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May 2020

Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales’ first online hearing.

Cathrine Grubb represented the local authority in the first hearing of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales to take place online. 

Civitas Law Housing Team act in forthcoming Court of Appeal case on the interpretation of section 7 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.

The appeal distils to the following issue: should s7 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (‘the 2014 Act’) be interpreted so as to require a Landlord of a property in Wales to be licensed in order to serve a valid notice pursuant to section 8 Housing Act 1988 (‘a section 8 Notice’)?

Elizabeth Marshall writes further on Welsh Housing Law



Further to Rachel Anthony’s observations on PD51Z (April 2020), practitioners might find it useful to know that the Practice Direction has already been amended, clarified, applied in Court, and appealed. 



On 20 April 2020, PD51Z was amended. A new Section 2A excludes the following from the automatic 90 day stay from 26 March 2020: 

i. applications for case management directions, where directions are agreed by the parties; 

Owain Rhys James appointed Deputy District Judge


Chambers is delighted to announce that Owain Rhys James has been appointed by the Lord Chief Justice to sit as a Deputy District Judge. He will sit on the Wales Circuit and will hear cases through the medium of Welsh and English.

Owain's pracice is predominantly in the areas of commercial and construction; chancery and property, public law; and employment. He regularly sits as a Judicial Officer ina sports discplinary context and has experience of employment disciplinary hearings. He will contine to practise whilst fulfilling his part-time judicial responsibilities.