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Homelessness Conference 2017:
Law and best practice

Book NowThe major annual Conference addressing key changes in Homelessness work

Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017, London

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Find out the very latest on:

  • Homelessness Policy
  • Part 7 Case Law update including:
    • Initial steps on application
    • Priority Need since Hotak
    • Intentional homelessness since Haile
  • Suitability of accommodation to meet or end a homeless duty case law update
  • Temporary Accommodation
  • Part 7 Duties post the Homelessness Reduction Act changes – “a new dawn or a rush to the courts for clarification?”
  • Preparing in a hurry for the Homelessness Reduction Act in April 2018?
  • The challenge of making the private rented sector work to meet and end the new duties under the HRA
  • Suitability of accommodation to meet or end a homeless duty case law update

All this plus two Ask the Experts panel Q&A sessions

whO should attend

  • Homelessness Managers and Officers
  • Housing Options/Needs Team Managers and Officers
  • Lettings/Allocations Teams
  • Housing Advice Teams
  • Housing Policy Managers and Officers
  • Heads and Directors of Housing
  • In-house lawyers and legal advisers in private practice

Conference Programme


Registration & Refreshments


Chairman’s Announcements
Liz Davies


Policy Update
Jo Beck

  • The Code and secondary legislation
  • DCLG support for implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Reviewing your Homelessness Strategy to be post HRA compliant – what the Government may expect to see?
  • Recording prevention and the P1E changes
  • Cross Government action to tackle homelessness


Part 7 Case Law update
(Jonathan Manning)

Initial steps on application

  • what is an application?
  • Securing interim accommodation
  • The courts and applying the ‘Mohammed test’ power to decide whether to provide accommodation pending a review – No more tick box exercises

Priority Need since Hotak:

  • “How ordinary is the ordinary person?”
  • “The significance of “Significant”
  • Should the applicant be assumed to be street homeless?

Intentional homelessness since Haile:

  • What is an intervening circumstance?
  • “When is someone acting in “good faith or in ignorance of a relevant fact”
  • “Just how settled must accommodation be to be seen as settled?”




Part 7 Duties post the Homelessness Reduction Act changes – “a new dawn or a rush to the courts for clarification?”
Liz Davies

  • Performing the new ‘prevention’ and ‘relief’ duties
  • Performing the 189A Assessment duty
  • What does “securing suitable accommodation with a reasonable prospect of 6 months” mean?
  • Intentionality, priority need and the main duty – what changes?
  • How long must interim accommodation be provided for?
  • Non-cooperation, refusal of a suitable offer, intentional homelessness – consequences and the risk of confusion
  • The new review rights
  • A rush to the courts or peace and harmony – the issues likely to need to be clarified through case law


Questions & Answers




Preparing in a hurry for the Homelessness Reduction Act in April 2018?
Andy Gale      

The top 10 must ‘things to do’ including:

  • Getting the right people and resources
  • Getting the structure right
  • Triage and processes
  • Managing the new world of assessment
  • Prevention through partnerships
  • Training and culture change
  • Using IT – self- help, advice and delivering the new duties
  • Applying the new duties legally – avoiding the obvious pitfalls


The challenge of making the private rented sector work to meet and end the new duties under the HRA
Tim Gray

  • Learning from the LGA report on making the PRS work
  • The new funding rules for temporary accommodation and discharge of duty
  • Council investment in acquisition of properties for PRS and TA




Suitability of accommodation to meet or end a homeless duty case law update
Liz Davies

Legal challenges to suitability

  • Having due regard to the Children Act and Equalities Act when deciding whether an offer is suitable?
  • Placing out of area – Getting your policies right for:
    •  increasing supply,
    •  who stays and goes,
    • distance from an authority’s area and evidence,
    • for assessing the impact of the location
  • Assessing the impact on education – the courts take Nzolameso further
  • Affordability
  • When must accommodation be inspected?
  • Do you need to get a court order or not? When is temporary accommodation occupied as a dwelling under an interim duty or main duty?
  • The need to have regard to the Equality Act when deciding suitability – the view from the courts


Questions & Answers


Close of Conference

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Venue: Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London W8 5SR |
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Date: Wednesday 11 October2017
Price: £299 + VAT (Price held for 8th successive year!)

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cpd accredited

This conference is CPD Accredited for 5 hours by The Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board and ILEX


Just look at what past delegates have said,

 “Always the best Homelessness Conference of the year”
Housing Options Adviser

“Lime Legal is always good value for money and thought provoking”
Housing Options Manager

“As ever, an excellent conference with a good balance of relevant topics.”
Housing Services Manager

“Excellent as always! Great value, very full content and lively discussion – I’ll be back again next year.”
Housing Advice Manager

“Excellent content”
Housing Demand Manager

“A great conference – will definitely attend next year.”
Housing Options Manager

“My first Lime Legal conference – very enjoyable and informative”
Housing Options Adviser

Senior Housing Options Officer

“This conference is always a yearly training highlight- really useful and informative”
Appeals Manager

“All very relevant and extremely well delivered”
Homelessness Manager

“Illuminating with comprehensive notes”
Reviews Officer

“As always, very informative and raised ideas for a To Do list to take back to the office”
Housing Adviser

Speaker Profiles:

Jo Beck, Team Leader, Homelessness Reduction Act Delivery Support, Preventing Homelessness Team at the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Liz Davies, who chairs the conference again this year is a Housing law specialist barrister, at Garden Court Chambers. Liz is one of the country’s leading lawyers in the field of homelessness law and has vast experience in all aspects of Homelessness law and practice.

Andy Gale
, is one of the best known names in the field of Homelessness and Lettings. He trains and advises Local Authorities around the country.  He has a wide range of Local Government including experience as Housing Needs Manager for Harrow Council.  He was formerly in charge of Homelessness and Advice at Ealing Council. He has been active in the field of homelessness since the mid 1980s. He is also the author of "The Local Authority Good Practice Guide to Tackling Homelessness."

Jonathan Manning,
barrister and founder member of Arden Chambers, specialises in housing and public law cases. He has for many years, been recommended by legal directories as a leader in social housing and local government work. His practice involves, in particular, issues of public law relating to public and local authority powers, functions and finance, ethical conduct, human rights and homelessness, equalities and enforcement, and housing rights, He regularly appears for local and other public authorities (including private registered providers of social housing) in all courts and tribunals as well as individual applicants.

Tim Gray has worked on homelessness and related issues for over 25 years for central and local government, the voluntary sector and housing associations. His recent work as a consultant includes researching and writing the LGA report on “Housing our Homeless Households”, and conducting a feasibility study for London Councils, the GLA and DCLG on a more collaborative approach to securing accommodation to meet homelessness pressures in London.

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