Housing Law Update, Homelessness and the role of the Law.
NWHLPG’s annual conference will again deliver a day of authoritative updates and commentary from a range of leading practitioners experienced in Housing Law.
Please note that the programme for the upcoming Housing Law Update All Day Talk and booking form are now available. Details of speakers and times are below. The booking form is available here.
If you would like to attend, please download the booking form and follow the instructions at the bottom.
John Gallagher – Housing Law update and the early days of the Fitness for Habitation Act
Qualified as a Solicitor in 1976, has worked at Shelter since 1995 and is now the Principal Solicitor on the Legal Services Team. He has been involved in many leading cases including interventions on behalf of Shelter and he advises on policy issues. He was Housing Lawyer of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards in 2014. He is a contributor to LAGs Possession Proceedings.
Ben McCormack – Top ten tips to get your housing case in winning shape
Ben is a barrister at Garden Court North in Manchester. Prior to that he was a solicitor in legal aid practice specialising acting for tenants in housing cases. In his current practice he acts in a range of housing disputes, often for people with learning disabilities or mental illness. Housing litigation has many moving parts, all of which can affect the outcome – so learning to control them as best as we can is an essential skill. Ben offers his advice as to how we can best do so.
Kevin Lister and Elizabeth Mottershaw – Capacity and Mental Health Issues in Anti -Social Behaviour cases
Kevin is a barrister at Garden Court North and was previously a solicitor with higher rights of audience. He originally started out in 1993 advising at the homelessness service of a local authority. He has a wide range of experience on all kinds of housing litigation and regularly advises and represents tenants and other occupants facing anti-social behaviour allegations.
Elizabeth is a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers. She is particularly interested in possession claims based on anti-social behaviour where there are connections to mental health problems. She is experienced in public law and discrimination defences.
Helen Jackson – Challenging Intentionality Decisions
Helen Jackson is managing solicitor at Shelter Manchester. She has worked as a solicitor at Shelter seen 2004. She acted for the appellant in the homelessness case of Moran v Manchester City Council (2009) UKHL 36.
James Stark – Section 21 cases and how to defend them
He is a Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers who specialises in all aspects of Housing Law. James Stark was Counsel for Mr Pinnock in the leading case of Manchester City Council v Pinnock and has a long experience of defending successfully cases against those with no security of tenure and convicted of criminal offences in their homes. James acted as leading junior for the Appellant in the Supreme Court this year in the case of Samuels v Birmingham City Council. He was a finalist at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2018.
PROGRAMME times may vary
9.30 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. Registration
10.15 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. John Gallagher
11.15 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Tea/Coffee Break
11.30 a.m. – 12.30 a.m. Ben McCormack
12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m. – 2.15 p.m. Kevin Lister and Elizabeth Mottershaw
2.15 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Helen Jackson
3.00 p.m. – 3.20 p.m. Tea/Coffee Break
3.20 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. James Stark
4.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. John Gallagher
4.30 p.m. – 4.45 pm Panel Discussion and Questions
COST: £100 Solicitors and Barristers, £50 not for profit sector (all inclusive of refreshments and lunch
When: 12 Sep 2019
Where: The University of Manchester, Barnes Wallis Building, Sackville Street Campus, Manchester, M1 7JA
Start time: 09:30
End time: 16:45