Rooting out heresy

This is a post about the consultation provisions in ss.20, 20ZA, Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, applicable in respect of service chargeable costs. If you’re not interested in long leasehold law (which, looking at the site stats for most popular pages, is most of you), then look away now. On Friday, the Court of Appeal […]

Child 'requires accommodation'

R (G) v Southwark [2009] UKHL 26 was the appeal to the House of Lords of this Court of Appeal judgment. At issue was whether Southwark could effectively avoid its s.20 Children Act duty to accommodate a homeless child by referral to the Housing Department by way of application under Part VII Housing Act 1996. […]

How not to carry out a child in need assessment

R (MM) v LB of Lewisham [2009] EWHC 416 (Admin) Slapped wrists all round for Lewisham’s Children’s Social Care Services in another Children Act 1989 “child in need” case, but in this case the issue was not whether the claimant was a child, but whether she was “in need”. In July 2007 the claimant, then […]

How to get round the s.17/s.20 debate.

The housing/social services relationship is one of the “hot topics” in housing law at the moment and, before we come to R (on the application of A) v Coventry City Council [2009] EWHC 34 (Admin), a bit of background is needed. A bit of background There are two principle sections in the Children Act 1989 […]

Avoiding s.20 duties to children?

I am strangely and unaccountably late with this one – I can only presume it was released late by Bailii and it was August anyway. But finally, here is R(M) v Barnet LBC [2008] EWHC 2354 (Admin), a judicial review on a decision to assist a 17 year old under s.17 Children Act 1989, rather […]


there are quite a few cases to cover. Ahmad, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Newham [2008] EWCA Civ 140  on determining priority in allocation schemes. G, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Southwark [2007] EWCA Civ 1506  on accommodation under s.20 Children Act 1989. London Borough of Lambeth […]