A Cautionary Note to Legal Aid Practitioners under a Housing Contract: Possession Cases

For a matter to be within scope for Legal Aid, provision for it must be made under Schedule 1 of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/10/schedule/1). In respect of housing, and specifically in respect of the loss of home criteria, Paragraph 33(1) lays down as in scope: … Continue reading A Cautionary Note to Legal Aid Practitioners under a Housing Contract: Possession Cases

Domestic Abuse, Loss of Home, and the Standard Civil Contract

This post isn’t going to attempt to discuss all facets of this subject, but only one very specific issue. I hope to write further posts about some of the other facets that are legally engaging, but I shall leave that for another evening. I have been running a case recently that has led me to … Continue reading Domestic Abuse, Loss of Home, and the Standard Civil Contract

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (and LHA Rates)

I recently attended an evening talk at Doughty Street Chambers (https://www.doughtystreet.co.uk/) on the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. It was a very useful talk given by some very experienced barristers. The Doughty Street team began by explaining that the purpose of the Homelessness Reduction Act was, in part at least, to save the Government money. It … Continue reading The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (and LHA Rates)