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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]

September 2014 Meeting

Wednesday 17 September 2014 7 pm

Housing Money Claims: Deposits and Disrepair

The speakers will be:

Deirdre Forster, Powell Forster Solicitors

David Smith, Anthony Gold Solicitors


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

2 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers

July 2014 Meeting

16 July 2013 at 7 pm

Costs, CFAs and Funding

The speakers will be: David Marshall, Anthony Gold Solicitors Martha Spurrier, Doughty Street Chambers

The venue for the meeting is

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

2 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers

LAA survey on suitability of CFAs

LAA Survey on CFAs HLPA’s Legal Aid Working Group has been working with the LAA to clarify what kinds of cases will and will not be suitable for a CFA. The LAA has a very confused idea, and appears to think that any case in which there is a theoretical possibility of inter parte costs is suitable for a CFA. This is casuing problems for people in obtaining funding in, for example, homeless judicial reviews and s.204 appeals. It is important that the LAA is aware of the limited range of matters for which a CFA is suitable and the very [... read more]

Members’ password

HLPA members should be aware that the password for the members’ area of the site, which contains the speakers’ papers, precedents and more,  will be changing on 28 May 2014. Members who have signed up for 2014 will receive the new password shortly.  A reminder and form for joining for 2014 is here.

May 2014 Meeting

21 May 2014

Anti Social Behaviour Strategy

Speakers: Manjit Mandair, Osbornes Solicitors Tessa Buchanan, Garden Court Chambers

Meeting starts at 7 pm

2 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers.

Please note the location Fyvie Hall University of Westminster 309 Regent Street London W1B 2UW


AGM and Meeting 12 March 2014

AGM 6.30 pm Agenda 1. Welcome and introduction. 2. Report of the Executive Committee for 2013. 3. Annual accounts for 2013. 4. Election results for 20L4.

Meeting 7 pm Homelessness Update Jamie Burton, Doughty Street Chambers Rebekah Carrier, Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors

Room 3.07 University of Westminster 4 Little Titchfield Street London W1W 7UW

Meeting programme 2014

The members’ meeting schedule for 2014 is as follows. Each meeting has speakers at the forefront of the field providing updates and guidance on key issues.

15 January Defending Possession Proceedings: One Year On

12 March Homelessness (and AGM)

21 May Anti-social Behaviour Strategy

16 July Costs, CFAs and Funding

17 September Housing Money Claims: Deposits and Disrepair

19 November Housing Law Update

Meeting are for HLPA members and are usually between 7 and 9 pm.


Meeting 15 January 2014

Defending Possession Proceedings: One Year On

The speakers are: James Harrison, Edwards Duthie Solicitors Derek McConnell, South West Law

7.00 – 9.00pm

Fyvie Hall University of Westminster 309 Regent Street London W1B 2UW

Note the change of venue!

Apologies for the delay in putting up this notice, we were awaiting confirmation of where the meeting would take place.

Consultation Response: Further reform of Judicial Review

HLPA’s response to the Ministry of Justice consultation “Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform” can be downloaded here.