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Liz Truss’s Domestic Violence Sleight of Hand

Posted on: February 12th, 2017 | in Advocacy, Criminal law, Despicable You, Women & the Law
Liz Truss's Domestic Violence Sleight of Hand

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

Why do I have to go to court?

Why do I have to go to court?

The short answer is hearsay. Let me explain.

The Torts (Interference with Goods) Act: “Where’s my stuff?”

The Torts (Interference with Goods) Act: "Where's my stuff?"

The day my client was evicted from her flat, she was recovering from emergency cancer surgery at her friend’s home. And unlike the people in this photograph, she never saw her personal belongings again.

Poor (wo)man’s lawyer Meets 21st Century pro bono

Poor (wo)man’s lawyer Meets 21st Century pro bono

One of the best decisions I ever made was to start volunteering at the Toynbee Hall. I liked its “Poor Man’s Lawyer” roots, the buzz of the Wednesday evening first come, first served, advice free-for-all – and how Jack Profumo found his redemption there. I remember dropping in to the Wednesday evening general advice session… { Read More }

Revenge Porn: My Ex Posted Our Sex Tape on Facebook

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 | in Criminal law, Despicable You, DIY Law, Miscellany, Women & the Law

The amount of revenge porn issues I deal with staggers me. The scenario is generally this: Out of spite, a guy tries to bully his ex by sharing sex videos or photographs of her – for the sole purpose of humilating the girl who dared to dump him. While there is no specific law against… { Read More }

This isn’t my first time

First time Litigants in Person tend to underestimate the time and emotional energy involved in court proceedings. That’s why they say in one breath, “Hopefully, they’ll just pay. I don’t have time for this BS” and in another, “We’re going to court”. Consider that this may not be your opponent’s first time – particularly if you… { Read More }

Thanks for telling us you have Cancer: You’re Sacked

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 | in Despicable You, DIY Law, Employment law, Women & the Law
Photo Credit: Rose Lerini

I’m thinking it might be time to run a, “Despicable You” series. The letter is from an employer in America who appears to have made his employee of 12 years redundant on his learning of her cancer diagnosis. Imagine: Your whole world’s just been turned upside down. You’re frightened about what the future holds and… { Read More }

Despicable you: Landlords, stop threatening fraud victims with s144 LASPO

A young family signed a tenancy agreement, paid a deposit and the first month’s rent – all into a letting agent’s bank account. A month or so later, a representative of the landlord stopped by the flat and was surprised to see the family living there. The family were stunned to discover they’d been duped… { Read More }