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Blog: Litigants-in-person in fact-finding hearings involving serious or complex allegations: a problem solved?

Since the introduction of Legal Aid reforms many parties who allege domestic violence are able to secure funding for representation, subject to meeting a number of (onerous) conditions.  The alleged perpetrators, however, usually cannot.  Where the allegations come to be considered by the court (either in the context of contested non-molestation proceedings or where a Continue reading

Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Wyatt v Vince

In Wyatt v Vince, the Supreme Court considers the court’s jurisdiction under rule 4.4 of the family rules. The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed Ms. Wyatt’s appeal after the Court of Appeal had struck out Ms. Wyatt’s claim for financial provision under rule 4.4. The full Judgment can be found here. Edward Kenny, instructed by Continue reading

Landlords: do you know the requirements for Tenancy Deposit Schemes?

A little-known requirement of private landlords is causing big problems when it comes to relying on a section 21 notice to obtain possession.  The case of Superstrike Ltd v. Rodrigues [2013] EWCA Civ 669 (and subsequent cases in the county court) clarified that landlords must register a tenant’s deposit every time a fresh tenancy agreement Continue reading