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First they came for our county courts…

Sebastian Del Monte

Posted by Sebastian Del Monte | Trainee
On 3rd April 2017

On 16th March 2017, the government consultation to reform the Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes came to a close.

1. The scheme

The scheme allows tenants facing eviction to receive free advice and representation on the day of their possession hearing. Solicitors, in exchange, get £84 per case and the chance of building a professional relationship which will occasionally generate more work and business for the firm, albeit almost always on legal aid rates.

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The UK’s homelessness cycle

Siddiq Fazaluddin

Posted by Siddiq Fazaluddin | Associate
On 8th March 2017

Recent statistics revealed that more than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets, a 16% increase on last year.

The figures are fuelled by cash-strapped local authorities whose modus operandi is to find different ways in which to deny their duty of care wherever possible.

A homeless person typically falls into one of three categories:

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Boys don’t cry

Jack Williams

Posted by Jack Williams | Paralegal
On 6th March 2017

There is no doubt that awareness must be raised about the rise in domestic violence reports made in the UK, but it is often forgotten that it is not only women that are affected by this traumatic experience. In a recent report released by the “Office for National Statistics”, it has become apparent that there has been an 80% increase in the number of domestic violence reports made by male victims to the Metropolitan police.

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