Conducting urgent applications for accommodation under the Housing Act 1996 and Children Act 1989

Thursday 17 November 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Thursday 17 November 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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The aim of this seminar is to provide a practical guide to handling urgent applications for accommodation under both the homelessness legislation and the Children Act 1989.

Challenging local authority refusal/failure to arrange accommodation or decision to terminate temporary accommodation is an important feature of homelessness cases. Such challenges – by their very nature – most often have to be made urgently, out-of-hours, and in highly pressurised situations. This seminar will look at the legal framework and procedural requirements for bringing such challenges and will offer a practical guide to all stages of the process, from pre-action negotiation to applications for interim relief.

This seminar will cover: 

  • The legal frameworks of Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 and sections 17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989 and relevant case-law
  • Tests for mandatory and prohibitory injunctions
  • Practical tactics and tips 

Who should attend?

Practitioners in housing, community care, and public law, including solicitors, paralegals, and caseworkers.


Adrian Berry has a broad practice across a range of inter-related areas concerning migration, human rights and protection. He has particular expertise in EU and nationality law, EU-related housing cases and cases which raise eligibility issues for migrants.

Shu Shin Luh has a broad public law practice. She has a special interest in the rights of children and vulnerable adults and others in need of services and support.


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