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I don’t shoot from the hip

I don't shoot from the hip

I got an enquiry from a man the other day. His adult son attended a voluntary interview at the police station, refused a solicitor and awaits hearing whether he’ll be charged or not.

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.

Ministers, Local Authority Officers & Bias

Posted on: June 4th, 2012 | in DIY Law, Non-legal help, Public law

You may not be making a multi-million pound bid for a licence to operate your business, but you are entitled to have Government officials exercise their discretion and decision-making in an open and fair manner. So how would you challenge a decision by a Minister, local authority officer or some other Public body that directly… { Read More }

The Sheriffs Are Coming

Posted on: March 24th, 2012 | in Direct Access Barristers, DIY Law
The Sheriffs Are Coming

The Sheriffs Are Coming has to be my favourite programme at the moment. While every episode is the same – with Employment Tribunal and County Court money judgments finally catching up with rogue landlords and former employers – there is something quite satisfying watching people who’ve been cheated and bullied send Phil and Grant Mitchell… { Read More }