Using Housing Case Law: Better Submissions and Decisions

This specialist Shelter seminar will guide delegates on how to analyse and use housing caselaw appropriately to underpin homelessness applications, investigations, decisions and reviews. It provides examples of tailored homelessness applications and decision letters and covers the importance of good records and evidence.
Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
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1 Jun 2017 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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16 Nov 2017 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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‘This training was very clear on the legal principles. (Our trainer was) hugely knowledgeable yet easy to talk to.’

Senior Homelessness Prevention Officer, Guildford BC

Seminar contains

  • The role of case law and case citation
  • The right of appeal: s204
  • Decisions that can be challenged by Judicial Review - analysis of recent case law
  • Key cases that influence homelessness decision making
  • Managing responses to legal representatives
  • How to analyse and apply case law in written decisions and applications
  • Examples of good decision or reporting homelessness letters.

Learning outcomes

After attending this seminar you will:

  • Understand the respective roles of legislation and case law, and why case law is so important
  • Understand when, why and how the courts get involved
  • Understand the differences between s204 Appeals and Judicial Reviews
  • Have examined some of the key cases which have influenced homeless decision-making
  • Have learnt how to get the best from reading court transcripts, including interpreting case names, references and jargon
  • Have learnt strategies for responding to applicants' legal representatives when case law is cited
  • Have looked at examples of good decision letters, which have referred to relevant case law appropriately.
  • Suitable for

    Local authority homelessness and homelessness prevention staff, review officers, housing lawyers and advisers. A basic knowledge of housing law would be helpful but not essential. Very useful for new staff as part of induction.

    Meet the trainer

    Ian Dunn 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.

    CPD hours 5