Black Panther and Postcolonial Critique @CambridgeUP @theblackpanther

Call for Papers Black Panther and Postcolonial Critique Submission deadline: 1 March, 2019 The smashing success of Ryan Coogler’s 2018 blockbuster Black Panther has stimulated countless interpretations built on terms orbiting around developments in the US, but there is another interpretative frame hiding in plain view that needs to be explored: the film’s heavy reliance on dominant tropes of postcolonial critique, particularly its Black Atlantic/Black Studies inflections. Adeleke Adeeko is guest editing a special issue on Black Panther for The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry that proposes to examine this important film’s entanglements…

EU Law Analysis: Brexit, asylum and the rights of the child: clarification from the CJEU

Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex What effect does Brexit have on asylum issues? That was one of the issues in a recent judgment of the CJEU, responding to a request from the Irish High Court which apparently affected a number of cases pending in Ireland. The judgment further addressed issues relating to the rights of child asylum-seekers, and the degree of discretion a Member State has under the EU’s Dublin rules on allocation of responsibility for considering asylum applications. The case concerned a family of three asylum-seekers. Two had…

Newbury BS launch retirement interest-only mortgage

Newbury Building Society has announced that it has launched a brand new product aimed at supporting borrowers in their later life. According to the lender, to be eligible for their RIO mortgage product, applicants must be a minimum age of 60 years old. There is no maximum age but borrowers must be retired and in receipt of their pension. As incentives, the Society will offer a free standard mortgage valuation for properties valued up to £1million, offer free legal for remortgages, and accept…

Why are people taking longer to buy and sell homes?

Diminishing demand amongst foreign buyers and pending Brexit negotiations have left the housing market in a particular lull. As a result, there has been a slowdown in property transactions, with home buyers and sellers taking more caution amidst economic uncertainty. Homeowners wanting to sell their property are finding themselves having to wait a lot longer than they did a year ago, with buyers now taking more time to make decisions. At the beginning of 2016 the average buyer took 53 minutes during the viewing…

At last we are moving away from a state of limbo over NDAs | Employment Law Blog

NDAs and Brexit have this in common. Whilst many may be unhappy and confused with the current position, consensus on the way forward has thus far proved elusive.  That may now be changing. The process began last year in light of the #Metoo campaign and in the aftermath of the Presidents Club Dinner at the end of January 2018.  First, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) issued a Warning Notice in March making clear that whilst NDAs were not prohibited per se, they could not be used as a means of…

2018 was the best year for renters in a decade, says The DPS

According to the latest data and analysis from The Deposit Protection Service, a fall in annual rent and wage inflation saw 2018 as more affordable year for tenants. The data revealed that 2018 was the first calendar year since the global financial crisis of 2008 that average rents decreased in the UK, with the percentage of wages spent on rents dropping 0.5% to 31%, according to The DPS Rent IndexTM. Wages increased on average by 2.83%, according to ONS data for the period…

What are the top amenities Brits most want when moving to a new area?

The old mantra of ‘location, location, location’ has been drummed into our heads for years and is synonymous with buying a new home. But when it comes to moving house, what exactly makes a place desirable to live? Traditionally, many Brits have often sought homes which fall within the catchment area of a good school , but according to new research from regulated property buyer, Good Move, the amenities Brits most want in their local area, revealed some surprising results. According to the…

Landlord confidence in UK economy crashes to five-year low

The latest research and data from BM Solutions has revealed that Landlord confidence in the UK’s economy has fallen by 8% year-on-year to historically low levels. BM Solutions found that landlords are feeling the impact of government reform, particularly those with larger portfolios, with 55% saying their level of profitability has been affected since changes to the buy-to-let market were announced in 2015. Larger portfolio and mortgage buy-to-let landlords experienced this the most, with 75% of landlords managing between 11 and 19 properties…

BTL range refreshed at Foundation

Foundation Home Loans has announced that it has updated its BTL range to ensure greater transparency for intermediaries and will offer competitive BTL products for individuals, limited companies and portfolio landlords. According to the lender, the range has been split into two catagories, F1 and F2. F1 is for existing and new landlord clients with a predominantly clean credit history financing less complex property types. Whereas F2 is for existing landlords who are financing specialist property types including HMOs, short term lets and Multi…

Working with appropriately regulated mortgage advisers

When you arrange a mortgage for a house you want to live in, this is called a residential mortgage. A mortgage broker who provides advice on this type of mortgage must be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA is the regulatory body that makes sure that advisers are appropriately qualified, run a solvent business, treat customers fairly and maintain their knowledge through continuous professional development. However, many consumers do not realise that the FCA does not authorise all mortgage products…