June 30, 2016

One of the more interesting and entertaining decisions this month was that of Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, in Harb v HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz.

Essentially, the Court of Appeal reversed the decision of Peter Smith J sitting in the Chancery Division, on the basis of the Court’s criticism of his approach to the evidence at trial.  Certainly the appellate judgment included some important observations about evidence and how it should be considered in judgments.  The case will...

October 10, 2015

Since 1988, it may be only a small exaggeration to suppose that few questions are asked with such regularity as “is my section 21 notice valid?” Housing lawyers have naturally greeted news of a change to the rules surrounding s.21 (that is, of course, of the Housing Act 1988) with a customary mixture of amusement, delight, incredulity and disdain.


In this article, Graeme Kirk considers a number of changes recently introduced in the private (short term) rental sector, including to the s.21 notic...

July 8, 2015

In the words of the great man, Where Are We Now? [1]

It is around two years since the implementation of the reforms to the CPR researched, suggested, marshalled and implemented by Sir Rupert Jackson. 

The thrust of these reforms is that justice is no longer the central feature or objective of our civil justice system.  It remains a central feature, but only in the context of proportionality.  What does proportionality mean?  We are not sure yet, but that is undoubtedly the subject of a future...

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