14Jan

An Introduction to Anti-Social Behaviour for Local Authorities

A look at the main legal remedies available for ASB, focussing on Possession and Injunctions in the County Court

Level: Introductory

14 January 2020, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Geldards Nottingham (NO VCE)

Presented by Geldards

Course overview

The course will cover the basics of ASB law as well as introduction to the different remedies available to local authorities. This will include a look at the following-

• Possession Claims – Both Mandatory and Discretionary grounds
• Injunctions under s.1 ASBC&P Act 2014
• Enforcement Powers for both Possession and Injunction
• Other remedies available under the ASBC&P Act 2014, eg Closure Orders

This will be an interactive course which will include a discussion forum and case study examples.

Suitable audience:

Lawyers and other legal staff new to Anti-social Behaviour Law

Overview and topics to be covered include:

The law on ASB
The Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014
The relevant sections of the Housing Act 1985
The most important cases relevant to ASB proceedings.
The main defences that will be raised, including Equality Act 2010 defences

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch

Interactive elements

We will be including a discussion forum

Competencies

This course will cover:

B Technical legal practice
B4 Draft documents
B5 Advocacy
C Working with other people
C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

Presenter profiles:

The speakers are all part of the Litigation Team at Sheffield City Council and work primarily on Anti-social Behaviour cases. Between them they have over 50 years’ experience working in housing law and have provided representation to both tenants and landlords. Sheffield Council’s litigation team has regularly been instructed by other local authorities to carry out case work on their behalf and have taken cases as far as the appeal courts.

Louise Cooper is a solicitor in the Civil Litigation team of SCC, who works primarily in advice and representation for the Housing Department, specialising in ASB. She qualified in 1999.
Ruth Chisholm is a solicitor in the Civil Litigation team of SCC, who also provides advice and representation to the Housing Department, and specialises in ASB. She qualified in 1994.
George Leach is a solicitor in the Civil Litigation team of SCC, who joined the authority in 2017 to work for the Housing client, also specialising in ASB. He worked in private practice after qualifying in 2006, specialising in civil litigation including defending clients in social housing.

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