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.

N.B. Our 2019 London courses are being held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact training@shelter.org.uk with any queries rather than the venue direct).
Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
Places
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13 Mar 2019 Manchester £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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30 May 2019 Resource for London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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26 Nov 2019 Resource for London £220.00 £250.00 £170.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘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 'Homelessness Reduction Act: Progress'.

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 30 May 2019

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’.

Chris Morris: Manchester 13 March 2019

Chris started his housing advice career in 1982 within citizens advice, eventually managing a West London CAB. He then qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and worked in private practice between 1994-2002, specialising in housing and working on several significant Court of Appeal cases. He then spent some time working for Oxford Housing Rights Centre before joining Shelter’s London legal team in 2004. Whilst at Shelter Chris became a managing solicitor and then deputy head of legal services. He led Shelter’s recent Supreme Court interventions in ‘Hotak’ (2015) and ‘McDonald’ (2016), before moving to the government legal department carrying out public law litigation.

Chris has wide experience of possession proceedings, homelessness and judicial review. He has trained many of Shelter’s intermediate and advanced housing law and homelessness courses, as well as delivering for the HLPA and to NHAS trainers. He is now a Shelter freelance trainer and lectures and teaches the housing law module to undergraduates at Westminster University.

CPD hours 5