Legal Miscellany

The strange goings on at Sports Direct have made fascinating and worrying reading over the last couple of years.  The Guardian planted a journalist in their Derbyshire Headquarters, and his expose of numerous breaches of Employment Law have had a galvanizing effect on the government.  They have now appointed the first labour enforcement tsar, David ...

STRIPED PAINT AND LIVING BELOW GROUND AND THE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING PUBS

I expect that you have read about the striped painted house in Kensington, when a lady property developer painted candy stripes on the three storey façade of her terraced home. It is suggested that she had taken this unusual step because her neighbours had objected to her plans to demolish the existing property and replace ...

Hedgerows – A Seasonal Reminder

Many farmers, landowners and others involved in agriculture support the Farmers’ Weekly petition calling on DEFRA to repeal the ban on hedge cutting in August. The ban is from the beginning of March until the first September under the cross-compliance conditions (unless there is a specific derogation from the RPA to sow oilseed rape or ...

SIGNPOSTS TO HOUSE THEFT – IS IT POSSIBLE TO STEAL A HOUSE?

One of the most important factors required by a successful criminal is information.  Recently a whole new class of crime has grown up around theft of money relating to sham property transactions.  Unlike stealing jewellery or a car, the stolen item does not move but the title to it does, or at least appears to.  The criminal can apparently sell the title ...

FROM DICTIONARY DEFINITION TO UNIVERSITY STUDENT

When I started out in my legal career, the Oxford English Dictionary defined the exploitation and intimidation of tenants by unscrupulous landlords as “Rachmanism”.  All sorts of dirty tricks were employed to control what were called “unprofitable tenants” and get rid them so that otherwise unwanted tenants who would pay extortionate rents for tiny squalid rooms could be provided for. ...

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY: THE NEW ESSENTIAL

Consider these words from the British Banking Association: ‘If you are the joint account holder and the other joint account holder becomes mentally incapable, you do not automatically have the right to access the account unless you have a Lasting Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Attorney or an Order from the Court of Protection.’ ...
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