News, events and consultations

Next HLPA Meeting 20th July 2016

20 July 2016 at earlier time of 6.30 pm.

Judicial Review and Housing

Martin Westgate QC, Doughty Street Chambers
James Harrison, Edwards Duthie Solicitors

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

Next meeting – May 2016

11 May 2016 at earlier time of 6.30 pm.

Anti-social behaviour update.

Edward Fitzpatrick, Garden Court Chambers
Andrew Lane, Cornerstone Barristers

Venue: University of Westminster
The Boardroom
First Floor
University of Westminster Headquarters Building
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2HW

Briggs Review of Civil Courts Structure

In reply to the request for comment on the Interim Report of the Briggs LJ review of the Civil Courts Structure, HLPA submitted a further detailed response on the specific issues raised for housing law. The response can be downloaded here. HLPA had previously offered more general views in response to a request for informal consultation.

Lord Briggs has expressed an interest in a further discussion of issues around the review of the civil courts structure with HLPA.

Next meeting & AGM – 16 March 2016

The AGM will start at 6.30 pm

Meeting follows the AGM

Homelessness: One year one from the Supreme Court

The speakers will be:
Liz Davies, Garden Court Chambers
Dominic Preston, Doughty Street Chambers

Room 3.07, School of Law, University of Westminster
4 Little Titchfield Street

Stand for HLPA executive

The positions of HLPA Chair and Vice-Chair together with three places on the Executive Committee will become vacant in March 2016.  Members are therefore now invited to put themselves forward as candidates for Chair and Vice-Chair for a two-year term of office and for the Executive Committee for a three-year term of office.

Please put in your candidacy by 1 February 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The form can be downloaded here, with the address to which it is to be sent.

January 2016 Meeting

Wednesday 20 January 2016
7 pm – 9 pm

Private Rented Sector – the new world.

Covering all of the Deregulation Act changes that are now in force, from deposits to ‘use it or lose it’ rules on Section 21 notices. Also covering ‘Right to Rent’ before it comes into force nationally on 1 February 2016.

Adrian Berry – Garden Court Chambers
David Smith – Anthony Gold Solicitors

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

2 hours CPD for solicitors and barristers

HLPA gives evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees

HLPA members and executive committee members have been active in giving evidence to Parliamentary select committees in the last year. The video recordings of the sessions are below.

Justice Select Committee – 21 October 2014.
Member Connor Johnston and exec members John Gallagher and Sara Stephens gave evidence on the effects of LASPO

Work and Pensions Select Committee – 18 November 2015
2015 Chair Giles Peaker gave evidence on housing need, benefit reform and discretionary housing payments (from 9.47)

House of Lords Equality Act 2014 and Disability Select Committee – 24 November 2015
2015 Vice Chair Justin Bates gave evidence on the position on housing of the Equality Act

November 2015 meeting

18 November 2015

Members’ meeting – Housing Law Update

District Judge Tracey Bloom
John Gallagher – Shelter

Meeting starts at 7 pm.

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