“The Music Man” and the Law @LawLibCongress

Jim Martin of the Law Library of Congress investigates legal issues raised in the iconic film The Music Man here in a post for the blog In Custodia Legis. Mr. Martin points out, for example, One law that appears very early in the movie is when the train that Harold Hill is riding enters Iowa. At that point the conductor announces that “cigarettes illegal in this state,” and removes a cigarette from the hand of one of the passengers. I figured that was just part of the script but the movie…

Curating a Miscarriage of Justice @UTSLaw

Katherine Biber, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law, is publishing Evidence in the Museum: Curating a Miscarriage of Justice in Theoretical Criminology (2018). Here is the abstract. After the conclusion of criminal proceedings, criminal evidence sometimes survives in what is described here as an afterlife. In its afterlife, criminal evidence is preserved in various locations; this article explores the museum as a repository for evidentiary exhibits. It examines the case of Lindy Chamberlain, the victim of Australia’s most notorious miscarriage of justice, and the evidence that has survived since…

The Papers of Lindy Chamberlain @UTSLaw

Katherine Biber, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law, has published The Archival Turn in Law: The Papers of Lindy Chamberlain in the National Library of Australia at 36 Sydney Law Review 277 (2018). Here is the abstract. Lindy Chamberlain is the victim of Australia’s most notorious miscarriage of justice; in 1982 she was wrongly convicted of the murder of her baby daughter, Azaria. In the decades following her exoneration, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, as she is now known, came to an arrangement with the National Library of Australia to care for…

Why a Family Lawyer Is Essential

When we talk about lawyers, the most popular types are probably the criminal and corporate lawyers-with the divorce lawyers coming at a close third. These are all just observations, but you have to admit that it makes sense. Family lawyers probably do not make the cut when we speak about popularity. But you know what? They are important nonetheless. Why else would family law be included in the Constitution? So, if you are still asking why you need a lawyer like the title above, let me point out some basic…

Foundation announce launch of new large loan BTL product

Foundation Home Loans has announced that it has launched a new product that will be available to both individuals, limited companies and both portfolio and non-portfolio landlords for loans of up to £1.5m. According to the lender, five-year fixed rates start at 2.99% up to 65% LTV, with an interest cover ratio of 125% x pay rate for limited companies and 145% for individuals. Andrew Ferguson, commercial director at Foundation Home Loans, said: “Having listened to our broker network, we have launched a…

Women overtaking men in the property investment world

Property investment can sometimes be considered as a ‘man’s world’. However, new research out today suggests that women are just as likely to get into the lucrative market. A study of over 1,000 people asked the UK population what they have invested in and what they’d consider investing in. Property investment won by a landslide as 40% of people said housing would be their first investment choice, if money was not an issue. It seems that half of those have already done do…

Could the prolonged heatwave increase a risk of subsidence?

As Britain’s longest heatwave in five years continues, Hamilton Fraser, who provide specialist insurance services to the private rented sector, have issued a warning to landlords to ensure they have sufficient buildings insurance, as the shortage of rain puts properties at increased risk of subsidence. In extreme cases, such damage can result in houses being uninhabitable while repairs are being carried out. Subsidence is the downward movement of the ground supporting the building. Typically, claims for subsidence increase over the warmer months as…

New generation of investors attracted by a changing industry landscape

New data and analysis from auction firm, John Pye Property, has found that an increase in the number of affordable properties coming to market and the growing power of the digital property market is giving rise to a new breed of property investors. With research showing that a greater range of appealing properties are available now in comparison to five years ago, increasing numbers of fledgling investors are now getting involved in the market. Richard Reed, head of property at John Pye Property,…

Estate agents warned to switch from Ombudsman Services for redress

Estate agents signed up with Ombudsman Services for redress in the property sector are being reminded by National Trading Standards that OS will no longer be providing redress in that sector after 6th August. The two remaining approved redress schemes after that date will be The Property Ombudsman and the Property Redress Scheme. The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) is urging any estate agent still signed up with Ombudsman Services to switch to one of the other schemes as soon as…

UK tops list of preferred holiday rental locations

New research from Hitachi Personal Finance has revealed that when given the choice of some of the world’s most popular places to own a holiday home, almost one in ten (9%) Brits would choose to own a holiday rental here in the UK. This is despite the fact that the majority (7%) think that holiday rentals in Sydney or Paris would make them the most money. The study asked 1,000 UK adults to choose where they would most like to own a holiday…