Alexander Campbell reviews the High Court judgment in Melars Group Ltd v East-West Logistics LLP. The case indicates that relief from sanctions may be granted where a party has breached a court-imposed deadline and that deadline, even if agreed by consent between the parties, was unrealistic from the start.
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that where a local authority makes a homelessness review decision late, that decision is valid notwithstanding its lateness.
The Court of Appeal’s judgment this week in Sharif v Birmingham City Council upholds the right of local authorities to obtain injunctions using their broad, general power to issue legal proceedings under section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972.
The Court of Appeal has held that the parties in a homelessness review can agree an extension of time for the local authority to reach its review decision without them having to reach agreement as to a specific date by which a decision will be reached.
Housing lawyers and professionals will find the judgment important because of the Supreme Court’s finding that a housing association is entitled to reserve its housing stock for people sharing a protected characteristic without necessarily thereby committing unlawful direct discrimination.
Alexander Campbell examines the law and requirements around hung parliaments in the UK, recalling the Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition of 2010, in a Q&A with LexisNexis.