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.
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- Overview of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR)
- Possession claims for rented and mortgaged property under CPR
55 Part I
- Accelerated Procedure under CPR 55 Part II (assured shorthold
- Drafting basic claims for possession
- Adjournments, evidence, directions, and allocation
- The range of orders the Court can make
- Housing Benefit issues and Pre Action Protocol for Rent Arrears
- Enforcement of possession warrants
- Warrant suspension applications
- Setting aside possession orders and executed warrants
- Rights of audience
- Advocacy and addressing the court (including small group
- Overview of legal costs
After this course, you will be able to:
- Identify detailed procedural rules governing possession
proceedings under the CPR
- Complete essential documents including a claim form,
particulars of claim, and an application to suspend a warrant
- Present a claim for possession in court, or present a defence
to a claim.
Housing advisers, debt workers and housing officers who are
familiar with security of tenure who wish to appear in county court
possession claims, either for the landlord or the tenant, at either
the first possession hearing or subsequent hearings. Delegates must
be familiar with notice rules and grounds for possession.
Pre-course reading covering claims for
possession, particulars of claim, defences, and an overview of the
CPR will be sent to delegates two weeks before the course.
Meet the trainer
Mark Robinson: York 1-2 February / London 21-22 February 2017
Mark Robinson worked as a housing advice worker from 1987 and then qualified as a housing solicitor in 1999. In his casework he has specialised in challenging homeless decisions, acting for tenants in s21 1988 Housing Act possession claims, and in defending anti-social behaviour possession and injunction proceedings. He has a particular interest in human rights and public law issues. Mark has trained extensively in housing law for Shelter since 1999, writes and updates a range of our courses and is housing editor of the Citizens Advice publication ‘The Adviser’.
Gary Willock: Manchester 27-28 June 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.
Tony Martin: London 16-17 March / London 11-12 July 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, workshadowing and written summary reports for Shelter Consultancy since 2013.