In another focused look at social housing law, Maria Liddiard offers a general overview on defending possession claims in the context of the Global 100 case regarding property guardians and house in multiple occupation situations. In particular, the seminar looks at:
CPR 55.8(2) Filing a defence (or not)? Part 24 CPR The second appeal The current approach Undefended claims Defended claims Other thresholds Court’s discretion Application of Global 100 Things to consider for first hearing
Global 100 v Laleva & Anor  EWCA Civ 1835 Birmingham City Council v Stephenson  EWCA Civ 1029 Easyair Ltd v Opal Telecom Ltd  EWHC 339 (Ch) Etherington v Burt  EWHC 95 (QB) Equality Act Akerman-Livingstone
Maria is a pupil, specialising in Crime and Housing at One Pump Court. In her crime seat, Maria assisted with a wide range of defence cases in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts, as well as the Court of Appeal. A number of these have involved defences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Additionally, she has been involved in several cases with mental health aspects, including where a Trial of Fact has been conducted. She has also gained experience related to inquests into death in custody, and parole hearings.
In her Housing seat, Maria is currently observing and working a variety of areas including the prosecution of landlords under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, homelessness and allocations, possession claims and cases involving anti-social behaviour. Many of these cases have also involved issues under the Equality Act 2010.