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Homelessness Conference 2015:
Law and best practice

Book NowThe major annual conference addressing all of the important changes in the field of Homelessness work. 

Presented by some of the top experts in the country delivering a comprehensive programme with excellent supporting notes, to ensure that you are up to date with all of the latest cases, Guidance, policy initiatives and best practice information.

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Find out the very latest on:

  • Policy Update
  • Threshold Update
  • Limiting, Transferring and Performing Housing Duties to the Homeless
  • The Crunch Issues in Practice:
  • Gatekeeping:
    • Resources
    • Out-placement
    • Using the Private Sector
  • Homelessness –Future Developments

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
  • Housing Association staff responsible for contracted-out homelessness or lettings work
  • Heads and Directors of Housing
  • In-house lawyers and legal advisers in private practice

Conference Programme


Registration & Refreshments


Chairman’s Introductory Remarks
Jan Luba QC


The Latest Policy Picture on Homelessness
John Bentham


Latest developments on the Threshold Questions:
Liz Davies

  • Is the applicant homeless?
  •  Leaving the matrimonial home
  •  The definition of “violence”
  •  Is “reasonable to continue to occupy” the same as “suitable”?
  • Are they eligible?
    •  EU nationals – Samin v Westminster
    •  Update on Zambrano carers
  • Do they have a priority need?
    • Supreme Court decision on meaning of “vulnerable”: Johnson
    • Are you “vulnerable” if supported by another?




Limiting, transferring and performing housing duties owed to the homeless
Jan Luba QC

  • Applying the “intentional” label after Haile
  • Over 6 weeks in B&B: how much compensation to pay?
  • Maximising referral opportunities based on local connection
  • “Suitability” and Location: Nzolameso – the fall out
  • The law against out-borough placements: is it working?
  • Lessons from the courts & the ombudsmen– the latest caselaw


Temporary Accommodation: inside and outside London

  • The London Scene (Mark Meehan)
  • Outside London (Jim Crawshaw)


Questions & Answers




Gatekeeping, Cuts and the Courts: a very practical way forward for local authorities and their partners
Andy Gale

  • Delivering Housing Options Services with less money: the challenging position caused by reduced resources
  • The direction of travel: a way forward for the Homelessness and Prevention agenda under a new Government
  • The Supreme Court judgments in Johnson, Haile and Nzolameso: ways to implement the new tests for vulnerability, intentionality and suitability
  • Practical ways for local authorities to best manage these challenges




Homelessness – Whatever next?
Jan Luba QC

  • Reviews and Appeals: Getting them right!
  • Cases in the Pipeline: What’s on the horizon?
  • 6 weeks of the new statutory regime: lessons from Wales
  • Life without priority need or intentionality: paradise in Scotland?
  • So what next in England?


Ask the Experts:


Close of Conference

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Venue: The Cavendish Conference Centre,  22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT | Get directions
Date: Friday 19 June 2015
Price: £299 + VAT (Price held for 9th successive year!)

SPECIAL OFFER: Third and Subsequent Delegates HALF PRICE. The cost effective way to get top quality training for your department.

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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

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

“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:

Jan Luba QC, Conference Chairman and speaker, Garden Court Chambers.  Jan has been described in Chambers & Partners Directory as “the leading QC for housing related public law matters” and as “a walking encyclopaedia of housing law.” 

John Bentham, Homelessness Legislation lead at Department for Communities and Local Government. John has led on youth homelessness policy as well as domestic violence policy and now works on homelessness strategy and is responsible for the homelessness legislation

Liz Davies, barrister, Housing law specialist 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."

Mark Meehan, Assistant Director, Housing Demand, Ealing Council

Jim Crawshaw, Head of Homelessness & Pre-Tenancy Services, Birmingham City Council

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