The essential practitioners’ guide for lawyers doing eviction proceedings
Ben has often written about his admiration of the LAG book Defending Possession Proceedings. I, however, have another preference. It’s for Residential Possession Proceedings by Gary Webber and Daniel Dovar.
It’s probably down to our work. Ben does defence work, so the LAG book is orientated to his needs. Although I did help tenants defend claims back in the day, my main work has always been acting for landlords in eviction proceedings and, in recent years, maintaining my Eviction Guide.
And for a lawyer who wants to bring an eviction claim – this book is great.
I say ‘a lawyer’ as it is not, I have to say, a lively read. Non-lawyers will find it hard going. But the book isn’t written for non-lawyers. It’s written for busy practitioners who want to know the answer to a question NOW – with statute and case references. And this book delivers.
For example, I have just been drafting up an ‘Advice Guide‘ for tenants on tenant’s Notices to Quit. I was a bit hazy about the detail but a quick check in the “Residential Possession Proceedings’ index, and there you go – section 3.020, everything I needed to know. Done. Thank you, Webber and Dovar!
Showing too, that the book is also useful for tenants lawyers!
There has been a considerable amount of change in the law relating to eviction proceedings since the last edition. This 10th Edition brings the law up to date to November 2016 (I have been a bit tardy in doing this review – sorry Gary). For example:
- The new rules about section 21 notices
- The ever increasing complexity in the deposit legislation brought about by the inappropriately named ‘Deregulation Act’
- The implementation of the Law Commission Rented Homes 2006 recommendations in Wales, and of course
- New case law
As it is a practitioners book, it is not cheap at £120 in paperback (£112 on Amazon). However, if you are a legal practitioner doing residential landlord and tenant work – particularly if you do eviction proceedings work, this book is a ‘must buy’.