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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.

January 2015 Meeting

21 January 2015 at pm

Using the Equality Act

The speakers will be:

Tony Ross, Arden Chambers Jamie Burton, Doughty Street Chambers

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

2 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers

HLPA meetings 2015

The programme of members meetings for 2015 is:

USING THE EQUALITY ACT Wednesday 21 January

COMMUNITY CARE AND COURT OF PROTECTION (and AGM)  Wednesday 18 March

HOMELESSNESS UPDATE Wednesday 20 May

DEFENDING POSSESSION CLAIMS Wednesday 15 July

MONEY CLAIMS Wednesday 16 September

HOUSING LAW UPDATE Wednesday 18 November

All meetings will take place from 7.00-9.00pm, apart from the AGM which starts at 6.30pm, at a venue within the University of Westminster. Exact location details will be confirmed prior to each meeting.

November 2014 Meeting

19 November 2014 7 pm

Housing Law Update

The speakers will be: Tessa Buchanan, Garden Court Chambers Robert Brown, Arden Chambers

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

2 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers

Housing Law Conference 2014

Housing Law Conference 2014

10 December 2014

The Royal College of Surgeons 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields London WC2A 3PE

Excelling in Best Practice.

Registration here.

2014 has been the year that Judicial Review has come back into the headlines and to the very centre of housing law. After the disappointments of the bedroom tax and benefit cap Judicial Reviews, it was the means by which the residence test was successfully challenged. It was a rare victory for access to justice in recent years.

But Judicial Review has itself been battered this year. Since April, solicitors and barristers alike carry out Judicial [... read more]