The Court of Appeal judgment in Prempeh v Lakhany considered 2 issues that have been raised against landlords recently in respect of s.8, Housing Act 1988 notices.
We are delighted that 8 members of chambers have been included in Chambers and Partners 2021. Additionally, we continue to be ranked as a set for our social housing law team.
118 barristers applied and 36 were selected to be part of a network of future Bar leaders.
Practitioners should be aware that the changes to Part 81, Civil Procedure Rules which came into effect on 1 October 2020 have already caused issues in the county courts in matters concerning Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. There has been a disparity in how the courts are dealing with breaches both on arrest and on application.
The nominations recognise their pro bono advice and representation in the Court of Appeal case of Jarvis v Evans (in which Shelter Cymru were an intervenor). The case was heard in June and considered landlord licensing in Wales.
We are delighted that 10 members of chambers have been included in Legal 500 2021. Additionally, we are ranked as a set for our social housing law team.
Further to our update on possession claims earlier this week, as of yesterday there is now a wealth of guidance online ahead of possession claims resuming in the courts from Monday (21 September). Housing lawyers have a lot of reading to do before Monday.
The Master of the Rolls’ working party has finalised its guidance document so that the legal system, and in particular the courts, can manage housing possession cases once the stay on proceedings is lifted on 20 September.
Today, in a last minute announcement before the stay on possession claims was due to be lifted on 23 August 2020, it was explained that the Lord Chancellor had written to Sir Terence Etherton MR to explain that: “he [the Lord Chancellor] thinks it expedient for the Civil Procedure Rules to include provision that would extend the stay imposed by rule 55.29 for a period of four weeks, to 20 September”.
This case was the first to see the provisions of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 before the higher courts and will have substantial implications for both private landlords and tenants in Wales.