Archive for February, 2009

Does anyone use…

The Handy Law Links and Housing Resources links on this blog apart from me?

Just wondered 🙂


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Handy rule of the day!

From the LSC manual, Volume 2, re cost assessment

2.6 However, practitioners cannot be expected to be ‘walking law libraries’ (Johnson v. Valks. Court of Appeal 15 March 2000) and it may still be reasonable for time for checking on the application of established law or procedural rules to individual circumstances to be claimed, provided the reasons are evidenced on the preparation note.

Mainly so House remembers it really 🙂

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House must confess that he takes rather guilty pleasure in reading witness statements in anti social behaviour cases.

‘Tenant making loud noise. Sounded like moving furniture’.

‘Tenant making D.I.Y type noises’ 

‘Tenant listening to (insert pop artist here) repeatedly at high volumes’

These are just a few from memory. Now House wouldn’t want many of his clients living next to him but obviously still defends them to the best of his abilities (usually by referring them to a solicitor 🙂 ). House does wonder why Housing Associations and Local Authorities never really bother trying to prove any of the allegations or try any ‘you won’t be homeless’ type remedies before throwing a notice at people.

The fact that client’s homes are usually made of inch think concrete that means that you can here a pin drop next door doesn’t really help either.

A rather pointless ramble admittedly 🙂

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‘I’d like your organisation to take on my case as I think my solicitor isn’t helping me properly because their organisation receives funding from the Council that I have a dispute with’…

Erk… well this won’t be a 35 minutes case then 🙂

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Is there an optimum time for the first interview with a client?

According to the ‘higher powers’ within House’s organisation that time is 45 minutes. House (unsurprisingly) wonders at this.

House has always rather seen clients on a case by case basis. Some cases require not much more than 30 minutes but others, in fact the majority House finds,  will take longer than this. Indeed some can take a few hours. House is aware that there can be a danger of client burnout if the meeting drags on too long but House would rather get the most information he can at the initial meeting. House finds that this makes it easier to progress the case (which obviously may mean getting further information from the client).

House would rather spend a further 30 minutes with the client rather being forced to write to the client for further information that could have been obtained at the initial meeting.

House wonders at how whether other folks who read this blog have set appointment lengths and what their experiences are of such things.

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It appears that Shelter are to make more staff redundant having found a £2.2 million hole in their budget. Quite a large hole one thinks.

On top of the strikes and two rounds of redundancies one imagines the staff at Shelter can’t be happy bunnies. Any further info welcome from those in the know!

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Dilema plus one

House’s job sure is firing out the dilemas (is dilema one m or two?!)  it seems. House has now been told to go into a closed exceptional case (thatis about to be sent off to the LSC), pretend to be the  previous caseworker and write notes justifying the time claimed as if I was that caseworker.

House can’t seem to get his head around this request. Sure the caseworker might have done the work and it may be that they should have written better notes but can House really go in and add to those notes now? Is is a victimless crime if House were to do what House was told?

House doesn’t really wish to do what he’s been told in this instance (again). Is House being a drama queen!?

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