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

Thursday 5 November 2015, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Thursday 5 November 2015
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 comprehensive guide to the making of 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.


Stephen Cottle (Chair) has an established practice in housing and landlord and tenant covering most areas particularly equality issues, homelessness, possession claims, housing standards and disrepair, mortgage repossessions, mobile homes, proprietary estoppel and adverse possession.

Shu Shin Luh is a public law practitioner focusing on the rights of children and vulnerable adults and others in need of services and support.

Tessa Buchanan practises primarily across the areas of family, civil and housing law. She regularly acts for tenants in possession proceedings, homelessness appeals, and cases involving disrepair, anti-social behaviour, and unlawful eviction.

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