A new Practice Direction (PD 55C) is to come into force on 23 August 2020. The Practice Direction is made under r.55.A1 and is said to be a “temporary modification” of Part 55, for an “interim period” commencing on 23 August 2020 and ending on 28 March 2021.
Sarah McKeown and Mark Baumohl have been appointed as Deputy District Judges on the South Eastern circuit.
The High Court has granted an interim injunction against a hospital patient, requiring her to give up possession of a hospital bedroom. In effect, the NHS Trust was granted possession by the “back door”, in a way which avoided the intended effect of CPR 51Z PD.
Sarah McKeown defended the successful local authority in a claim for judicial review concerning planning permission. Permission to bring the claim had been refused on the papers and the claimant requested an oral hearing to renew his application for permission to bring a judicial review.
The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal, upholding an order of the Upper Tribunal that the Appellant’s Housing Benefit should be calculated without deduction of the “bedroom tax”.
Sarah McKeown considers the decision of the Court of Appeal in Powell v Dacroum Borough Council  EWCA Civ 23. The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against a refusal to suspend a warrant for possession as there had been no breach of the public sector equality duty, but even if there had been it […]