Defences to s21 possession claims: recent developments

Thursday 25 November 2021

This webinar is brought to you by the Garden Court Chambers Housing Team.

Positioned at the forefront of social housing legal advice, Garden Court Chambers is ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers UK Bar Guide, in recognition of our outstanding expertise in this area of law.

Date: Thursday 25 November 2021
Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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With possession claims re-starting, s21 claims will be as prominent as ever. In this seminar, we aim to provide a timely refresher of recent developments in the law relevant to defending these claims. We will cover the latest on procedural aspects, the new Tenant Fees Act 2019 and case law developments.



Matthew Ahluwalia, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
Matthew is a social welfare and public law barrister at Garden Court. He has particular interest and experience in housing, homelessness, public law, welfare benefits, and migrants’ rights which has developed during his previous roles including as employed barrister at the Public Law Project and also while working at the AIRE Centre and welfare rights charity Z2K. Matthew has worked on a number of high profile judicial review cases issued in the higher courts on behalf of Claimants and Interveners, as well as civil damages claims, and has been a volunteer advocate with Asylum Support Appeals Project since 2018. Matthew acted, alongside Edward Fitzpatrick, also of Garden Court Chambers, in Patel v Hackney LBC [2021] EWCA Civ 89.

Kevin Gannon, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Kevin Gannon specialises in housing law. His practice covers all the main areas of housing law including homelessness, possession, disrepair, illegal eviction and nuisance.  In homelessness, he is experienced in dealing with cases involving eligibility, priority need, intentionality and suitability. He has a particular interest in housing cases that involve public law issues and human rights arguments.

Kevin also has experience in housing cases with community care or immigration law aspects. He sits part-time as a social security tribunal judge and has particular expertise in cases involving social security law including Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. Kevin co-writes the Housing Benefit Law Update in the Legal Action journal.

Angharad Monk, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Angharad became a Garden Court Chambers tenant in October 2020 and is building a practice in housing, community care, and wider public law. Before commencing pupillage Angharad was employed by the Hackney Community Law Centre as a housing paralegal. She has experience of the full range of housing work, including homelessness, possession and disrepair, in addition to accommodation-related aspects of community care law. 

Angharad also has an extensive background working with migrant projects in London, in particular, the Hackney Migrant Centre and the Islington Unity Project (a project dedicated to assisting clients with applications to remove “no recourse to public funds” conditions from their leave to remain). She provided specialist advice in this context, helping clients navigate housing problems linked to complex immigration issues.

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