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Why outdated divorce law need to change?

Teena Dhanota-Jones

Posted by Teena Dhanota-Jones | Partner
On 18th May 2018

Yesterday, the matter of Owen v Owen [2017] EWCA Civ 182 was heard before the Supreme Court.

Mrs Owen issued a divorce petition citing that the marriage had irretrievably broken down on the ground “that the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent”. The current procedure for divorce, includes a section entitled “statement of case”. In this section the party issuing the petition must detail why he/she cannot live with their spouse. Mrs Owen detailed the following:

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What is considered legally homeless?

Siddiq Fazaluddin

Posted by Siddiq Fazaluddin | Senior Associate
On 18th May 2018

Published on 12th April 2018, the annual Homeless Monitor considers homelessness across England. It also takes note of how the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (in force from 3rd April 2018) has been respected for emphasising the need for more support for single people and the need for further homelessness prevention measures.

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What is a litigant in person and what are the latest developments?

Brenel Menezes

Posted by Brenel Menezes | Solicitor
On 14th May 2018

A litigant in person is an individual, company or organisation who makes a claim without legal representation from a solicitor or barrister.

More recently there have been important developments which should be taken into account before going down this route. One of the most fundamental changes is from the recent cases of Barton v Wright Hassall and Reynard v Fox. Both of these cases have shown that litigants in person (“LiP”) cannot be given “special dispensation” when interpreting the court rules and cannot expect “the law to bend to suit their circumstances”. There has, in the past, in some cases been some leniency for LiP’s as they were not legally trained and would not be expected to know the law.

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Licensing of HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation)

Adem Esen

Posted by Adem Esen | Solicitor
On 14th May 2018

The House in Multiple Occupation (“HMO”) licensing and planning regimes often spring a nasty surprise on unsuspecting landlords, placing them at risk of hefty fines for breaking the rules.

With the law soon to change, and to place demands on even more landlords, this blog post sets out the current and future HMO regulatory landscape.

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What is a periodic tenancy?

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 11th May 2018

A periodic tenancy is where the original fixed term has expired but the parties continue on the same basis, or a rolling contract without a fixed term (e.g. monthly)
Is this the same tenancy or a new grant…

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