Today marks the launch of a new planning and public law mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar. The scheme is a partnership between our chambers, the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA) and 4 other sets.
We are delighted to welcome Joanna Thom who starts her pupillage with us today. Joanna has a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University. She obtained a Very Competent in her BPTC at The University of Law and a Distinction in her GDL.
We welcome applications from talented barristers with expertise in our core practice areas: Family, Housing, Property, Business, Public law and Court of Protection.
Yesterday, in an important judgment in Rakusen v Jepson & Ors, the Court of Appeal found that a superior landlord is unable to be a respondent to an application for a rent repayment order where the property is an unlicensed HMO.
The Business and Property Courts’ Disclosure Pilot under Practice Direction 51U will be extended until 31 December 2022. This is unlikely to surprise most lawyers practising in Business and Property.
Jonathan Pennington Legh acted recently in a case concerning Japanese knotweed. As Japanese knotweed seems to be becoming more prevalent, he considers how the related legislation impacts landowners particularly local authorities or other bodies (eg railway companies) and practical steps for them to take.
Emma Godfrey acted for the successful local authority in the Court of Appeal case of Patel v London Borough of Hackney  EWCA Civ 897. Judgment has now been handed down.
The stay on residential evictions came to an end yesterday (31 May 2021). From today (1 June), notice periods previously set at 6 months, are now reduced to 4 months.
In Taylor & Longfield Real Estate Ltd v Burton  EWHC 1454 (Admin) the High Court has summarised the principles that magistrates should adopt when considering what compensation to award the tenant who has successfully established a statutory nuisance for bringing the case.
Max Thorowgood comments on the government response to the Law Commission’s recommendations for updating the Land Registration Act 2002 and highlights key recommendations as well as criticisms of the report.