Anti Social Behaviour Injunctions and Possessions


Anti Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 – Good News?

Possession Proceedings – Current Issues and Case Law Update 

Thursday 14 January 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield)

Presented by Sharpe Pritchard and Freeths

Seminar overview

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced new tools, powers AND obligations – which will significantly impact on how landlords deal with anti-social behaviour.

An overview of the key changes and its impact on tackling ASB will be discussed.

A lively and informed discussion about possession proceedings, one of the most challenging aspects of the local authorities’ housing management functions. A conversation regarding current issues and case law update.

The speakers would welcome suggestions of specific topics that you would like to discuss at the seminar.

Topics to be covered include:

Part 1

  • What are the new tools, powers and obligations?
  • Objectives of the new legislation
  • What impact will this have on landlords in tackling anti-social behaviour
  • Scenarios of where the new tools and powers can deal with those who behave anti-socially and help turn such behaviour around
  • The new landscape – the good and the not so good experiences

Part 2

  • Possession proceedings against local authority tenants – what are the current issues?
  • Case law update
  • Tactics and Procedure
  • Best Practice

Speaker profiles:

Andrew McNamara, Ropewalk Chambers provides advice and representation to Local Authorities, Housing Associations and individuals across the whole spectrum of housing work, including: Possession, Demotion, Right to buy, Statutory nuisance, Licensing and management under the Housing Act 2004, Disrepair,  Unlawful eviction, Anti-social behaviour and neighbour nuisance.

He advises Local Authorities in the formulation of homelessness and allocations policies, including related judicial review.Andrew lectures on a range of housing law subjects to public and private sector solicitors.

Rochelle Rong, Ropewalk Chambers has a busy housing practice and has considerable experience in representing both landlords and tenants in Multi-Track possession proceedings, often involving public law defences and allegations of discrimination under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.

She is regularly instructed in relation to applications for injunctions and committal proceedings. Her work also includes bringing and defending claims for: Breach of covenant, Disrepair and housing condition, Overcrowding, Service charges, Houses in multiple occupation.

Mark Diggle, Ropewalk Chambers advises and represents Local Authorities and Housing Associations across the full range of housing work.  He also conducts prosecutions in the areas of planning and benefit fraud.  He frequently acts in licensing cases, in particular Hackney Carriage, Private Hire and liquor licensing.

Duration:  Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch



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