Webb v Wandsworth LBC – Take 2

We first noted Webb v LB Wandsworth [2008] EWCA Civ 1643 in November 2008 when it was discussed in an Arden Chambers eflash. Earlier this week, the transcript was finally released. Slightly later this week, it was corrected so as to make sense. Thus, 9 months after the decision, we can finally tell you what […]

Costs on conceded appeals

We had noted City of Westminster v Man [2009] EWCA Civ 236 when it was a permission to appeal hearing. Just a bit late, we have found the outcome. The issue was whether an interim costs order, on an application I think, was payable where proceedings as a whole had been stayed under a Tomlin […]

"Something of a mess"

We first noted Defence Estates v L and another [2009] EWHC 1049 (Admin) a few weeks ago and now the transcript is available. The history L was married to an army officer. He was a violent alcoholic who abused both his wife and their daughters. In 1989 he resigned following a court martial which found […]


It’s not that we’ve stopped posting lately, it’s just that there has been nothing to write about. There is lots to come – Weaver v L&Q in the Court of Appeal, Moran v Manchester, Aweys v Birmingham in the Lords (all heard, I believe, and judgments awaited); and the probably imminent but yet to be […]

Harvey v Bamforth – now with the benefit of a transcript

Harvey v Bamforth 8PA13344, HHJ Bullimore, Sheffield County Court, 8 Aug 2008 When we first commented on this case (here) we provoked quite a response. Thanks to to Mr Jones of Bury Walkers (who acted for Ms Harvey) we have now been provied with a transcript of the judgment. So – here is what it […]

A shameless plug: HLPA Conference 10 Dec 2008

The Housing Law Practitioners’ Association annual conference is being held on the 10th December 2008 at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London. Those of you who subscribe to Legal Action should already have had your application forms, but, for everyone else, details can be found here. The speakers include: Rabinder Singh QC on equality […]

Comments on Malcolm in the Lords

Oh dear, oh dear. That could have gone better. I’m not going to go into great detail on the five separate judgments from the House of Lords in LB Lewisham v Malcolm [2008] UKHL 43, but I do want to look at where it leaves us and what the problems are with the judgments. The […]

Children Act – housing and education

C, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Lambeth [2008] EWHC 1230 (Admin) is, in the end, mainly concerned with education, but there is quite a bit of interest to housing people. The issue was the duties owed to the Claimant under s.23 and s.24 Children Act 1989. The Claimant had been in […]

HB as rent for RTB

Hanoman v London Borough of Southwark [2008] EWCA Civ 624 Where a local authority landlord has failed to respond to a tenant’s notice in time under the Right to Buy procedure, the tenant can serve an ‘operative notice of delay’ under s.153A(5) Housing Act 1985. The effect of this notice is that the landlord must deduct from the […]

Liability for mesne profits

Jones v London Borough of Merton [2008] EWCA Civ 660 addresses whether a tolerated trespasser’s liability to pay mesne profits ends when they leave the property or when they notify the former landlord that they have left. Ordinary trespassers are only liable for mesne profits for the period of actual occupation of a property. Merton submitted […]