Japanese Knotweed is one of the most invasive plants in the UK. It spreads rapidly and can grow up to 10cm a day. It is extremely difficult to eradicate from land and can penetrate foundations, concrete hardstanding and walls, causing considerable damage. The Government has estimated that eradicating it from the UK would cost £2.6 billion.
When settling an application to suspend a warrant for eviction recently, Mary-Rachel McCabe and Simon Mullings had to find a way to prevent third party deductions legislation from rendering their client destitute. Here, they set out the background to the legislation and the details of the case, and suggest recitals that practitioners may find helpful.
It was to llford Town Hall that Shaun Murphy of solicitors Edwards Duthie headed to recently having been invited to meet Mayor of Redbridge Linda Huggett. Whilst there he was able to hand over a cheque from the company in support of the Mayor's charity appeal, with funds raised going to Haven House and St Francis Hospice.
If you watched the news or picked up a paper recently, you'll probably be aware of the case of Owens v Owens - a defended divorce case that's gone all the way to trial and is so incredibly rare it has made headlines. Five justices of the Supreme Court heard legal argument and submissions in the case but we do not expect to receive the judgment for a number of weeks.