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SHLA Annual Conference 2024

Thursday 14th March 2024, The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

Programme may be subject to change

Time Session Topic and Speakers Chair
9.00 am – 9.25 am Registration
9.30 am Chair’s Welcome Welcome Co-Chair Lee Russell
9.40 am – 10.20 am Keynote Speaker Keynote Address

Jonathan Walters, Regulator of Social Housing
Our key note speaker is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Regulator of Social Housing, Jonathan Walters. As we enter into a new era of social housing regulation, this is your opportunity to hear from the Regulator directly as Jonathan shares his insight into what the regulatory landscape looks like for social housing providers.

Lee Russell
10.25 am – 11.25 am Breakout Session 1 Disrepair – Disclosure applications and Part 8 Claims
Richard Dewsbery, St Ives Chambers
Bethan Jones , Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
A key part of any disrepair claim are the records. This session will look at the importance of disclosure, how to deal with disclosure requests and what to do to if a disclosure application has been made at court. We will also update you on Part 8 claims with a reminder on when they can be used and the specific procedural rules that must be followed.  
Kindly sponsored by Five Paper
Andrew Atkinson
10.25 am – 11.25 am Breakout Session 2 Social Housing (Regulation) Act – What’s the impact?
Ian Davis, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Tara O’Leary, Cornerstone Barristers
The Social Housing Regulation Act 2023 is a key part of the Government’s response to the Grenfell and Awaab Ishak tragedies for the social housing sector.  It provides the legal framework for the new regulatory regime for social housing that comes into force on 1 April 2024. Ian Davis will discuss new requirements including the proactive regulatory regime and the professionalism requirements. Tara O’Leary will discuss the changes introduced by Awaab’s law and what we can expect following recent government consultation.
Kindly sponsored by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
Kuljit Bhogal KC
11.30 am – 11.55 am Break
12.00 noon – 1.00 pm Breakout Session 3 Leasehold Reform Panel Discussion on what’s left of the Government’s agenda?
Andrew Dymond, 4 5 Gray’s Inn Square.
Professor Susan Bright, Oxford University,
Clive Adams, Birkett’s
Nicholas Grundy KC, Five Paper
The distinguished and well-informed Panel will identify and explain key legislative changes in the Leasehold Reform Bill and the Renters Reform Bill that will impact upon RPs. The Panel will discuss the impact of this pending legislation on the Social Housing Sector and invite questions and contributions from delegates.
Kindly sponsored by Devonshires
Nicholas Grundy KC
12.00 noon – 1.00 pm Breakout Session 4 The Criminal Justice Bill and the Impact for Social Housing
Barbara Zeitler, Lamb Chambers
Janine Green ASB Trainer and Consultant
This session will cover the content of the Bill as well discussing the practical implications for social housing providers.
Kindly sponsored by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
Dorota Pawlowski
1.05 pm – 2.05 pm Lunch Kindly sponsored by Remington Hall
2.10 pm – 3.10 pm Breakout Session 5 Equality Act Defences
Clare Cullen,  Field Court Chambers
Dr Matthew Appleyard, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist
The main mental health issues raised in Equality Act claims, how those are treated and defended.
Kindly sponsored by Five Paper
Elizabeth England
2.10 pm – 3.10 pm Breakout Session 6 Tenancy Fraud and the Intention to Return 
Angela Piears, 42 BR
Avril Drummond ACFS, Counter Fraud and Investigations Lead at Buckinghamshire Council
An intention to return to a property is often used as a defence in tenancy fraud possession claims.   Learn what is needed to prove such an intention and how to successfully challenge such defences.
Kindly sponsored by St Ives Chambers
Katrina Robinson MBE
3.15 pm – 4.00 pm Group Session View From The Bench
Judge Nicola Carr – First Tier Tribunal, (Property Chamber)
London Region
Sarah Salmon
4.05 pm – 4.20 pm Break
4.25 pm – 5.00 pm Large Group Session Costs conundrums: legal costs trends in housing disrepair claims
Alex Bagnall of Total Housing Solutions 
Alex Bagnall, a costs lawyer, will look at current issues in legal costs and will provide some useful tips for minimising costs payable to claimant solicitors.
Mark Cooper
5.05 pm – 5.15 pm Chair’s Closing Closing Co-Chair Katrina Robinson MBE
5.15 pm – 7.15 pm Networking Drinks Reception            Kindly sponsored by Total Housing Solutions
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