Law Reform Committee

 

County Court Feedback Surveys

We would like to invite you to provide feedback on your experience of using the County Courts, so that we can collate evidence of current issues with the County Courts for the purpose of an upcoming meeting with HMCTS to discuss County Court user experience. We have prepared a survey comprising 15 short questions, and […]

1st Jul 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

COVID-19 and stay of possession proceedings – further update

Following the issues raised by the PLA and PBA in a joint letter to the Master of the Rolls (click here to read the letter), Practice Direction 51Z – Stay of Possession Proceedings and Extension of Time Limits – Coronavirus was amended on 20 April 2020 to permit, amongst other things, claims to proceed against […]

18th Jun 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

PLA questions Government on the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

The Law Reform Committee of the PLA has put a number of questions and requests for clarification to the Insolvency Service regarding the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill published on 20 May 2020. In particular, concerns have been raised about potential uncertainties, unfairness and unintended consequences for property owners arising out of provisions relating […]

3rd Jun 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

COVID-19 and stay of possession proceedings – update

Following the issues raised by the PLA and PBA in a joint letter to the Master of the Rolls (click here to read the letter), Practice Direction 51Z – Stay of Possession Proceedings and Extension of Time Limits – Coronavirus was amended on 20 April 2020 to permit, amongst other things, claims to proceed against […]

5th May 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

COVID-19 and stay of possession proceedings – response from Master of the Rolls

Following the issues raised by the PLA and PBA in a joint letter to the Master of the Rolls (click here to read the letter), Practice Direction 51Z – Stay of Possession Proceedings and Extension of Time Limits – Coronavirus was amended on 20 April 2020. The important amendments now in force exclude the following […]

23rd Apr 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

COVID-19 and stay of possession proceedings – letter to Master of the Rolls

The PLA and the Property Bar Association (PBA) have jointly written to the Master of the Rolls in connection with the new Practice Direction 51Z, which was made on 26 March 2020 and has the effect of staying all possession proceedings brought under CPR Part 55.  This would not appear limited to the forfeiture moratorium […]

9th Apr 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

COVID-19 forfeiture moratorium – Q&As with MHCLG

The PLA’s Law Reform Committee has put to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) a number of questions and points requiring clarification regarding the protection of business tenancies from forfeiture for non-payment of rent in the Coronavirus Act 2020. This includes what payments and leases are covered by the moratorium, whether parties […]

1st Apr 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Guidance for Users During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The FTT is publishing guidance for users during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Both the Southern and London office are now closed and although the other three centres in Cambridge, Birmingham and Manchester are still open, they are working with reduced capacity.  Parties are asked only to correspond with the Tribunal if absolutely necessary.  If offices are […]

26th Mar 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

Courting disaster: EG article on the County Court users survey by Mathew Ditchburn

In 2015 the PLA surveyed its members on their experience of using the County Court. The results supported anecdotal evidence about how bad court administration had become, with 88% considering that it was not fit for purpose and 91% saying clients had expressed concerns about litigating in the County Court at all. Five years later, […]

24th Feb 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more