Social housing and a tenant’s right to repair

Introduction Under social housing, the tenant has a right to repair. By law, the landlord is under a duty to maintain the residential property in good repair. Where a landlord fails or refuses to carry out necessary repairs, a tenant can enforce this obligation of repair in a number of ways In this article, we

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Introductory Tenancies: What to expect?

Introduction The Housing Act 1996 introduced a new form of non-secure tenancy or licence known as an ‘introductory’ tenancy.  Introductory tenancy is also known as trail tenancy. It is common nowadays that certain social housing tenants are offered with or granted with the introductory tenancy. In this news article, we will explore introductory tenancy and

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What counts as knife and gun crime?

‘Knife crime’ is simply any crime that involves a knife. Basic laws on knives state that it is: It’s illegal to: sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a folding blade

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What is hearsay evidence and why it is not accepted by the Courts?

Introduction The hearsay evidence is a problematic issue in criminal law. Article 6(3) (d) of European Convention on Human Rights guarantees to a defendant the minimum right “to examine or have examined witnesses against him. The right of a fair trial under article 6 requires that an accused/defendant should be given an adequate and proper

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Growing Epidemic of Domestic Violence

Introduction Domestic Violence is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can involve, but is not limited to: •    Psychological •    Physical • 

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Vicarious Liability

Employer’s vicarious liability to protect employees from injuries and harms Introduction to Vicarious Liability Under vicarious liability, an employer will be held responsible for the wrongs committed or injury and harm caused by his  employees in the course of employment subject to the following conditions The existence of an employer-employee relationship The employee must have

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Employers’ Liability

Employers’ liability upon slips, trips and injuries occurred at work place Introduction  An employer is under a legal duty to take reasonable care of his employees’ health and safety in the course of their employment. The reasonable care may include providing health checks where employees are engaged in hazardous work, equipment to protect employees from

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Coercive Control – Domestic Abuse

What is coercive control? Coercive control is a common type of domestic abuse, but it doesn’t necessarily include physical violence. Coercive control is part of and comes under domestic violence. This type of abuse can force the victim to become isolated from their support network and reliant on someone who inflicts acts or patterns of

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Lawyers behaving badly!

Earlier this month, Ross McKay, 39, a conveyancing solicitor who fixed property deals for mortgage fraudsters has been jailed for seven years. He was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court and found guilty of three offences of money laundering. McKay provided conveyancing services to a criminal gang to launder money made from drug-dealing, tax evasion mortgage

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