A Practical Guide to Non-Party Costs Orders – Author Charles Shwenn

Chambers would like to congratulate Charles Shwenn on the publication of his book by Law Brief Publishing: A Practical Guide to Non-Party Costs Orders. This is a valuable tool for practitioners as well as companies, insurers and commercial litigation funders. [...]

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Russell James appointed as a Deputy District Judge

Chambers is delighted to congratulate the Head of our Civil Team, Russell James on his appointment by the Lord Chief Justice as a Deputy District Judge appointed to the Western Circuit. Russell will also continue to accept instructions in his [...]

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Court of Appeal Finds That The Stay On Possession Proceedings Due To Covid-19 Is Lawful

On 11 May 2020, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the appeal of Arkin v Marshall [2020] EWCA Civ 620, which was concerned with whether or not the stay on possession proceedings due to last until 25 June 2020 is [...]

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Eviction, Unlawful Eviction & Covid-19

Recent media reports and social media excerpts suggest there has been an increase in attempts by landlords during the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis to evict their tenants including one national report of a landlord attempting to evict a paramedic by [...]

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Appealing a Homelessness Decision Out of Time: A Welcome Sense of Realism Injected by the Court of Appeal in an Age of Legal Aid Advice Deserts

On 30 January 2020 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in an important case concerned with bringing a homelessness appeal pursuant to section 204 of the Housing Act 1996 after the 21 day time limit prescribed. The decision is Al [...]

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Bristol Housing and Homelessness Conference 2019

Chambers housing team in association are hosting a free conference to be held in Bristol on Friday 11th October. Clicked the link for the program and details of how to register. Housing and Homelessness Conference 2019 [...]

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Court of Appeal Gives Judgment in Livewest v Bamber [2019] EWCA Civ 1174

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Livewest v Bamber [2019] EWCA Civ 1174 - a case concerned with whether or not 6 months notice is required to end a fixed term tenancy by the use of a [...]

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Court of Appeal Grants Permission to Appeal in Livewest v Bamber 

The Court of Appeal has granted permission for a second appeal in the case of Livewest v Bamber [2018] EWHC 2454. This case concerns the correct interpretation and application of sections 21(1A) and 21(1B) of the Housing Act 1988 which apply [...]

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Russell James is Individually ranked as tier 1 Leading Junior in the 2018 Legal 500

Members of Chambers are delighted to congratulate Russell on his ranking by the Legal 500 again this year in the area of Property: Magdalen Chambers and who is very well known for his experience in housing and homelessness matters He is described as ‘Highly [...]

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High Court Dismisses Social Landlords Appeal Against Refusal to Make a Possession Order

On 25 September 2018, Mr Justice Birss dismissed an appeal by Curo Places Limited against the decision of HHJ Matthews of 7 March 2017 in which the judge refused to make a possession order on grounds of breach of tenancy [...]

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The Court of Appeal Gives Judgment in Fundamental Dishonesty Case

On Monday 30 October 2017 the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the case of Howlett v Davies [2017] EWCA Civ 1696, which concerned the issue of fundamental dishonesty for the purpose of removing the costs protection provided by Qualified [...]

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Magdalen Chambers are again ranked as a leading set by the Legal 500

Magdalen Chambers is thoroughly delighted to announce that for the fourth successive year we have been rated as a leading set on the Western Circuit by the prestigious Legal 500 directory. The authors mentioned chambers specialism in civil and family [...]

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The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, initial thoughts

Last week, the Department for Communities and Local Government reported an increase of 33,000 children being housed by councils in temporary accommodation since mid-2014, representing a rise of 37%.  This equates to an average of 900 extra children each month.  [...]

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Fixing or Failing

A Review of the key points in the Government’s White Paper: “Fixing our broken housing market.” In the UK today there is a growing disparity between house prices and income.  This disparity has in turn to a doubling of the [...]

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County Court Rules That Property Guardian is a Tenant

On 24 February 2017 HHJ Ambrose sitting at the County Court at Bristol concluded a two day trial of a preliminary issue concerned with whether a property guardian in possession of two rooms in the Broomhill Elderly Persons Home in [...]

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Permission granted for Second Appeal in Landlord and Tenant Break Clause Case

Court of Appeal Grants Permission for Second Appeal in Landlord and Tenant Break Clause Case Lewison LJ has granted a tenant permission to appeal in a case concerning the correct construction of a break clause in a residential letting and [...]

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Property Litigation – Breakfast Seminars

******* Save the Date ******* Chambers are delighted to announce we will be running a series of property seminars in chambers with the first being Tuesday 7th February 2017. More details will follow in the New Year! [...]

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The Right Warrant: Issuing Warrants Following the Breach of A Suspended Possession Order.

The Court of Appeal has recently given judgment in the case of Cardiff CC v Lee (Flowers) [2016] EWCA Civ 1034, which is concerned with the correct application to be made for a warrant for possession where there has been a breach [...]

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Court of Appeal Gives Guidance on Suspended Possession Orders

Another important judgment has been handed down in the field of Housing Law, being last Thursday's (7 July 2016) Court of Appeal decision in City West Housing Trust v Massey; Manchester & District HA v Roberts [2016] EWCA Civ 704. This is [...]

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“The Supreme Court Rules That There is No Article 8 Proportionality Defence Available to Possession Proceedings in the Private Rented Sector: McDonald v McDonald [2016] UKSC 28.”

After 6 years of waiting to see whether a tenant of an assured shorthold tenancy provided by a private landlord can raise an article 8 (right to respect for private, family and home life) proportionality defence to possession proceedings pursuant [...]

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