Squatting became a criminal offence in England and Wales on 1 September and will attract a maximum penalty of six month in prison, a £5,000 fine, or both. Affected homeowners can now seek help from the police. Previously, they had to prove trespass in a civil court before taking action to evict squatters. The definition of squatters does not include tenants who fall behind in their rent payments.
Young Bar Conference
This year’s YBA conference will take place on October 6 at the Hotel Russell in London’s Russell Square, WC1. The theme for the conference is ‘Advocates: Be the best.’ The keynote speaker will be Sir Sydney Kentridge, Nelson Mandela’s former defence advocate. The Conference is open to barristers under 10 years’ Call, pupils and BPTC students.