Junior HLPA

 

The Junior HLPA group is part of the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association and so is committed to HLPA’s aims. This group is specifically for junior practitioners with five years or fewer PQE.

By joining HLPA Junior Group you will have the opportunity to share ideas and enter into discussions with people at a similar stage in their training, and attend seminars specifically prepared for people at your level. If you would like to be part of the group please email Wallace White.

Jobs

We are not able to advertise jobs on this page of the website, although opportunities of specific interest to junior lawyers are circulated frequently on the Junior HLPA email group.

Those wishing to advertise a position formally should contact HLPA as opposed to the Junior HLPA group.

Socials

We arrange social events periodically throughout the year. These provide an opportunity to meet up and get to know other junior practitioners who are working, or aiming to work, in housing law. All members of the junior group are welcome.

Details of next social:

TBC

Meetings

The Junior HLPA group meets roughly every two to three months at a location in central London. Meetings generally consist of an informal discussion on a topic which is likely to be of interest to junior practitioners.

All members of the junior group are welcome to attend. Please do not feel put off if you are a paralegal/trainee/pupil who is new to this area of law and lacking in experience. The meetings provide a useful opportunity to ask questions which cannot easily be asked elsewhere and to share practical tips.

Our next discussion group will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday 12 August 2020 at 5pm.  We’ll be talking about the problems that junior housing lawyers may be facing, or are likely to face in the near future due to the covid pandemic, and sharing advice and strategies for wellbeing.  Potential topics of debate include:

  • Careers, job security, furlough, redundancies etc.
  • Workloads once the possession stay is lifted
  • Effects of the new practice directions
  • Hints & tips for remote working (managing client contact, remote supervision, working from home)
  • Disciplinary issues & the culture of blaming over-stretched junior lawyers
  • Extended sitting hours (supporting ourselves and each other regarding working hours).

Please make sure you have joined the group (by emailing Wallace White) before signing up to attend a Junior HLPA event.

As a reminder, Junior HLPA’s membership is open to housing lawyers with five years or fewer PQE.

Email Group

The Junior HLPA email group is our primary means of communication with each other. The email group provides a forum to ask questions and discuss topical legal issues. Job opportunities are frequently circulated within the group. Please email Wallace White if you wish to be added to the email group.

Over the years the email group has become a helpful repository of information which may be of use to junior practitioners. For example, details of experts who are willing to work at legal aid rates. To access the historic email discussions, to search this information:

– Go to https://groups.google.com
– Login using the email address which you used to register with the group
– Click on ‘My Groups’
– Click on ‘HLPA Junior Group’
– Either scroll through the historic discussions or use the search function at the top of the page, to find what you are looking for.