Locked Down and Shut Out: Evictions and rough sleeping this winter

Thursday 19 November 2020

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

Date: Thursday 19 November 2020
Time: 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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In this webinar we will look at the latest law concerning the eviction process and rough sleeping. We will look at recent changes brought about as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We will aim to equip practitioners with the up to date information needed to help our clients facing these difficult situations.

The webinar will be chaired by Marina Sergides and our speakers will be Kevin Gannon and Angharad Monk.



Marina Sergides, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
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. In particular, Marina works in cases involving tenants with mental health problems, where capacity has been in issue, and where the Official Solicitor has been instructed. Marina has represented tenants before the Social Security Tribunal and before the Social Security Commissioner.

Marina sits on Islington Law Centre's Management Committee and is the co-chair of the Housing Law Practitioners' Association. Marina chairs the HLPA Grenfell sub-group and has been a visiting lecturer in housing law at South Bank University.  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.

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. She commenced pupillage at Garden Court in October 2019, and was supervised by Liz Davies (1st six) and Minka Braun (2nd six).

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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