Possession as a proportionate response

An appeal of a possession order, on grounds of disability discrimination and public law. Eales v Havering LBC (2018) QBD 13/07/2018 (extempore judgment, note on Lawtel) Ms E had a non-secure contractual tenancy from Havering. Havering had sought possession and an injunction banning Ms E from the property after what Ms E admitted were racially […]

Brave New World or Same Old Story

Pinnock v Manchester City Council [2010] UKSC 45 (Supreme Court pdf & BAILII links) Whenever a battle weary group of housing lawyers gets together, conversation inevitably turns (after the routine complaints about the less congenial DJs) to the thorny issue of which is the most important housing law case of all. While bizarre to the […]

Pinnock forthcoming…

It appears that the Supreme Court judgment in Manchester CC v Pinnock is due to be handed down on 3 November. Anticipation runs wild, particularly to see what the response, if any, is to Kay v UK.

Set-aside or Appeal?

Islington LBC v Cecil and Grace Markland, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court, 17/07/2010 The issue of whether a first hearing in a possession claim could be properly considered to be a trial came up in Forcelux Ltd v Binnie [2009] EWCA Civ 854 – our report here. The Court of Appeal held that, with possible […]

Kay v UK – A royale quarterpounder?

Introduction Sorry for the delay in getting this post up, the delay is partly due to work but, more importantly, we’ve been arguing between ourselves as to how best to deal with it. Frankly, we can’t agree on what the case actually means and what the possible effects are. So we’ve done this as a […]

“Responding to Human Rights Judgments”, or then again, not.

The latest Government response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights report 2009/10 has been released. The PDF of the response is available here. This is the response of the current Government and they make clear that it is to a report prepared under the previous government. But in terms of the actual response, I […]

Well, You Needn’t*

Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Housing Association Limited (Poplar Harca) v Stephen Howe [2010] EWHC 1745 (QB) When we reported on Lana Wilson v London Borough of Harrow [2010] EWHC 1574 (QB) two weeks ago, we noted that another application for permission to appeal on the issue of the rule in LB of Hammersmith and […]

Delays, Public Law Defences and Suspended Orders

London Borough of Brent v Corcoran & Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 774 While we wait for the Supreme Court decision in Pinnock, which was heard last week, it seems that the Court of Appeal is determined to set practical limits on the operation of the public law defence. In this case, Corcoran and O’Donnell – […]

Oh Brave New World

Eastland Homes Partnership Limited v Sandra Whyte 2010 EWHC 695 (QB) Following Weaver v L&Q and McIntyre v Gentoo, here is a clear indication of the brave new world of public law in which RSLs (sorry, PRHPs) find themselves. It is also an interesting and useful example of a public law defence (gateway b) in […]

Continued incompatibility

Readers with a long memory (relative to the general standards of the 21st century) will recall that there was a finding in Connors v UK (2004) that the law that meant that travellers on Local Authority sites could be evicted without the court overseeing procedural safeguards was declared to be in breach of the European […]