Housing Law: Update

A one-day seminar for experienced practitioners. Provides an update regarding key developments in housing law, with an emphasis on recent case law decisions and their implications for housing advice and casework.

Public course dates
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22 Feb 2018 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00

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13 Mar 2018 Manchester £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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23 May 2018 Birmingham £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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19 Jun 2018 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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‘Excellent training - clear, comprehensive and relevant.’

Trainer, National Homelessness Advice Service

‘Excellent as always.’

Solicitor, Kennard Wells

‘Carefully prepared and very well delivered.’

Caseworker, Canterbury Housing Advice Centre

NB. Anyone looking for a detailed update regarding the latest on the Homelessness Reduction Act would be better attending one of our 'Homelessness Prevention and Reduction Seminars'.

Course contains

  • Landlord and tenant law
  • Deregulation Act 2015
  • Possession proceedings
  • Housing Benefit: disability discrimination, benefit cap
  • Housing and Planning Act 2016
  • Homelessness: Reduction Act 2017, statutory homelessness, eligibility for assistance, priority need and the Children Act
  • The right to rent: Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016
  • Tenancy deposit schemes.

Learning outcomes

After attending, you will be able to:

  • Take account of / prepare for actual or impending changes to legislation
  • Identify current legal and policy issues affecting tenants, borrowers, occupiers, homeless people and those in housing need
  • Assess the impact of recent case law on your work and practice.

Suitable for

Housing advisers, lawyers and local authority staff with a good working knowledge of housing law.

Meet the trainers

John Gallagher: London 7 Nov 2017, 22 February 2018 and 19 June 2018

John is Principal Solicitor with Shelter’s legal team and has specialised in housing law for 25 years. He worked in private practice in Liverpool, at Nottingham Law Centre and the London Housing Aid Centre, which subsequently became part of Shelter. John is an executive member of the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association. He has trained extensively for Shelter and the Legal Action Group, and is a co-author of the book ‘Defending Possession Proceedings’.

Gary Willock: Manchester 13 March 2018

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.

Guy Wardle: Birmingham 23 May 2018

Guy Wardle is a full-time independent consultant and trainer who has delivered training for Shelter since 2000. He has worked in the field of housing and homelessness for over 25 years and has worked as a freelance trainer and consultant for fifteen years.

Initially Guy worked in hostels for single homeless people, and then housing advice, for nine years. Guy has previously been a director of two small charities assisting single homeless people and was a member of the steering committee of the West Midlands Housing Law Group.

Guy runs many of Shelter’s courses, including the more advanced housing and homelessness topics. Much of his consultancy work is around the delivery of local authority housing options services - advising on homelessness reviews - and the management of supported housing projects, including assisting in drafting policies, procedures and tenancy and license agreements.

CPD hours 5