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NEW OPPORTUNITIES: One Legal, the shared legal service for Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester Councils that also delivers services to housing providers, has a number of roles: Senior Lawyer x2 - Planning (to £44,632), Lawyer - Planning (to £39,782), Senior Legal Assistant - Planning (to £34,788), Senior Legal Assistant - Commercial (to £34,788), Legal Assistant - Commercial (to £30,508), Senior Paralegal - Litigation (to £26,317) and Paralegal - Commercial (to £23,836). Also hiring: LOCUM ROLES: Housing Lawyer (London), Part-time Litigation Lawyer (West Midlands) and Litigation Solicitor (East Anglia).

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Court of Appeal says coronavirus stay also covers appeals against possession orders
The suspension through PD51Z of possession proceedings due to the COVID-19 outbreak applies to appeals as well as new cases, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Housing lawyers group hits out at plan for resumed possession hearings in London
The Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA) has condemned proposals for resumed possession hearings in London courts as “unconscionable” and “naïve”.
 
London borough wins High Court battle with tenant on banding and overcrowding
Southwark Council was entitled to conclude a family was not in the highest category of overcrowding because it had voluntarily moved into accommodation that would become statutorily overcrowded as its children grew older, judge rules.

Woman who makes involuntary sounds fails in judicial review challenge over noise abatement notice
A 67-year-old retired primary school teacher who has a neurological disorder that causes her to make involuntary sounds and noises has failed in a judicial review challenge over a noise abatement notice.

Court of Appeal rejects challenge over lawfulness of PD51Z staying possession proceedings
The Court of Appeal has upheld the lawfulness of Practice Direction 51Z. The Housing Law Practitioners Association, which intervened in the case of Arkin v Marshall, said the outcome meant that PD51Z applies throughout possession proceedings and in all but the most exceptional cases should not be lifted.

Secretary of State quashes decision letter approving controversial development after allegation of "apparent bias" in favour of developer
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has agreed to a redetermination of a 1,524-unit housing development proposal for the former Daily Telegraph/Daily Express printworks site in East London following legal action from Tower Hamlets Council and the Greater London Assembly (GLA).

Housing association senior solicitor appointed deputy district judge
A senior litigation solicitor at a housing association has been appointed as a part-time Deputy District Judge.

Bevan Brittan bolsters social housing team with appointment of two partners

Major social landlord issues notice on plans for legal services framework worth up to £24m

Winckworth Sherwood bolsters social housing banking and finance team
Flexible tenancies and possession
When to serve an NSP, NTQ, NST, BN or FN – nobody said housing law was easy! Jon Holbrook looks at the issues arising out of flexible tenancies.

Housing case law update - May 2020
Michael Owen, Helen Gascoigne and Tom Bradbury round up the latest rulings from the High Court and the Supreme Court.


The interface between statutory nuisance and disability discrimination
A woman with a disorder that causes her to make involuntary sounds and noises has failed in a judicial review challenge over a noise abatement notice. Charles Holland examines the judgment.

Housing in lockdown: avoid the pause button
In an in-depth article Tom Lawal reviews the number of ways COVID-19 can effect the progression and outcome of housing cases and how practitioners can continue to engage in effective case management during this challenging period.

Homelessness and domestic violence
Andy Lane and Rowan Clapp look at the likely impact of government proposals of support for survivors of domestic violence who are facing homelessness.

Social landlords and relaxation of the lockdown
What does the easing of the lockdown mean for providers of social housing? John Murray looks at issues around repairs and gas safety.

Recent developments in additional and selective licensing
Tara O'Leary discusses some of the implications of the COVID-19 emergency for licensing litigation and summarises several important decisions which have emerged during a very productive period at the courts and tribunals.

Unlicensed HMOs and liability
A London borough recently successfully defended two claims for judicial review of decisions it made against directors of property companies operating, and owners of property, in its area. Simon Kiely, Aleksandra Wolek and Christos Paphiti explain how the ruling will help local authority housing departments and prosecutors.
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Judge rejects challenge to decision to send draft neighbourhood plan to referendum
Mendip District Council was right to accept the recommendations of an examiner into the draft neighbourhood plan for the village of Norton St Philip and allow this to proceed to a referendum, the High Court has ruled.

Upper Tribunal allows appeal by owner over order to demolish damaged house
A district council had ordered Peter Bathurst to demolish the Bognor Regis house where he had lived since 1963 after it sustained damage from a burst pipe.

Supreme Court hands down key ruling on listed buildings
Planning inspectors should reconsider whether two lead urns that were placed on top of limestone piers at a historic house were ‘buildings’ or not, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Updated handbook launched to guide planning enforcement officers in England to take correct decisions
The National Association of Planning Enforcement, part of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), has issued an updated Planning Enforcement Handbook for England.

Supreme Court rejects appeal bid by Welsh Ministers over s.73 permissions ruling
Landmark Chambers said it is now settled that s.73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 may not be used to amend the operative part of a planning permission or to impose a condition which would be inconsistent with the operative part of the original planning permission.

Lincolnshire social landlord to set up £500k legal services framework

Clarke Willmott appoints joint heads of social housing team

Devonshires acts for social landlord on £540m debt restructuring
 
COVID-19: Houses in multiple occupation
Sonia Rai and Ben Maltz consider the issues around houses in multiple occupation during the coronavirus pandemic.


COVID-19: Responsible contracting behaviour
Katrina Day and Lee Clarke summarise key recommendations from the Government on contracting and how they might impact on housing providers' relationships with contractors.

Anti-social behaviour - powers to control behaviour
This LexisNexis Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive legal information covering the powers available to control behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Environmental, Social and Governance - a sector-wide opportunity
Why should Registered Providers be focusing on ESG? Deborah Rowntree explains.


Committal applications during COVID-19

Clare Jones and Sian Evans analyse the courts' approach to committal applications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Article 8 breaches and local authority statutory duties
A recent case provides an important discussion of the positive duties of the state under Article 8 ECHR – and specifically, the issue of when an Article 8 breach may arise in the absence of any failure of a local authority to carry out its statutory duties, writes Arianna Kelly.
BOOST YOUR CAREER: Being a legal locum in local government
An increasing number of legal professionals are becoming locums. Rayhaneh Tehrani and Laura Smith explain the reasons why this is the case, and set out what they think candidates should consider when looking for jobs in local government.
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