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Acting as guarantor for a tenant: is it enforceable?

Posted on: May 16th, 2017 | in DIY Law, Landlord & Tenant, Tenants' Rights

guarantor Guarantor for a friend’s tenancy rent and now it’s all gone wrong? Is the landlord coming after you because they say the friend you “indemnified”  and “guaranteed” is in arrears – and you’re friend’s disputing the amount, skint, no-where to be found, etc.

If you didn’t get legal advice before signing a rent guarantee, now’s a great time to do so.

Yesterday, I advised a man in these circumstances – and it took all of five minutes for me to ascertain that the rent guarantee in his case is not enforceable.

The man I helped yesterday is intelligent and can read English to a high standard. His only issue is that (up until his appointment with me) he didn’t understand the law.

It made perfect sense for him to come to a direct access landlord & tenant expert – and I was pleased to give him clarity and a steer.

His post-advice email to me reads:

“Thanks for your advice yesterday [that] the guarantee is meaningless.

Again, in absence of flowers, choccies etc, many thanks”.

My Theft Mindmap

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 | in Criminal law, Get qualified

Students get a bit overwhelmed at this time of year – and panic about how they are going to learn – and memorise lots of law. Because I’m more of a “show me” type of learner, I make mind maps. Here’s a partial theft mind map for you to complete.

Setting aside a CCJ is easy, right? (Or what Mad Dog Mattis can teach us about supplying legal services)

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 | in Advocacy, Direct Access Barristers, DIY Law

Despite barristers and solicitors up and down this country posting blogs about the importance of getting legal advice before touching litigation with a barge-pole, I am routinely approached by litigants in person – after their cases have hit the buffers in court. (more…)

These finding legal advice tips will amaze you

Lots of people are looking for legal advice but no-one wants to deal with a lawyer to get it.

Amirite? (more…)

Liz Truss’s Domestic Violence Sleight of Hand

Posted on: February 12th, 2017 | in Advocacy, Criminal law, Despicable You, Women & the Law

This Government talks a big game when it comes to protecting victims of domestic violence – but it’s all sleight of hand. (more…)

Legal Aid & the Myth of Doing More with Less

Oh look! The Daily Mail have just run another hit piece on the legal profession. (more…)

Private Parking fines: Should I pay or fight?


My client was a bit surprised to get this parking fine “Notice” from APCOA in the post. (more…)

Why do I have to go to court?


The short answer is hearsay.

Let me explain. (more…)