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Illegal Evictions Claims – Practical Guidance

Thursday 13 May 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 13 May 2021
Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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Illegal evictions have continued during the pandemic as landlords look to get round the government restrictions to protect renters. And increased minimum notice periods for ending tenancies mean those who have struggled to pay their rent may be more at risk from illegal eviction than before.

This seminar will provide an update on the basis of and procedure to follow for illegal eviction claims, regaining entry and obtaining damages and is for practitioners who represent tenants. 




Franck Magennis, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
Franck's practice spans asylum and immigration, public law, housing, employment and industrial relations, civil actions against public authorities, inquests, criminal defence, prison law, and international law. 

Within housing law, Franck specialises in representing people resisting possession proceedings against both public and private landlords, those reviewing adverse Local Authority homelessness decisions under sections 188 and 204 of the Housing Act 1996, those enduring unlawful disrepair, and those who have been unlawfully evicted. He has experience of: suspending warrants for possession; appearing at ex parte hearings seeking relief against rogue landlords; advising on enforcement of damages orders to reduce the risk of landlords dissipating their assets; advising on adverse possession, and; representing clients up to trial. Franck was a pupil under Liz Davies, who is the co-author of Housing Allocation and Homelessness. Through her he gained extensive insight into homelessness appeals under the Housing Act 1996 and all areas of defendant side housing law.

Catherine O'Donnell, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Catherine's housing practice spans the whole range of tenancy and housing matters, includes possession (anti-social behaviour, rent, breach of tenancy, tenancy status, sub-letting, succession, beneficial interests, public law), anti-social behaviour injunctions, unlawful eviction, and disrepair.

Catherine is regularly instructed in complex possession trials, especially those involving mental health issues, where she brings to bear her extensive knowledge of disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. She regularly advises and acts in cases where capacity is an issue including where the Official Solicitor has been appointed.

Adrian Marshall Williams, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Adrian practices across the range of housing and property law. His practice encompasses many types of possession claims. He has wide-ranging experience of cases involving mental health or capacity issues and being instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of protected parties.

Adrian's work in housing law has a significant focus on acting for occupiers in complicated anti-social behaviour cases, and raising public law defences as well as tenancy deposit scheme cases, succession cases, mortgage possession proceedings and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. As an experienced property litigator he also advises and represents in other property related disputes such as service charges. He also regularly advises and represents clients in areas such as right to buy cases, unlawful eviction, harassment and disrepair.

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