Children Act and Housing – (not) joining the dots.

J and L, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Hillingdon (2017) EWHC 3411 (Admin) This is a very interesting judicial review, concerning the interrelation of a council’s housing duties under Part 6 and Part 7 Housing Act 1996 and duties to children under s.17 Children Act 1989. The brief factual background, taken from […]

Questions and Answers

O, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Lambeth [2016] EWHC 937 (Admin) A judicial review of a decision on a s.17 Children Act 1989 assessment of a homeless, non-eligible family. The issues were the extent of investigations required, and legitimate conclusions to be drawn from a lack of information provided. The claim […]

From ‘pillar to post’

In a judgment of undisguised anger, Cobb J described the conduct of LB Tower Hamlets and LB Havering as “shameful” in the way in which they treated AM and his family.  I haven’t come across Cobb J before but his judgment in AM v Tower Hamlets LBC and Havering LBC [2015] EWHC 1004 (Admin) is just […]

“Every possible obstacle…”

As will be clear,  P (A Child: Use of S.20 CA 1989) [2014] EWFC 775 is a family law case, but one which crosses with housing law. My suggestion is that it sadly shows that Family lawyers, and indeed Family judges really need housing lawyers with them at all times. It also illustrates the sheer lengths […]

Deciding without a decision

R (on the application of PK) v Harrow LBC (2014) QBD Admin 30 January 2014 [Lawtel note, no transcript yet] This judicial review is possibly one for the ‘what were they thinking?’ pile. The Claimants were the children of M. The family was street homeless and destitute following eviction. It appears that Harrow had decided […]

On families, powers and duties to accommodate

R (on the application of MK) v Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council [2013] EWHC 3486 (Admin) [Judgment on Lexis, not on Bailii yet] A judicial review raising the extent of a Council’s duties and powers under s.17 Children Act 1989 and s.1 Localism Act 2011 (the general power of competence) in providing housing for someone […]

On the Naughty Step – The tale of the kid in a tent

Courtesy of the Local Government Ombudsman and Shelter, we have joint and several occupants of the naughty step. Welcome to the Step to Kent County Council and Dover District Council. (I know that some of you read NL) The full and frankly shameful story is set out in this LGO report [link to pdf] and […]

Only Connect

TG, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Lambeth (Shelter Intervening) [2011] EWCA Civ 526 The disconnection between Local Authority Social Services and housing departments has been a frequent topic here and in the courts, not least in the House of Lords decisions in R (G) v Southwark LBC [2009] UKHL 26 and […]


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) […]

Fake ID and ‘Just for Men’: High Ct Judges play ‘guess my age’

I suspect that – at some stage – many readers of this blog will have pretended to be older than they actually are, usually to obtain alcohol or to get into night-clubs for the purposes of obtaining more alcohol/meeting the opposite (or same) sex with the hope (often unfulfilled) of nookie. Oh the joys of […]