Battle of the Landlords

Subject to satisfying the criteria of a qualifying tenant under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 a residential tenant of a long lease has the right to obtain an extension of 90 years on the term of their lease. However given the length of such extension this may mean that the qualifying tenant’s immediate landlord, and possibly some of the superior landlords to them are unable to grant such extended period as their own lease terms in the property are insufficient length. For the above reason the…

Legal Aid evidence criteria – successful Court challenge

The charity Rights of Women was recently successful in the Court of Appeal in challenging certain aspects of the evidential requirements of domestic abuse in relation to legal aid applications. The evidential requirements of domestic abuse to enable a person to qualify for legal aid (with exceptions) are contained in Regulation 33 of the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012. The Court of Appeal declared that Regulation 33 is invalid in so far as it:- Required verifications of domestic violence to be given within a 24 month period before any…

Disinherited daughter receives £164,000 inheritance

In the recent, and heavily publicised case of Ilott v Mitson a woman's disinherited daughter has received £164,000 from her estate. The case involved the estate of the late Melita Jackson and her daughter Heather. Heather had left home at 17 and had not been in contact with her mother for some 26 years and had been excluded from her late mother's will. Ms Jackson had left her entire £486,000 estate to various charities, however, her daughter applied under the Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 stating that the will failed to…

Keeping workers updated on new health and safety standards

A worker who was dismissed after failing to follow new health and safety guidelines has won his claim for unfair dismissal in the Court of Appeal. The decision is a warning to companies that it is not enough to issue new procedures and risk assessment requirements, without making sure that employees are fully aware of the changes and are properly trained. The case of Newbound v Thames Water Utilities involved a long-serving and experienced sewer worker, who was summarily dismissed after an incident in which he entered a sewer to…

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