Shelter e-bulletin – March 2020

By Isabelle (IMA) in on Apr 01, 2020

March 2020 e-bulletin update from the Shelter Specialist Debt Advice Service.

News and legal updates – Coronavirus:

  • Court service suspends possession action and notice to end tenancy extends to 3
  • Mortgage payment breaks
  • The Insolvency Service Special Bulletins
  • LGSCO has suspended casework on new and existing enquiries
  • £500 million Hardship Fund available for discretionary support and council tax relief
  • Marston Holdings suspends enforcement action
  • High Court Enforcement Group temporarily suspends visits by enforcement agents
  • CIVEA confirms suspension of enforcement action
  • Amigo Loans has suspended lending to some new customers
  • Update from the Lord Chief Justice on court hearings during Coronavirus
  • Court fee for applications to adjourn court hearing can be waived due to COVID-19
  • HMRC Helpline set up
  • Interest rate further reduced to 0.1%
  • FCA requires firms to consider impact of Coronavirus
  • Sandwell Council suspends debt-related court action during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • CPAG calls for further steps to be taken by the government during the pandemic
  • Money and Pensions Service have produced new guidance for the public
  • Ombudsman News Issue 150
  • Award limit for complaints to FOS to be increased to £355,000
  • Contactless card payments limit increased to £45

Enquiry of the month

This month’s featured enquiry is concerned with a client’s application to set aside a
judgment where the client’s abusive ex-partner had obtained a County Court Judgment
against her in the sum of £650 in relation to an engagement ring he had bought her.

Case law and important decisions 

This month’s edition highlights the following developments in case law:

  • Both pre-action conduct and the question of promptness are considered when
    making an application to set aside a default judgment – Core-Export SpA and other companies v Yang Ming Marine Transportation Corp and another company [2020] EWHC 425 (Comm),
  • Consideration of non-bankrupt spouse’s claim for beneficial interest in solely owned property – Pillmoor (as trustee of the bankruptcy estate of Mohammed Erfan Miah) v Miah and another [2019] EWHC 3696 (Ch)
  • High Court considers the definition of ‘family’ under insolvency legislation and the
    impact of an Income Payments Agreement – Fowlds v Bucknall & Another [2020] EWHC 329 (Ch)


This month’s Spotlight article features guidance on how disability benefit lump sums and premiums are treated in a DRO for the purposes of income.

Download the Shelter e-bulletin March 2020


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