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Improving procedural fairness in housing possession cases (2019)
Journal Article
Whitehouse, L., Bright, S., & Dhami, M. (2019). Improving procedural fairness in housing possession cases. Civil justice quarterly, 38(3), 351-375

This article offers an insight into the context and practice of housing possession hearings in which a social landlord seeks a possession order against a tenant who is in rent arrears. Drawing on the findings of the authors’ empirical research supple... Read More

Empirical research methods in property law (2015)
Book Chapter
Whitehouse, L., & Bright, S. (2015). Empirical research methods in property law. In S. Blandy, & S. Bright (Eds.), Researching Property Law, 43-59. Palgrave Macmillan

The first legal mortgagor: a consumer without adequate protection? (2015)
Journal Article
Whitehouse, L. (2015). The first legal mortgagor: a consumer without adequate protection?. Journal of consumer policy, 38(2), 161-180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10603-015-9284-6

This article contends that the UK government’s attempt to create a well-functioning consumer credit market will be undermined if it fails to reform the private law framework relating to the first legal mortgage. Such agreements are governed by two di... Read More

The empirical approach to research in property law (2014)
Journal Article
Whitehouse, L., & Bright, S. (2014). The empirical approach to research in property law. Property Law Review, 3(3), 176-185

This article offers an account of the unique characteristics, challenges and benefits of empirical legal research. The authors explain that empirical legal research involves the collection and observation of data through a variety of research techniq... Read More

The key to change (2014)
Journal Article
Bright, S., & Whitehouse, L. (2014). The key to change. New Law Journal, 164(7619), 13-14

IN BRIEF • Four out of five people facing eviction may receive no legal help. • A “one-stop” advice shop should be available before the hearing. • There needs to be more “eye-catching” information to encourage defendants to attend court. Following ou... Read More

Losing a home : does the current housing possession process provide effective access to justice? (2014)
Journal Article
Whitehouse, L., & Bright, S. (2014). Losing a home : does the current housing possession process provide effective access to justice?. New Law Journal, 164(7611), 16-17

In brief: • There is a lack of joined up thinking within the housing possession process. • The amount of time and resources devoted to these cases fails to recognise the importance that occupiers attach to the prospect of losing a home, as well as th... Read More

The opportunities and challenges of empirical work: Housing possession in theory and in practice (2013)
Journal Article
Bright, S., & Whitehouse, L. (in press). The opportunities and challenges of empirical work: Housing possession in theory and in practice. University of Oxford Legal Research Paper Series, 50, https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2262709

This paper explains how empirical enquiry of the kind unburdened by the pursuit of a particular hypothesis or strict adherence to scientific methods, has much to offer in terms of developing our understanding of law and, in particular, the traditiona... Read More

Making the case for socio-legal research in land law: Renner and the law of mortgage (2010)
Journal Article
Whitehouse, L. (2010). Making the case for socio-legal research in land law: Renner and the law of mortgage. Journal of Law and Society, 37(4), 545-568. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6478.2010.00521.x

The aim of this article is to enhance knowledge of and to encourage further research into two areas not traditionally the subject of socio-legal research, namely, the work of Karl Renner and the English law of mortgage, for three reasons. First, an a... Read More

The mortgage arrears pre-action protocol : an opportunity lost (2009)
Journal Article
Whitehouse, L. (2009). The mortgage arrears pre-action protocol : an opportunity lost. Modern Law Review, 72(5), 793-814. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.2009.00768.x

In February 2008, the Civil Justice Council circulated for consultation a mortgage arrears pre-action protocol that proposed some of the most radical and significant reforms of the repossession process for a century. Hinting at a return to the equita... Read More