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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 }

Tenants’ Rights: Get Advice & Stop Problems Before They Start

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 | in Advocacy, DIY Law, Landlord & Tenant, Tenants' Rights

Want to know a trade secret? The best way to avoid contract disputes is to have a clear contract. Tip number two is that tenancy agreements can be written to favour a landlord or a tenant. Tenancy agreements are contracts. Did you negotiate yours – or did you just sign whatever the landlord or letting… { Read More }

Tenants’ Rights: Get Advice (2)

As an update to Tenants’ Rights: Get Advice, if you are having problems with your landlord and want to try to solve your dispute without a lawyer, you might find the following Legal Action Group books helpful: Repairs Tenants’ Rights by Jan Luba QC, Deirdre Forster & Beatrice Prevatt Quiet Enjoyment (Arden & Partington) Defending… { Read More }

Tenants’ Rights: Get Advice

When do you need to bring a lawyer in to fight your corner? Tenants generally don’t come to a direct access barrister for advice until the day before they are due to see their landlord in court. Many people think that as their tenancy agreement is written in English, and as they are highly educated… { 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 }

Everything you wanted to know about tenancy deposits but were afraid to ask

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 | in DIY Law, Landlord & Tenant

The House of Commons Library has published its Standard Note SN/SP/2121 Tenants’ Deposits (England & Wales). This document sets out the current state of play as at today’s date.

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 }

Housing Law Free Legal Advice Pop Up

Problems with your landlord or estate agent? Come to my free legal advice pop up at the Newington Green Unitarian Church on Thursday, 1 May from 7pm to 9pm. The plan is to do these sessions on the first Thursday of the month until further notice. Thanks to Pastor Andy Pakula for giving us the… { Read More }