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Richard Moss Solicitors was instructed on 30 November 2012 to help a residential landlord defend his tenant’s housing disrepair claim. The instructions were received extremely late because a two-day trial had already been listed for 10 and 11 December 2012.

The landlord’s defence was heavily dependent on his surveyor’s evidence but the landlord did not have the Court’s permission to rely on it at trial so Richard Moss quickly arranged a Court hearing for 5 December 2012 so that his landlord client could ask for the Court’s permission.

At the hearing, Richard Moss advocated against the tenant’s barrister who argued that permission should not be granted. Richard Moss won the argument. Even more, Richard Moss went on to persuade the Court that the trial should be adjourned to March 2013 at the earliest so that he, and his landlord client, would have a proper opportunity to prepare for trial.

This was an excellent result that the client was absolutely delighted with.

Richard Moss Solicitors represented its first client at a trial within its first six months of practice.

The client was defending a claim brought by a recruitment consultant called Red Pepper Recruitment. The trial took place on 9 August 2012 in Manchester County Court and the Judge was persuaded that the client was not liable to pay the money claimed by the recruitment consultant.

This result extends Richard Moss’ phenomenal track record for achieving successful outcomes for his clients at trial.

The Manchester Evening News took a keen interest in Richard Moss Solicitors and, on 2 August 2012, it published an interesting article that briefly touched upon some of the reasons why Richard Moss set up a niche law firm specialising in business-related disputes and property-related disputes.

The MEN’s article can be found here.

Richard Moss Solicitors sponsored ‘J-Unit’, one of the teams competing in the UJIA’s charity, 5-a-side football tournament held at the Power League Stadium, Trafford Park, Manchester on 7 May 2012.

Spectacular performances from J-Unit (Ben Newman, Ben Blackston, Jay Rosenthal, Marc Burns,  Joe Segal and Alex Glassman) saw it reach a gripping semi-final that finished 0-0. Unfortunately, J-Unit did not progress to the final after losing on penalties despite two outstanding saves from its keeper, Joe Segal.

Richard Moss Solicitors were pleased to accept an invitation to be the legal columnist for Manchester’s bimonthly JLife magazine.

We posted our first case review today examining the Court of Appeal’s decision in the landlord and tenant case of Henley v Bloom. Our review covers all the relevant issues and concludes with our advice to landlords and separate advice for tenants.