Homelessness: Out of Borough Placements

Thursday 18 June 2020

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 18 June 2020
Time: 11am - 12:30pm
Venue: Zoom  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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This webinar looked at challenging local authority suitability decisions involving out-of-borough placements. In particular it considered relevant case law developments since Nzolameso v Westminster City Council

It covered relevant higher court cases including Alibkhiet, James v Hertsmere and Waltham Forest v Saleh and examples of wins and losses as noted in the Legal Action housing law updates.

About the Speakers 


Kevin Gannon, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Call: 1993)
Kevin Gannon specialises in housing law. His practice covers all the main areas of housing law including homelessness, possession, disrepair, illegal eviction and nuisance. Kevin also has experience in housing cases with community care, immigration or social security law aspects. 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. 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 also co-writes the Housing Benefit Law Update in the Legal Action journal.

Marina Sergides, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Call: 2000)
Marina specialises in all aspects of social housing law. She has extensive experience in nuisance possession proceedings, s204 homelessness appeals, unlawful eviction and harassment claims, disrepair claims, judicial reviews, human rights, public law defences, disability discrimination and crossover ASBO proceedings in the magistrates and county courts. Marina sits on Islington Law Centre's Management Committee and the Housing Law Practitioners Association conference steering group. Marina chairs the HLPA Grenfell sub-group and has been a visiting lecturer in housing law at South Bank University. In 2017 Marina presented a number of seminars to practitioners. Marina contributed to the Housing Law Handbook (2009) on damages for disrepair and has written for Legal Action. She wrote for Landlord & Tenant Review on Article 8 in 2014 and will be contributing to an update.

Our Justine Compton (Call: 2005), of the Garden Court Housing Team, chaired the webinar. 

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