Developments in homelessness and housing allocations in 2017: Where are we now?

Tuesday 7 November 2017, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017
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 an update on the latest legal developments in the areas of homelessness and the allocation of social housing.

Speakers will identify common themes raised by recent cases and provide practitioners with practical tips, guidance and tactics as to how these principles might be developed and applied in future.


The homelessness part of the seminar, led by Justine Compton, will consider recent developments in this area. We will focus on laying the groundwork for successful appeals; taking on board what can be discerned from the recent appeals on these topics and the different approaches taken by judges at first instance. Whilst the Court of Appeal will not consider Panayatiou v Waltham; Forest Smith v Haringey until the 9th October 2017, the battle lines are drawn and arguments deployed can be analysed.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Dealing with vulnerability
  • Intentional homelessness
  • The Public Sector Equality Duty
  • Out-of-borough placements
  • The 'best interests of the child' principle and applications

Housing allocations

The allocations part of the seminar, led by Edward Fitzpatrick, will include a review of the latest case law including Court of Appeal cases and Ealing v R (on application of) H and Others, which considers the lawfulness of allocations policy and discrimination.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Legality of allocation schemes imposing conditions relating to residence or work
  • Legality of conditions preventing or hindering those within the 'reasonable preference' categories from accessing social housing
  • Interplay between the requirements of Part VI, Housing Act 1996 and the Equality Act 2010, the ECHR and s11 Children Act 2004
  • Possible challenges; that have traction before the Courts

What is included?

  • 1.5 hours of CPD accreditation
  • Talks delivered by leading housing barristers
  • Comprehensive notes for you to take away
  • The opportunity for you to ask questions
  • Refreshments


Who should attend?

Housing practitioners of all levels working in these areas.

Book online

To book your place on this seminar, please use the booking form below. If you have any queries, please contact the Garden Court Chambers events team on


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