Entries by Jodie Bradford

A blog from our newest member of the team!

by Emma Lant, Generalist Solicitor I am delighted to have recently accepted my offer of employment with North West Leicestershire District Council (NWL Legal), and am already nearly a week into my new career! I am undertaking the newly created role of Generalist Solicitor, where I will be providing assistance to the Legal Team on […]

Six months with NWL Legal

by Claire Reeves, Legal Assistant As I come to the end of six months working within the NWL Legal Team as a Legal Assistant, I have taken time to reflect on my experiences so far. My primary responsibility within the team is to handle all new and existing Housing Disrepair claims received by North West […]

Charging Orders and Orders for Sale

by Kerrie Culverwell, Senior Property Solicitor A Charging Order can be sought to secure a charge in favour of a Creditor over the Debtor’s property. This method is most effective where there is substantial equity in the land or property and where the Debtor is the sole owner. This is because a charging order takes […]

Granting Rights of Way over Council Land

by Helen Lisney, Legal Officer Often Council’s will be asked to grant rights of way over their land.   Below are the two main ways of granting such rights and the implications for each of them. Easement An easement is a right benefitting a defined area of land.    An easement of right of way is a […]

When are a Local Authority’s resources relevant to carrying out a statutory duty?

by Kerryn Woollett, Senior Solicitor Rex (Imam) v Croydon London Borough Council [2023] UKSC 45 The Appellant was a full-time wheelchair user. Since September 2014, Croydon London Borough Council provided her with temporary accommodation under Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. The accommodation consisted of a two-storey property with a through floor lift. The […]

Procurement Guidance Documents

by Kate Hiller, Legal Team Manager On 26 March 2024, the Cabinet Office published a number of guidance documents to accompany the Procurement Act 2023 and the Public Procurement Regulations 2024 that were laid before Parliament the day before. At first glance, they do appear quite helpful.  It is appealing that they are all relatively […]

Applications for Adverse Possession

by Kerrie Culverwell, Senior Property Solicitor Following from Helen’s article concerning encroachments onto Council Owned Land. I thought it would be helpful to discuss adverse possession – which Helen notes as being a potential consequence of encroachments that are left unchallenged. Often referred to as “squatters rights” adverse possession is the act of occupying another’s […]

Encroachments onto Council Owned Land

by Helen Lisney, Legal Officer Encroachments onto Local authority owned land are surprisingly common – e.g. some people whose houses back onto parks, open space, or fields owned by councils seem to think it is perfectly acceptable to increase the size of their gardens by moving their fences to incorporate the extra land. It is […]

A blog from our Senior Property Solicitor

by Kerrie Culverwell, Senior Property Solicitor As I start to wrap up for the eagerly anticipated Christmas and New Year break, it is also an opportunity to reflect on the last seven weeks of my starting with North West Leicestershire District Council (NWL Legal). My previous role was also in a Local Authority, but this […]

The new world of Legal Apprenticeships

by Kate Hiller, Legal Team Manager This year we embarked on recruiting our new trainee and found that the world of legal qualifications had changed, and we were now looking for a legal apprentice.  With support from our colleagues in HR and our chosen training provider, we navigated our way through a new way of […]