Childhood’s End? The Court of Justice upholds unaccompanied child refugees’ right to family reunion

Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex Turning 18 is a big moment in any young person’s life. Although it rarely entails, by itself, an immediate change in their social and economic links with their parents, it is widely recognised as a significant rite of legal passage, marking as it does the official date of becoming an adult. But what if the main legal impact of turning 18 is not the enhancement of a young person’s legal rights, but rather their deterioration? That is often the scenario in immigration or asylum…

25% of surveyors believe HTB is failing second steppers

Data from the latest RICS Residential Market Survey has shown that quarter of respondents believe the government’s Help to Buy scheme is causing difficulties for second steppers. People who took part in the survey were asked if the Help to Buy scheme was making it harder for second steppers to move because potential purchasers of their properties have a greater incentive to buy a new build home. The results show views to be extremely mixed. While 25% of survey participants feel Help to…

Mulligan on Diverse Originalism @MulliganEsq ‏

Christina Mulligan, Brooklyn Law School, is publishing Diverse Originalism in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. Here is the abstract. Originalism has a difficult relationship with race and gender. People of color and white women were largely absent from the process of drafting and ratifying the Constitution. Today, self-described originalists are overwhelmingly white men. In light of these realities, can originalism solve its “race and gender” problems while continuing to be originalist? This Article argues that originalists can take several actions today to address originalism’s race and gender…

Record low rate product launched at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank have announced that they have launched their lowest ever mortgage rate of 0.99%. According to the lender, the two-year discounted standard variable rate is available at 60% LTV for loans of between £80,000 and £400,000. The product comes with an arrangement fee for new customers of £1,449 and is available via intermediaries. Caroline Graham, head of mortgages at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, said: “We are offering our lowest ever mortgage rate which – if interest rates remain at…

Moustaira on Who Needs Comparative Law @emoustai

Elina Moustaira, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Law, is publishing Who Needs Comparative Law?! What a Question! in Comparazione e Diritto Civile (2017). Here is the abstract. It is argued that in a world of steadily increasing contacts and mutual influences, we need to understand the other people, the other laws. It does not suffice to cite descriptions of law’s function or of various states’ attitudes towards the law. Thus, the comparative perspective is used in order to approach and comprehend a legal culture. Download the article…

Countryside buys Westleigh Group | Property Reporter

Countryside Properties has acquired housebuilder Westleigh Group in a deal worth up to £135.4 million. Established in 1985, Westleigh is a Leicester-based partnerships business building homes in the Midlands and South Yorkshire. In its year ending March 31 2018, it delivered 1,159 homes in partnership with local authorities and housing associations, 92% of which were affordable. Its unaudited revenue for the year was £150.6 million with an operating profit of £15.6 million. Chris Beighton will step down from his post on completion on…

How much would you pay for a house the size of a parking space?

At only 5m by 2.5m, it’s compact to say the least. Yet a three-storey house the size of a parking space has been valued at £170,000 by one of the region’s biggest estate agents. Jaspal Dhillon, boss of Places Birmingham, said the award-winning ‘Tikku’ house which has taken up residency in Brindleyplace would make a fantastic home. The house arrived in the city on April 5 to highlight the dependency on cars and the alternatives you can have in their place. Brought…

Which UK city has the most security conscious residents?

A new study by home security retailer, safe.co.uk, has analysed national sales data across product ranges such as CCTV, alarms and locks, revealing that as a nation, our average spend has increased by 12% year on year. According to the findings, sales of home security products per capita are the highest in Leicester, with homeowners in the East Midlands city increasing their year on year sales by 86%. Preston and Liverpool came in second and third for highest sales figures. In stark contrast,…

Top tips for a stress free move with your pet

April could see over 50,000 people moving home. However, although this can be an exciting time, the disruption and anxiety caused by a home move can also cause stress to our pets. Dogs in particular like consistency and a home move can create behavioural problems. As it’s National Pet Month, home moving and insurance tech firm, buzzmove, offers it’s Top Tips help movers and their pets cope with a change of location. Damien Seaman, Head of Brand at buzzmove, commented, “Home moves can…

Rental sector remains resilient amid gloomy housing market

The latest data and analysis from HomeLet has revealed rental prices across the UK have shown a modest rise in the first quarter of 2018. Overall, rents have risen by 0.9% in the last twelve months, equating to an average monthly increase of £3 per property. Martin Totty, chief executive of HomeLet, had this to say: “Rental price inflation was much more stable over the whole of 2017 compared to 2016, when rents rose at an annual rate of more than 4% in the…