Housing and Homelessness Masterclass

(Level: All Levels)

Theme: Housing

21 May 2018, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Sheffield)

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

Presented by Anthony Collins

Course overview

This informative and interactive course is designed to bring housing practitioners up-to-date with developments in housing law; with a particular focus on:

The latest developments in the changing area of homelessness law following the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act and in light of far-reaching case law. There will be an opportunity to consider the changes brought about by the Act and to discuss practitioners’ experiences so far

Enforcement tools available to local authorities, with a focus on utilising remedies such as injunctions, CPNs and PSPOs. There will be consideration of ‘hot topics’ in this area, covering the innovative and sometimes controversial use of these remedies.

Suitable audience:

Lawyers and other officers involved in issues relating to Housing, particularly concerning both Homelessness and Anti-social Behaviour

Overview and topics to be covered include:

• Housing Law Update and remedies available to Local Authorities to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour;
• Hot topics in Housing for Local Authorities (e.g. Community Protection Notices and Public Spaces Protection Orders – PSPO). PSPOs are controversially being used to tackle street-homelessness and ‘tent cities’ which are springing up across the country;
• Review of Homelessness Reduction Act- how is it working; what have been the consequences; where is case law going? A leading barrister in this area will update and lead discussion.

Interactive elements

We will provide case studies and a discussion forum as part of the session

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


B Technical legal practice

B2 Legal research

B5 Advocacy

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

Presenter profiles:

Helen Tucker (Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors)

Helen jointly heads up Anthony Collins Solicitor’s housing litigation work. She provides specialist advice to social landlords across the country on the whole spectrum of housing management issues that can lead to litigation. Helen is an experienced speaker at seminars and conferences for sector bodies and in-house for our clients and drafts regular briefings for clients on key legal and regulatory changes.

Dean Underwood, Housing amp; Public Law Barrister from Cornerstone Barristers, is marked out by the legal directories as a leading junior in landlord and tenant, property, public and administrative law and has a particular expertise in housing and related administrative law.
He also has expertise in local government, regulation and the licensing of private sector accommodation. He advises and represents local authorities and landlords nationwide, as well as individuals.

Helen Wilson (Solicitor – Senior Legal Officer, Doncaster Council)

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.