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HLPA Conference

By J

The Housing Law Practitioners Association (“HLPA”) host their annual conference on December 15, 2009 at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. Details have just been released (with more to follow later in September) and can be found at

Highlights include:

(a) Richard Drabble QC giving the key note speech. Richard has had a very active year in the housing field having appeared in Manchester CC v Pinnock, R (Weaver) v L&Q, Hanoman v LB Southwark and Austin v LB Southwark;

(b) Jan Luba QC outlining the expected developments in housing law in 2010. Given that Jan’s work in Holmes-Moorhouse v LB Richmond, Austin v LB Southwark, R (Ahmed) v Newham, R (Aweys) v BCC / Moran v Manchester CC, his insight into the coming 12 months is not something you’d want to miss.

(c) HHJ Platt, DJ Sterlini and DJ Backhouse giving a perspective from the county court bench. If you wanted to know how the changes and developments of the last year are playing out at the ‘coal face’ then you couldn’t ask for three better informed commentators.

(d) Claer Lloyd-Jones of the TSA and their plans for the future regulation of housing law.

(e) Professor David Cowan (who we here at NL have a bit of a soft spot for) of Bristol University and Arden Chambers, whose work on Ground 8 might (we hope) eventually lead to its abolition or restriction.

Other friends of NL who are speaking include James Stark, Dawn McPherson, Jonathan Manning and Chris Johnson.

We can’t recomend the HLPA conference highly enough. The majority of your NL team will be in attendance. Do come and say hello.

J is a barrister. He considers housing law to be the single greatest kind of law known to humankind and finds it very odd that so few people share this view.

1 Comment

  1. NL

    ‘Do come and say hello’?

    I’ll be sporting a pink carnation and carrying a rolled up copy of McCann v UK.

    And probably tapping away at a smartphone much of the day.


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