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The abandonment of a right by one party, so that s/he is stopped from claiming it.

Warned date

Where the court has not listed a hearing for an exact date, but is able to 'warn' the parties as to when it is likely to be. Usually, the court will indicate that the hearing will be held during the course of a particular week, otherwise known as a 'trial window'.


An order issued by the court, which authorises a person (eg a bailiff) to put the terms of a judgment into effect (eg to carry out an eviction).

Warrant of delivery

A warrant that allows the court bailiffs to seize goods (or the value of the goods) from a debtor and return them to the creditor.

Warrant of execution

A warrant that allows the court bailiffs to seize goods owned by a debtor in order that they may be sold to satisfy a debt and court costs. Certain goods necessary for basic domestic needs or used in the debtor's employment are protected.

Warrant of possession

This document provides means to enforce a judgment or order for the possession of land. If the tenants or occupiers do not voluntarily leave the land, the court bailiff has powers under the warrant to evict them.

Wednesbury unreasonable

A decision that is perverse, irrational or absurd (from the case of Associated Provincial Picture Houses v Wednesbury Corporation [1948], CA).

Winding up

Bringing the activities of a company to an end, often on the ground that the company is unable to meet its financial responsibilities.

Without prejudice

Where negotiations prior to a court hearing are undertaken with a view to settlement and are conducted 'without prejudice', this means that the circumstances in which the content of these negotiations may be revealed to the court are very restricted. Commonly, negotiations are made 'without prejudice except as to costs', which means that the content of the negotiations may only be revealed to the court when the dispute in the court has been resolved and the court considers the question of costs.

Witness statement

A formal statement of the evidence a witness intends to provide in relation to the matter to be decided by the court.

Witness summons

A document issued by the court requiring a witness to either attend court to give evidence or produce documents to the court.

Women's refuge

Safe emergency accommodation for women (and their children) who are fleeing or at risk of domestic violence.

Worker Authorisation Scheme

Under the Worker Authorisation Scheme, workers from Bulgaria and Romania (the A2 countries) not exempt from worker authorisation only had a right to reside in the UK and were eligible for homelessness assistance during their first year of employment if that employment was authorised during the period of accession. The accession period for the A2 countries ended on 31 December 2013. After this date, A2 nationals have the same rights as other EEA nationals.

A similar scheme and related restrictions apply to workers from Croatia during the accession period from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018.

Worker Registration Scheme

Under the Worker Registration Scheme, a worker from an A8 country (ie Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) only had a right to reside in the UK and was eligible for homelessness assistance during the first year of employment if s/he had registered her/his employment and was working for an authorised employer. This requirement ended on 30 April 2011. After this date A8 nationals have the same rights as other EEA nationals.