Subletting and defamation – a novel approach

There is a queue of significant and serious cases waiting to be written up. For time and personal reasons, this may not happen for a while. Instead, here is an insignificant case of no wider importance, but possibly some entertainment value. Howell v South London Church Fund & Southwark Diocesan Board of Finance (2017) QBD […]

Deposits, dog hairs, doors and defamation

Owens & Anor v Grose & Anor [2015] EWHC 839 (QB) As if tenancy deposits weren’t complicated enough, now we can add libel claims to the consequences of a heated deposit dispute. It turns out that sending potentially libellous accusations to the deposit scheme adjudication service is possibly covered by qualified privilege. Mr & Mrs Grose […]

Defamation again: Mrs Clift wins in the Court of Appeal

Last year I blogged about Mrs Clift winning a claim for defamation against Slough Borough Council. The facts are in the earlier post. Slough’s appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeal in Clift v Slough Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1171. While the point in issue was whether Slough could rely on a defence […]

On the naughty step

For this Naughty Step, we’re going trans-atlantic. A warm welcome to the Step for Horizon Group Management, a property owner/management firm from Chicago. Horizon cannot be said to lack a pioneering spirit (or, as we shall see, a snappy way with a soundbite, catastrophically counter-productive, but snappy). For Horizon are the first firm to bring […]

Defamation and anti-social behaviour

Clift v Slough Borough Council [2009] EWHC 1550 considers the extent to which a local authority has an interest or duty to pass on allegations about anti-social behaviour to its employees and contractors for the purposes of the defence of qualified to a claim for defamation. It is also an example of the all too […]

Gentoo in the news (again)

Gentoo Group Ltd and Peter Walls v Hanratty [2008] EWHC 2328 (QB) is the latest case in the unfortunate saga which comes from the LSVT of Sunderland’s entire housing stock to Sunderland HA, now known as Gentoo. When Gentoo took the housing stock, they did so in the knowledge that it was in substantial need […]