. In strutted/waddled two men, one older, with fresh scabbing on the long scars on his face, […]

Spleen 1

Thanks to Tessa Shepperson for noticing this in yesterday’s Times. Granted I haven’t read any more of the report than this. Who knows, it may even have some interesting and useful insights or information to offer. But it seems unlikely. I’m not at all surprised that the Smith Institute is capable of drawing highly suspect […]

Tolerated trespassers: A Luta Continua

As previously pointed out, it was never going to be easy dealing with the great host of tolerated trespassers left in the wake of Harlow v Hall. But the variation in local authority policy in regard to their TTs is immense. Some authorities more or less continue as if the tenancy still existed. Other authorities […]

Know your usher.

Off to court tomorrow, standing in for a colleague. I’m quite looking forward to it. I haven’t been for a few weeks as all my cases are on adjournment. An inner city County Court on a busy list day, a local authority possession day for instance, might seem like an odd thing to enjoy, given […]

Oh, for pity's sake

Vera Baird says she was wrong to say that judges are liberal wusses. Attorney General says ‘ok that’s all right then and some sentences are too lenient’. Who knew the bench would snap back? Meanwhile, the prisons will be as full as a commuter train in 12 weeks time. After a fortnight of intense political […]

Tolerated Trespassers – the aftermath

[Edit. As it turned out, this was part 1 of a continuing series. See the bottom of the post] Little of this is likely to come as a surprise to anyone involved in housing law, but the after effects of Harlow DC v Hall [2006] EWCA Civ 156 rumble on. It is worth examining not […]

Sally Field

Nick Holmes at Binary Law has blogged me. Blimey. “Looks like it could be a good one “. No pressure then. I’m surprised, but then again, I suppose that there aren’t so many UK legal blogs to enable a new one to be overlooked. I’m going to save more considered comments on lawyer’s blogs for […]

EU Citizen and Homeless?

There was briefly a loophole. If, somehow, an EU citizen in England was on Income Support and became homeless, there was a way they could be eligible for housing assistance from local authorities under the Homelessness (England) Regulations 2000, because they were subject to immigration control as non-workseekers, oddly enough. I was looking after a […]

1. Vendemiaire Part 1. Wither Legal Aid?

First day of the new regime, as the firm where I worked is absorbed into another larger firm. All the usual issues over supervision, disbursements, etc., etc.. All the necessary adaptions to working practice, culture of firm etc., etc.. But beyond that, the whole takeover represents a more serious symptom of what is happening to the sector that does publicly funded work, particularly for civil legal aid.