Human Rights to Occupy Land for Homes and Protest

Thursday 13 February 2014, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Garden Court Chambers

Refresh your knowledge of possession claims and the right to occupy land with experienced housing and criminal law barristers.

Date: Thursday 13 February 2014
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ  

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This seminar will enrich delegates' knowledge of possession claims within the context of housing law, protest law and criminal law. The speakers will tackle a range of issues relating to possession claims against residential occupiers, against protestors and regarding the occupation of land. Delegates will leave with valuable examples that will help them in their in day-to-day work.


Possession claims against residential occupiers:

  • Human rights defences and rights other than Article 8
  • Developments in Strasbourg case law
  • ECHR rights and private landlords
  • Are there such things as 'squatters rights'?

Possession claims against protestors:

  • The basis of the right to occupy land to protest
  • The application of the Convention and case law

Criminal law and the occupation of land:

  • Section 144 LASPO 2012 (squatting in residential premises)
  • Other common offences in occupations
  • Human rights defences

What is included?

  • 1.5 hours of fully-accredited CPD training
  • Talks prepared by an experienced housing barrister and a criminal law barrister
  • Comprehensive notes for your future reference
  • The opportunity to ask questions
  • Refreshments

Who should attend?

  • Housing solicitors
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights solicitors specialising in Protest Law
  • Criminal Law Solicitors

Stephen Knafler QC is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Housing Team. Owen Greenhall is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team and co-author of The Protest Handbook, writing the chapter on occupations.


CPD Hours: 1.5

Speakers: Stephen Knafler QC and Owen Greenhall

Cost: £25.00 per person plus VAT


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