Following the EU referendum result the rights and responsibilities covered in these course notes won’t change unless new laws are passed. This will take time and we will update relevant courses when appropriate.
‘Excellent course, presented well - highly recommend!’
Homelessness Officer, Lewes DC
- Administrative decision-making
- The principles of judicial review
- Common problems and tactics
- Which decisions are reviewable under s.202 of the Housing Act 1996
- Scope and conduct of s.202 reviews
- Temporary accommodation pending review and appeal
- Appeals to the county court under
After this course, you will be able to:
- Advise clients which procedure for challenge is applicable to different decisions
- Draft review requests and review submissions
- Evaluate homelessness case files in public law terms
- Conduct homelessness investigations and reviews with more confidence
- Advise on issues such as temporary accommodation pending review
- Understand the role of the Ombudsman.
Homelessness and housing options officers, housing advisers and housing support workers. This course assumes that delegates are familiar with the basic definition sections and duties contained in Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996.
Meet the trainer
Tony Martin: London 21 February / 9 May 2017
Tony Martin is a solicitor specialising in landlord and tenant and housing law. Alongside his work as a trainer, Tony supervises a student led legal advice clinic and teaches law at BPP University. He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 in a private Legal Aid firm and then practised as a senior solicitor in a Law Centre. Tony has spent all his working life in housing, having worked in hostels, special needs housing and housing management in the voluntary sector and at a senior level in a homelessness service and in housing policy for a London local authority, prior to qualifying as a solicitor. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Tony has undertaken detailed homelessness and housing options case file reviews for local authorities and voluntary organisations, as well as undertaken staff performance interviews, work shadowing and written summary reports for Shelter Consultancy since 2013.
Gary Willock: York 25 April 2017
Gary has a broad knowledge of housing law and has been practicing in this area for the over 10 years. His housing practice includes homelessness, public law and human rights defences, along with defences involving disability discrimination issues under the Equality Act 2010. In the context of housing cases, Gary also has experience of community care law - including assessments under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 and accommodation under section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948 - as well cases where defendants are protected parties.
Before being called to the Bar, Gary was a partner at a niche housing law firm and therefore has the benefit of practical litigation experience. He regularly delivers practical-based training to solicitors and housing advisers.
Ian Dunn: London 4 August 2017
Ian has worked for Shelter as a trainer and consultant since 2004. He has been working and training in housing law for almost 20 years. As well as lecturing in social welfare law at the University of Westminster he has many years’ experience working with housing associations and local authorities providing tailored courses.
Ian excels at conveying complex information in an easy to understand way and adapting to the knowledge and experience of the group. Ian encourages interaction and questions from participants and has a warm, approachable manner.