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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…

Rental payments after break dates

The Supreme Court handed down its Judgment in the case of Marks and Spencer Plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company & Ors on 2 December 2015. This is important news for landlords and tenants alike when negotiating the terms of leases and exercising break clauses. The facts The brief facts of the case are that a lease had been granted for a term expiring on 2 February 2018, with rent being payable in advance on the usual quarter days. The tenant gave a break notice to end the…

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