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Looking forward – what changes do we need to housing law?

Thursday 8 July 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 8 July 2021
Time: 5pm-6.30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Housing Law

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The pandemic has given those working in social welfare and housing law much to reflect on, whether as practitioners, researchers, or campaigners. Moves to remote ways of engaging with court proceedings and homelessness appeals, as well as the effects of the pandemic in terms of stayed cases and accommodation for rough sleepers, represent arguably the most significant shift in the practice of housing and homelessness law in the last 25 years.

In a break with the traditional format, this webinar is intended to be an opportunity for some reflection, and for discussion and exchange of ideas. The presentations will be shorter than usual and we will invite creative thinking about what the future could look like for housing law.  

There is no expectation for attendees to prepare anything in advance. However, we will ask those who register for the session to submit their suggestions and ideas for changes that they would like to see in housing and homelessness law. We will use these suggestions to help plan the session and facilitate discussion. Please click here to provide your suggestions




Matthew Ahluwalia, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
Matthew is a social welfare and public law barrister at Garden Court. He will be chairing the session and will also deliver a short presentation on ideas for reforms to homelessness law.

David Renton, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
David is a housing and employment law barrister at Garden Court. He will discuss the government’s proposed abolition of section 21, changes to ground 8, the future of tenancy deposit enforcement, and reforms to unlawful eviction. David recently published Jobs and Homes: stories of the law in lockdown.

Kate Bradley, Campaigns Officer, Greater Manchester Law Centre
Kate is a housing campaigner, a member of a tenants' union, and Campaigns Officer for Greater Manchester Law Centre. She will be speaking to why housing campaigns can dovetail well with the work of tenant housing lawyers, and why we need housing activism as well as changes to law and policy to deal with the scale of the problems tenants in the UK are currently facing.

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