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Business As Usual

Despite the Coronavirus lockdown, we are continuing with business as usual at CLP. Though we are not carrying out any office appointments, we are arranging telephone appointments with both existing and new clients. Please telephone our switchboard on 0121 685 8595. Please note that, during this emergency period, the switchboard will have slightly reduced hours and will be open between 9am and 5pm.

Guildford BC v Cooper & Brazil

This site is in the Green Belt and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  A previous enforcement notice and planning appeal had been dismissed by the Secretary of State in 2014.  Guildford Borough Council (GBC) then declined to determine subsequent planning applications made in 2017 and 2018.  So there was nothing in the pipeline in terms of any outstanding application/appeal when the injunction application was heard earlier this year.

Press Release – London Gypsies and Travellers challenges “Wide Injunctions” in the High Court

© Mike Doherty, Left to right: Brigitta Balogh (pupil barrister); Cllr Richard Bennett (LGT trustee); Christopher Johnson (CLP); Ilinca Diaconsecu (LGT); Marc Willers (Garden Court); Tessa Buchanan (Garden Court); Debby Kennett (LGT); and Tanya Murat (LGT).

Please see the attached Press Release and statement.

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Response of Community Law Partnership to the Birmingham City Centre PSPO Consultation 2019

Introduction

The Community Law Partnership (CLP) is an award winning, progressive firm of solicitors specialising in the law relating to Housing and Public Law. Amongst other things, we provide advice and assistance to homeless people in Birmingham who may include rough sleepers. Some of our clients may have to resort to begging due to being impoverished.

Obviously, nobody condones anti-social behaviour (ASB) but rough sleeping and/or begging do not amount to ASB in themselves. Sufficient methods already exist to deal with ASB such as the Vagrancy Act 1824, the Highways Act 1980 and the Public Order Act 1986. There is a grave danger that any blanket order will catch innocent people who are not guilty of any ASB.

The Community Law Partnership’s Response to the Consultation about Enforcement of Possession Orders and Alignment of Procedures in the County Court and High Court

1. The Community Law Partnership (‘CLP’) is a radical, progressive and award-winning SRA Regulated firm of Solicitors specialising in representing clients in the field of Housing, Public, and Community Care Law.  Based in Central Birmingham, CLP incorporates the ground-breaking national Travellers Advice Team.

2. CLP has been at the forefront of the development of the areas of law that is specialises in and over the last 20 years has seen cases in the superior courts including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Tackling Inequalities Faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities

This is the long awaited report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee which was published on 5 April 2019. Below we have some quotes (in italics) and some comments from us. CLP in conjunction with Ruston Planning made submissions to the Committee but, since our submissions centred on accommodation issues for those who live in caravans, we were wasting our breath apparently (see below).

LASPO Review

The Government’s long awaited review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 has finally been published: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/777038/post-implementation-review-of-part-1-of-laspo.pdf

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has also published an ‘action plan’: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/777036/legal-support-the-way-ahead.pdf