EU Law Analysis: Analysis of the ECtHR judgment in Big Brother Watch: part 2

Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex (These comments on the judgment follow part 1 of the analysis, which explained the Court’s reasoning). The Big Brother Watch judgment is, depending on your point of view, a confirmation of the possibility of bulk surveillance (para 314) or a recognition of the fact that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) regime was insufficient and that, to the extent that these weaknesses are copied over into the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA), that act is deficient also.  These two different views…

Tenant evictions due to selling cost landlords £500m

The latest data from buy-to-let marketplace, Vesta, has revealed that landlords are losing over £500 million as they are encouraged to sell properties tenant free. According to the figures, over half a billion of rental income is lost annually because private landlords are evicting good tenants mistakenly believing that they need to sell their properties tenant-free. The average landlord loses over 3 months’ rent as a result of evicting tenants to sell. Loss to a single private landlord – typically with just one…

Landbay announce new partnership with Sesame and PMS

Specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender, Landbay, has announced that it has forged a new partnership with the Sesame Network and PMS Mortgage Club. The new partnership aims to provide brokers and their landlords with access to its specialist lending products. Landbay joins the two panels to offer Sesame and PMS’ intermediaries products for portfolio landlords, HMOs, MUFBs, first time landlords, limited companies and new build properties. Sesame and PMS members will, in turn, be able to access Landbay’s online intermediary portal, which includes features…

House prices in London’s commuter belt set to bear the brunt of a no-deal Brexit

New data and analysis from property investment platform, British Pearl, has identified which areas of the country are likely to see the biggest fall in house prices in the event of no deal being reached on our departure from the EU. According to the findings, a highly polarised housing market means property prices across London’s commuter belt will be hardest hit with places like Stevenage, Watford and Hastings “feeling the full brunt of the no-deal sledgehammer”. The average detached house in Stevenage was…

Domingo on Sources of Roman Law

Rafael Domingo, Emory School of Law; University of Navarra School of Law, has published Sources of Roman Law. Here is the abstract. This chapter addresses the origin and development of Roman legal sources — that is, the methods and procedures for establishing new legally binding rules, standards, and norms. The source of a legal norm gives it ultimate validity. Legal sources can be classified in many different ways. In this chapter the classification will be based on the distinction between power (potestas) and authority (auctoritas) because this is probably the…