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Making selective landlord licensing really ‘selective’

Selective landlord licensing schemes were first introduced in April 2006 through the Housing Act 2004. The reasoning behind the scheme was to raise the standard of living for tenants in…

April 22, 2015

The pitfalls of dying without a will

A prominent illustration of the dangers of dying without making a will has been made by Rik Mayall recently. His estate is estimated to be about £1.2 million. He died…

April 20, 2015

Cohabitation and ownership of property

Cohabitation and co-ownership has many facets – it covers unmarried couples (heterosexual and homosexual), friends, and families who for social, cultural, convenience, or financial reasons have decided to live and/or…

April 16, 2015

Irregularities and failures in prosecutions: identifying where a client is entitled to civil redress

Criminal solicitors often see clients who have been subject to serious failures or abuses of power by police or the CPS following arrest or during a prosecution, or whom they…

April 13, 2015

Hillsborough, accountability and the police

After more than a quarter of a century of fighting to establish the truth, on 17 March 2015 family members of the 96 people who died at the Hillsborough football…

April 10, 2015
  • contract-disputes

Service charges: what does a tenant have to pay?

The question as to exactly what a landlord can recover in respect of a service charge is often a problem for tenants who receive demands for payment that they consider…

April 2, 2015

Balancing police duties with the right to liberty

Everyone has a right to liberty, the right not to be detained against their will. There are exceptions to this right, the most commonly used being the right of the…

March 23, 2015

Court of Appeal to decide whether public funding should be available to bring claims for unlawful imprisonment

In what will undoubtedly be a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal is to rule on a person’s right to hold the state to account for the deprivation of their…

March 17, 2015

The police and the retention of personal data

On 4 March 2015 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in two linked appeals concerning the police’s retention of personal data in the case of R (Catt) v Commissioner of…

March 9, 2015

The truth about Personal Injury law

It is all too common to hear stories of how the no win no fee system has stifled growth and innovation in the UK. ‘No win no fee’ was introduced…

March 6, 2015

Court fee reforms: a vital battleground in the protection of fundamental rights

Getting hot and bothered about court fees is not what drives civil liberties lawyers to represent victims in human rights cases. The details of fees, from the initial payment to…

March 4, 2015

Celebrating the Magna Carta with a Global Law Summit

Despite the criticism and despite the protests, the Government’s Global Law Summit rumbles on, marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a three day legal feast. The meeting…

February 24, 2015
  • human-rights

Human Rights Act remains crucial in holding police to account

A recent Supreme Court decision confirms that the Human Rights Act continues to be the only legal tool to hold the police to account for failure to protect victims from…

February 18, 2015

The right to protest in Parliament Square

This weekend the Occupy movement plans to once again demonstrate in Parliament Square under the banner “Equality and Representation”. The demonstration is part of the movement’s plan to demonstrate in…

February 11, 2015

Protests and the misuse of bail conditions

Over the past few years civil liberties lawyers and campaign groups have seen a growing number of demonstrations where police have made mass arrests of protesters. These protesters are then…

February 4, 2015

The flaws in the ‘Innocence Test’

It may come as a surprise to learn that someone who is convicted and jailed for a crime they did not commit, and is then acquitted based on evidence which…

February 3, 2015

Deaths in police custody

The news reports of protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the fatal shooting by police of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown and the “I can’t breathe” campaign, arising from the death…

January 26, 2015

Justice First

The high-profile case involving the victims of the notorious serial rapist taxi driver, John Worboys, has not only shone a light on some of the failings of the police but…

January 15, 2015

Farewell 2014. Hello 2015!

As this is the first blog of a new year, it is a chance to pull together some of the threads from last year and see what they might tell…

January 6, 2015

Why the Justice Secretary should be a lawyer…

After hearing evidence from a wide range of experts, and the current Justice Secretary/Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling, the House of Lords Constitution Committee published a report last week on the…

December 16, 2014