Archived News from 2012

Housing & Regeneration


Seamless Offering From Forbes' Housing Team


Forbes' Housing Team is now able to offer a seamless service from the outset to conclusion of a case after two Solicitors gained their Higher Rights of Audience Advocacy qualifications. The qualification means that Lucie Cocker and Lachlan McLean are more cost-efficient advocates as they offer a…

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Covert Surveillance Watched More Closely (Changes to RIPA 2000)


On 1st November 2012, changes will come into force regarding Local Authorities' use of covert surveillance under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). Sections 37 and 38 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 will introduce amendments to RIPA, and a major change that this brings is the…

Delaying the Not-So-Inevitable


Case Report: Southend-on-Sea BC v Armour, High Court (unreported), 18/10/2012 Adjournments are a common source of frustration for social landlords. They often cause additional suffering to the neighbours of anti social tenants, as well as escalating legal costs. The High Court has now confirmed that…

Client Recognition Boosts Recommendations


Forbes Solicitors' Legal 500 rankings this year received a boost due to outstanding feedback and testimonials from clients. The firm was again ranked in 13 categories and moved up a tier in both Corporate and Commercial and Social Housing as a direct result from the comments of clients. Forbes…

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Hannon v Hillingdon


What constitutes the structure of a house? The implied requirement for landlords to "keep in repair the structure and exterior" of a property, as implied by s.11 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, has been subject to much conjecture. Recently the case of Grand v Gill (2011) established…

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Symphony Success For Forbes Solicitors


Forbes Solicitors has been appointed to the legal panel of Symphony Housing Group. Forbes will now provide general legal advice along with advising on specific areas of Asset Management, Housing Management, Leasehold Services and General for the Group which provide 39,000 homes across the North West…

Guidance given on sentences for breach of ASB Injunctions


Amicus Horizon v James Thornley (Court of Appeal, 30 May 2012) The Court of Appeal has provided some long awaited clarity regarding the approach to be taken when sentencing defendants who breach anti social behaviour injunctions. The Court stated that the Sentencing Guidelines Council's guidance…

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Is the riot-induced amendment doomed to fail


The formal summary of responses to the consultation entitled 'A new mandatory power of possession for anti-social behaviour' is due to be released soon - so it seems appropriate to consider what this is likely to contain. This article will concentrate on the riot-induced amendment - to extend the…

Housing Benefit Changes In 2013


From 1 April 2013 housing benefit for working-age social housing tenants is due to be assessed in accordance with the new house size criteria. Any household assessed to be under-occupying their home will have a percentage of housing benefit deducted with 14% of housing benefit deducted for one spare…

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05 Feb 2019

Housing & Regeneration


A Vision for Social Housing - Report

This month saw the release of 'A Vision for Social Housing', a report written by Shelter's Social Housing…

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