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Meeting July 2015

Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 7 pm – members meeting

Defending Possession Claims

Speakers Amy Knight, Barrister, Arden Chambers Thul Khan, Solicitor, Osbornes Solicitors LLP

Portland Hall, School of Law, Regent Campus, University of Westminster, 4 Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7UW.

Meeting 20 May 2015 – homelessness special event

20 May 2015 at 7 pm – Members meeeting

Following the Supreme Court judgment in Johnson, Hotak & Kanu (available here), the meeting will focus on vulnerability and priority need in the light of the judgment. The speakers all acted for an appellant or intervener in the appeals.


Jan Luba QC – Garden Court

Matt Hutchings – Cornerstone Chambers

Zia Nabi – Doughty Street Chambers

Note changed venue

The Boardroom First Floor University of Westminster Headquarters Building 309 Regent Street London W1B 2UW

2 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers


Consultation responses

Three recent consultation responses by HLPA

Evidence to the Welsh Assembly on the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill. May 2015 (Download)

Enhanced Court Fees consultation. February 2015 (download)

DCLG Review of property conditions in the private rented sector. March 2014. (Download)


Guidance on Legal Aid in Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction cases

This paper is intended to provide guidance to HLPA members on the circumstances in which they can continue to represent clients and get paid for Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction work under legal aid following the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014. The changes came into effect on 23 March 2015.

It should however, be noted that at present there are still issues upon which clarification is being sought from the Legal Aid Agency (“LAA”). It is therefore likely that further supplementary guidance will be issued once further information is provided by the LAA.

The Guidance can be downloaded here. [docx format]

Wales – evidence on ‘Renting Homes’

On 20 May 2015, Justin Bates is giving evidence to the Welsh Assembly on the Renting Homes Bill, on behalf of HLPA.

Justin would welcome any member’s views on comments on the Renting Homes Bill, by 3 May 2015. Email justin.bates@ardenchambers.co.uk

Special Event 13 May 2015

The Housing Law Practitioners Association and Shelter Children’s Legal Service present a seminar on

The impact of child welfare duties in housing law

13th May 2015 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Speakers: Martin Westgate QC and Lindsay Johnson, Doughty Street Chambers, Shu Shin Luh, Garden Court Chambers

In two recent cases, SG v DWP and Nzolameso v Westminster CC, the Supreme Court has highlighted the importance of examining the interests of children in the housing or housing related context. In SG v DWP the Court held that the benefit cap violated the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in Nzolameso v Westminster CC [... read more]

Pat Reddin: 1947-2015

Andrew Arden QC records and reflects on the loss of the leading housing surveyor of our times.

This morning, April 13, a day before his 68th birthday, housing surveyor Pat Reddin died following a fall.

For those – few – housing practitioners not familiar with his work, Pat has been the “go to” surveyor for both tenants and social landlords since the early 1970s. Indeed, the founders of housing law at that time were not only Law Centre and legal aid lawyers but others, without whom our work would have been impossible to deliver, who put flesh on the bones of cases involving [... read more]

AGM and Meeting 18 March 2015

The AGM begins at 6.30 pm on 18 March 2015.

The meeting follows at 7 pm.

The topic is Community Care and Court of Protection (including the Care Act 2014)

Speakers Bethan Harris: Garden Court Chambers Dominc Prestion: Doughty Street Chambers

NB Changed Room Room 3.07 on the third floor 4 Little Titchfield Street London W1W 7UW

2 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers

Legal Aid – matter starts

The LAA has issued new matter starts guidance with immediate effect. The key element is that providers “will be able to request or self-grant supplementary matter starts up to 50% of their original allocation.”

This is good news for those who had worked through their allocation. The change follows tireless efforts, argument and meetings with the LAA by Sara Stephens, HLPA Exec member heading the legal aid working group.


Stand for the executive committee

Nominations are open for standing for election to the HLPA executive committee. Any member can stand.

Fancy playing a part in running HLPA? Deciding on meeting topics, or conference content? Having a role in our lobbying, policy or legal aid work? Or chasing members to remind them to renew…

All nominations welcome. The form can be downloaded here. Deadline 2 February 2015.