Allison on The Westminster Parliament’s Formal Sovereignty in Britain and Europe from a Historical Perspective @cambridgelaw

John W. F. Allison, Cambridge University Faculty of Law, has published The Westminster Parliament’s Formal Sovereignty in Britain and Europe from a Historical Perspective as University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 47/2018. Here is the abstract. In the historical backdrop to domestic British debates about Brexit has been tension between two contrasting and competing conceptions of the Westminster Parliament’s sovereignty. In issue has been whether or how parliamentary sovereignty has been subject to constraint, to limitations of form or substance, in strict legal theory or in practical…

Special Volume–New Deadline For Articles October 31, 2018

Special Volume on “Aesthetics and Terrorism”NEW deadline: October 31, 2018Contact: emmareto@enl.uoa.gr. Terrorism is unfortunately ubiquitous in the contemporary world. In the post-9/11 era, so-called “political violence” in the form of state or anti-state activity has placed itself at the very center of international politics and policies. But, of course, terrorist violence is not a recent phenomenon; rather, it has always preoccupied the minds of authorities, shattered the every-day routines of citizens, victimized thousands of people, but at the same time intrigued or even fascinated humanity with its unpredictability and suddenness.…

Surveillance, Social Media, and Identity–Closes August 30, 2018

Law & Humanities Blog: Call For Papers: Surveillance, Social Media, and Identity–Closes August 30, 2018 skip to main | skip to sidebar Call For Papers: Surveillance, Social Media, and Identity–Closes August 30, 2018 Surveillance, Social Media, & Identity  24th – 25th October 2018  De Montfort University, Clephan Building, Bonners Lane, Leicester SUBMIT: 250-word abstract to mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk by 30th August 2018 with name/title/affiliation  SEND FULL PAPERS: 6,000-8,000 words to mdcevent@dmu.ac.uk by 8th October 2018 (peer reviewed material will be considered for IJMD, see below) REGISTER: Conference is free, with lunch provided, but register at Eventbrite link –  (See below…

Investec launches ten-year buy-to-let product

“Listening to our clients’ requirements, there was strong demand for a longer-term fixed product, particularly with future interest rate rises anticipated.” Investec Private Bank has launched a ten-year buy-to-let fixed rate. The product is available from 3.69% and allows borrowers to overpay up to 10% per annum without an early repayment charge. Peter Izard, business development manager at Investec Private Bank, commented: “Despite uncertainty in the buy-to-let market and the potential impact of Brexit, it continues to show resilience and the fundamentals remain…

Shawbrook predicts ‘continued dampening’ of BTL sector until 2021

” We have seen the impact felt more heavily amongst the “amateur” landlord community which has presented growth opportunities for professional investors.” Shawbrook Bank forecasts a ‘continued dampening’ of the buy-to-let sector over the next three years, before the market stabilises in 2021 and returns to growth in the following two years. Its report, compiled by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, forecasts buy-to-let market activity up to 2023 and compares this projection with a scenario in which the government’s various policy…

Scottish house prices drop for second month

“The market in Scotland has noticeably slowed as we’ve gone into the summer yet it still shows some strong annual growth” Scottish house prices have fallen for the second month in a row, down 0.7% in June, with transactions 11% lower in the first quarter of the year than 12 months before, according to the latest Your Move data. Nevertheless, annual growth is still 4.4%, despite a third month in which the rate has slowed. At the end of June, the average price…

A fifth of landlords intend to stay in buy-to-let for life

“With so much interest in investing in the long-term, it is therefore imperative that newer landlords are sufficiently supported to avoid any knee-jerk exits.” One in five individual and portfolio landlords intend to remain in the buy-to-let market indefinitely, according to research from Foundation Home Loans. Unperturbed by recent regulatory and tax changes paving the way for exit and indications of a ‘mass exodus’, 18% of landlords said they would expect to remain a landlord indefinitely, and 19% of landlords with four properties…

Greater London house prices stall for first time in eight years

“Should recent trends persist, prices in the capital will continue to tread water whilst the rest of the country slowly plays catch up.” House prices per square metre stalled for the first time in eight years in Greater London, according to new Halifax data. Greater London house prices per m2 experienced the lowest growth in Great Britain over the last 12 months, whilst the North and South East had the second lowest, growing just 2% each to £1,364 and £3,215 per m2 respectively.…

Home-movers must act now to move by Christmas: Rightmove

“For a seller to increase their odds and beat the average timescales they need to be more pro-active than other sellers. ” Home-movers who want to move in by the traditional Christmas deadline, now only 18 weeks away, need to act now to do so, Rightmove has warned. The average time from agreeing a sale to moving in is 13 weeks so prospective buyers should be active in the market right now and make sure they have necessary finances in place. For…

Who has been Britain’s best housing minister?

“With every new housing minister comes a new set of empty promises about improving the state of the market but we’ve seen very little action, particularly of late.” Despite Gavin Barwell’s relatively short 11-month term as housing minister, he has had the most success in the last eight years where new housing is concerned, according to Emoov research. With 184,460 homes completed during his tenure, an average of 16,769 per month or 559 per day, Gavin Barwell tops the list based on the…