The Housing Law Practitioners Association was set up to provide a forum for practitioners working in the housing field to share knowledge and information. Membership is open to all those who use housing law for the benefit of the homeless, tenants, and other occupiers of housing. Current members include solicitors, barristers, advice workers, independent environmental health officers and other housing specialists.


HLPA has regular events for members, and special events for all. The very latest in housing law practice, delivered by those involved. Notes and handouts available to all members on the website soon after each meeting. For the next meeting:

Latest update

HLPA intervenes in Court of Appeal case of Arkin v Marshall

HLPA’s application to intervene by way of written submissions in Arkin v Marshall has been granted. This is a first for HLPA and was only made possible due to the overwhelming response from our members, provided in record time. The responses received were detailed and shows the real and substantial difficulties faced by our members in representing their clients during this crisis. It has formed the evidence relied by us in the appeal. By taking part, HLPAs members can be assured that their voices will be heard in this profoundly important case.

The government has also applied to intervene.

Arkin v Marshall will consider whether Practice Direction 51Z is (a) ultra vires, (b) whether it applies to cases that have been allocated to the multi-track, and (c) whether the stay can be lifted.

HLPA’s position is that PD 51Z is not ultra vires and the stay cannot be lifted. If it can be, this should only be in exceptional circumstances.

Thank you to all of our members and we will continue to keep you updated.


Next HLPA meeting 18th September 2019

Homelessness and Suitability Update  The Speakers will be John Gallagher of Shelter and another to be confirmed The Location of the Meeting will be BPP Law School, Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, 68-70 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4NY

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Next HLPA Meeting 15th May 2019

Fitness for Habitation The speakers will be Steve Lawrence of the Health and Housing Group and Giles Peaker of Anthony Gold Solicitors. The location of the meeting is BPP Professional Education, Lecture Theatre, Lower Ground Floor, 137 Stamford St, London, SE1...

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News and Updates

Timeline & Guidance – Coronavirus & Housing Law

HLPA has added a page to this website setting out the timeline of events in the ongoing public health crisis and with links to guidance relevant to HLPA members. The webpage is http://www.hlpa.org.uk/cms/home/housing-in-the-covid-19-era/?et_fb=1&PageSpeed=off

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Members’ meetings every two months – with speakers at the forefront of housing law giving updates on recent developments and practice.

Papers and notes for past meetings are available for members to download.


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