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My journey into corporate law
Newly qualified solicitor Nazneen Patel describes what it’s like to be a trainee at Devonshires and why she is excited to begin her career as a corporate lawyer. 
Social Housing Pension Scheme 2017 Valuation Results – What are your options?
Last week saw the publication of the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) 2017 valuation results. These showed that in keeping with the previous valuation results from 2014, the funding deficit had increased, to £1.52bn.
Leading Construction Lawyer Joins the Devonshires Team
We are delighted to announce that leading Construction lawyer, Richard Anderson, today joins Devonshires as a Partner in our Construction & Engineering Department.
Onward restructures to create foundation for growth
To improve financial and operational efficiency, the Onward Group has restructured, consolidating subsidiaries Hyndburn Homes, Ribble Valley Homes and Peak Valley Housing Association.
Cryptocurrency Fraud is Rising and so is Litigation
Devonshires has been instructed by a private investor who has been scammed by an FCA regulated FX trader during the sale of £1 million of Bitcoins.
Case Law Round Up – Litigants in Person
In March 2018, Sir Terence Etherton identified that permission to appeal applications made by litigants in person (“LiPs”) in the civil division of the Court of Appeal stood at 42% of all applications for the 12 months ending 31 January 2018.
A Beginner’s Guide to Inquiries and Investigations
In public and commercial situations there is an almost infinite variety of inquiries or investigations that might be carried out when something has, or is perceived to have, gone wrong.
Does Artificial Intelligence Hold the Key to Tackling Fraud?
Rapid changes in technology are creating new vulnerabilities for fraudsters to exploit but it is often the simplest frauds that can cost companies thousands of pounds or more.
Housing Management Brief – Issue 22
Another six months since our last HM Brief and another six months of major policy development and new case-law in the social housing arena.
Eales v Havering LBC: Dealing with Discrimination Defences in Possession Proceedings
The decision in Eales v Havering London Borough Council reinforces that an Equality Act defence must fail where no causal link between the disability and the behaviour is clearly established.
Incorrect and Unjustifiable Threats of Legal Action Can Amount to Harassment – Metropolitan Housing Trust -v- (1) Worthington (2) Parkin
The recent case of Metropolitan Housing Trust v Worthington Parkin is a reminder to landlords that threats of legal proceedings should not be made against tenants without clear evidence of wrongdoing.
Christopher Robertson v Gordon Webb (2018)
In this case the Upper Tribunal considered the jurisdiction and discretion to extend time for a tenant’s referral of a rent increase notice out of time.