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. Relevant updates on HRA are included but the focus will be on the main Part VII duty.
Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

‘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

    Tony Martin

    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.

    CPD hours 5