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Five Fact Friday - Charity

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With more and more people being furloughed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, charities are reporting a rapid increase in volunteers as people look to keep themselves busy. Back in January 2020, the Fundraising Regulator published its ‘Good Practice...

Five Fact Friday - Budget

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The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered the first Budget in more than 18 months earlier this week. Today we examine some of the key aspects of the UK’s first Budget as a non-EC/EU state for nearly 50 years, as well as look at some of the quirkier...

Five Fact Friday - Strange Laws

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Last year, we published an article focussing on five curious English laws. Here are five more unusual and often cited unusual ‘laws’ which might or might not really exist. 1. It is illegal to stand within 100 yards of the reigning...

Five Fact Friday - Valentine's Day

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Roses are red Violets are blue Five Valentine’s Day facts For people to view 1. “Under loves heavy burden…” February 24 th was officially declared the holiday of St....

Five Fact Friday - Names

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This weekend marks 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor and that her descendants would take the name “Mountbatten-Windsor”. Inspired by HRH, here...

Five Fact Friday - Brexit

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So today is the day that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland exits the European Union. What does this mean? How will this affect you? What exactly are WTO rules? These are all questions that we are looking to answer...

Five Fact Friday - Antarctica

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Next week will see the 200 th anniversary of what is commonly believed to be the ‘discovery’ of Antarctica by Russian explorers Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen and Mikhail Lazarev. To celebrate this, and also remind ourselves that there...

Five Fact Friday - Prohibition

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Today marks the 100 th anniversary of the implementation of the Prohibition laws in the United States of America. With this in mind, we present five intoxicating facts relating to various laws surrounding alcohol for you to keg back and enjoy....

Five Fact Friday - New Year, New Laws

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We usher in 2020 with a look at five laws that will (all things being equal) be implemented this year. According to data collected by Strava, a social network for athletes, this year’s ‘Quitter’s Day’ and the day on which people are...

Five Fact Friday - It's Christmas!

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As we look forward to next week’s Christmas celebrations, here are five festive facts about Christmas. Apologies in advance for some of the wordplay, but it is the most pun-derful time of the year. We wouldn’t want to leave anyone pine-ing...

Five Fact Friday - Election day

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There is now less than one week until polling day and, as an antidote to the election fatigue most of us are feeling, it is worth looking at some of the more interesting laws relating to elections and the Parliament generally. So, here are five facts about...

Five Fact Friday - Floods

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With parts of England still underwater and more wet weather to come, many people, organisation and even animals are doing their bit to help. Indeed, it has been announced that three families of beavers are to be introduced on land managed by the...

Five Fact Friday - Lotteries

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Next week marks the 25 th anniversary of the first National Lottery draw. For £1 per ticket, players could guess which six out of 49 balls would be drawn with each ticket having a one-in-14-million chance of being a winner. To mark the...

Five Fact Friday - Berlin Wall

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This Saturday (9 th November 2019) marks the 30 th anniversary of one of the most important events in recent history, the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark the occasion, here are five fascinating facts about facades, fortifications, borders,...

Five Fact Friday - Bonfire Night

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It will soon be that time of year again when bonfires burn and fireworks flash. In order to ignite your interest, here are five fiery facts about illegal illuminations, prosecuted plotters and more! 1. All’s flare in love and war ...

A 'Frightful' Five Fact Friday - Halloween

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Whether you’re interested in lore or law, there are plenty of eerie enactments and creepy cases that deal with the supernatural. As the spooky season is now upon us, here are five fascinating facts about phantoms, felons and all things...

Five Fact Friday: Misrepresentation

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This week it was revealed, following an investigation, that only 1% of the bulbs sold at Amsterdam’s famous floating flower market, ever blossom. That spells trouble for those sellers touting their tulips to tourists but it’s also an...

Five Fact Friday: Compulsory Purchase Orders

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Tomorrow marks the 40 th anniversary of the publication of the Hitchhiker’ Guide to the Galaxy. *Spoiler alert*. For those who haven’t read the book (or watched film, or watched the TV series or listened to the radio play…),...

Five Fact Friday: The Supreme Court's Flying Circus

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you may have noticed that the Supreme Court has been in the news recently. What you may not know is that it also celebrated its 10 th birthday this week. Moreover, another British...

Is age really just a number?

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Every now and again we are reminded of ancient laws that have never been repealed, some being fairly ridiculous and amusing! For instance, an 1872 law that has never been repealed made it an offence for a pub landlord to allow drunkenness in their...

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

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It took more than 3 years but the Private Members Bill introduced by the Labour MP Karen Buck has received Royal Assent and has become the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. It will come into force on 20 March 2019. The new Act will amend...

Beware of Service of Notice by Email

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It is no secret that, in most cases, the law takes some time to catch up with real life. Perhaps it is because the politicians tasked with proposing legislation are reactive rather than pro-active. Perhaps it is because our law has a long history...

Rogue landlords and harassment - where do you stand?

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On 23 October 2018, the Guardian newspaper, following a joint investigation with ITV News, published an article which revealed that many landlords who have been convicted of housing offences and also failed to pass the ‘fit and proper’ person...

"Partridge v Gupta: Sufficient notice of proceedings under CPR"

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The Court of Appeal has recently decided on what constitutes sufficient notice of proceedings under Part 83.13 of the Civil Procedure Rules. CPR 83.13 is the mechanism by which a landlord may apply to the High Court for permission to issue a Writ of...

Succession to a Tenancy under the Rent Acts

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It is now more than 28 years since the Housing Act 1988 came into force, introducing with it the Assured Tenancy and foreboding an end to the ‘regulated tenancies’ of the past. I dare say that there are many reading this article that were...