Tribunal Statistics

The MOJ has published the tribunal statistics for April to June 2018. Here are the key figures:

• number of single claims lodged increased by 165% compared with the same quarter last year. Tribunal fees were abolished in July 2017, so this is a reliable figure as April to June 2017 was the last full quarter when fees were in force.

• the number of single claims outstanding rose by 130% compared with the same quarter last year. HM Courts & Tribunal Service is in the process of recruiting more employment judges, which will help reduce the backlog in the medium to longer term.

• there have been 12,400 fee refund payments made since the fee refund scheme was introduced, totalling just over £10m.

• disability discrimination cases had the largest average award (£30,700). Religious discrimination claims had the lowest average award (£5,100). The average award for unfair dismissal awards was £15,007.

First book by Counsel Mr Julian Hunt on law of Houses in Multiple Occupation

Foregate Chambers are pleased to announce the publication of the first book by Counsel Mr Julian Hunt on law of Houses in Multiple Occupation –  The Law of Houses in Multiple Occupation: A Practical Guide to HMO Proceedings by Julian Hunt published by Law Brief Publishing available at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1911035657

This useful primer will be of great help to all landlords and agents navigating the difficult task of handling prosecutions and the vast regulation in managing such properties. It sets out in an easy to understand format the law and the potential consequences for landlords who do not abide by the HMO regime.

Julian Hunt comments: “I look forward to agents and landlords of HMOs having this timely book in their arsenal especially as the licencing regime for HMOs is due to expand with the licencing of all properties with five or more tenants unrelated from October this year. At a time of greater returns for HMO investors and their lawyers must be aware of the greater risks from falling foul of HMO regulations. The fact this book can and has been written shows the unique regulatory regime HMO agents and managers face compared to other property owners.”

Julian Hunt is a barrister, called in 2005, and has a vast amount of experience in representing landlords and agents caught in criminal and civil HMO proceedings.

Cross-Border Bankruptcy Law

Michael CONLON is a barrister based firmly in the school of thought that fairness should prevail and common sense apply to all matters financial in the real world. Given this, he has made it his business to assist Irish entrepreneurs in the depths of indebtedness to move their Centre of Main Interest (COMI) in such a way legally as to enable them to become bankrupt under UK law. An in-depth knowledge of cross-border insolvency and EU Law has been the saviour for his clients in this field.

In the first case of its kind since the amended Insolvency Act 2006, Michael Conlon, in 2017, took on the challenge to appeal the decision of the Adjudicator to refuse the application of an Irish business man for bankruptcy under UK jurisdiction and EU Law where he had the onerous burden of a debt to the tune of 1.2 billion Euros.  Battling seemingly unassailable false allegations of failure to move COMI and salting away non-existent assets, Michael Conlon guided the debtor in careful preparation and research to set out the evidence necessary in the presentation of his appeal.

Probably the most knowledgeable barrister in this area of law, Michael may be instructed via Foregate Chambers and his very efficient clerk Julia Vaughan.”

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