Shared Ownership – Midland Heart with benefit of transcript

The earlier post on this shared ownership possession case, Richardson v Midland Heart Ltd, (November 2007 Birmingham) attracted a lot of comment, some of it excitable and ill-informed (and much of that from me). Nearly Legal now has a copy of the judgment, and the benefit of time and reflection to go on. Before we […]

Lack of ownership in shared ownership

[Edit 15/09/08. It now looks like the following judgment is a) being appealed shortly and b) may only have been a County Court judgment, not High Court – this latter point is not clear but reliable sources say County Court] [Edit 18/09/08.  In the comments to this post, a few people, mostly being me, were […]

Weaver un-appealed?

[Edit 16/09: We now have contrary information, also ‘authoritative’ in source, also unconfirmed, that the appeal is going ahead. So, until we have further info, your guess is as good as ours.] Thanks to Ethan at ‘That Snail..’ for passing on unconfirmed news (aka a rumour) that London & Quadrant have decided not to appeal […]

Alternative sites – the burden of proof

South Cambridgeshire District Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Ors [2008] EWCA Civ 1010 was an appeal of a High Court decision on Judicial Review of the decision of an Inspector in the appeal of a planning decision not to allow residential caravan siting for a family on a property […]

And the 23rd Claim…

As a tale of vexatious litigants, HM Attorney General v Ford & Anor [2008] EWHC 2066 (Admin) has it all. Mysterious changes of identity, admitted perjury, repeated applications for judicial review of refusals to give permission to appeal, and appeals of refusals, all resulting from a claim for leasehold enfranchisement by three leasehold tenants. Two […]

Pre-emptive possession orders

Secretary of State for the Environment Food & Rural Affairs v Meier & Ors [2008] EWCA Civ 903 was a case concerning travellers encamped on Forestry Commission land. Some of the travellers had previously camped on a nearby patch of Forestry Commission land until a possession order was obtained. The Forestry Commission (or rather the […]

ASB corner

The August 2008 Legal Action contains a couple of cases concerning anti-social behaviour possession claims that weren’t recorded elsewhere. Ealing LBC v Jama B5/08/0104 was a Court of Appeal matter. Mrs Jama was Ealing’s secure tenant of a two bed property. The household included her husband and six children. Ealing sought possession on allegations of […]

Notes on Doherty v Birmingham CC

So, Doherty (FC) (Appellant) and others v Birmingham City Council (Respondent) [2008] UK HL 57 Well, well, and once more for effect, well. This is a very interesting result indeed, although I use the word result in a non-definite kind of way. The headline is simple enough, the case was remitted to the High Court for […]


Started on Doherty, but on closer inspection, the Lords have also given me R (On The Application of M) (Fc) V Slough Borough Council and R (On The Application of Heffernan) (Fc) V The Rent Service to deal with, and possibly also Yeoman’s Row Management Limited and Another V Cobbe. All here. Damn them, damn, damn, damn. […]