17 January 2018

hls proud to offer Emily Hope a training contract

hls are proud to offer Emily Hope a training contract following the completion of her undergraduate Law Degree.  Emily has been working with hls for several years during holiday periods to gain work experience.  Emily will be completing her Legal Practice course alongside her Masters Degree, which will focus on housing law, before returning to us to begin her training contract.

hls proud to announce they have been appointed to the Solicitors panel for CHIC

CHIC are a consortium of 40 social housing providers who manage 250,000 homes across England and Wales.

The Consortium has appointed 17 law firms to a legal services framework worth an estimated £70m over four years.  it is the first time that CHIC (the Central Housing Investment Consortium) has set up a framework for its members.

Helen Edwards, director at Kennedy Cater, the legal procurement experts who have procured the framework said “We will work with CHIC to roll out these benefits to all of its members … its so easy to continue returning to the same professional service but being stuck in a rut is not good practice…  its much more effective to have a catalogue of trusted lawyers at your disposal…. it will  make [your internal team] more efficient..”

Tim runs workshop in which he looks in depth at the new Absolute Ground for Possession

Lively and interactive discussions with delegates during the session centred on the preparatory work, and also delegates learnt that what constitutes a ‘serious offence’ is quite wide ranging.  Consideration of the case law led to useful and informative discussions around the all important review process.

One delegate said “A very interesting, relevant and useful session … interactive throughout”.

If you are interested in booking a similar workshop for your team, please contact info@housinglawservices.co.uk., and we will be pleased to discuss this with you.


Glenda attends St. Leonards academy Year 10 Careers Fair and progression Morning

My Future Starts Here organisers of the above, say of HLS “…Your support at these events helps the schools involved … enables students to benefit from contact with a range of education and training providers so that they ar able to make informed choices in the future”

See our recent bulletin in relation to the case of Medway Council –v- SSCIG, Byrne & Anr.

This bulletin deals with  developers of new housing and the problems that might arise when the new development becomes economically unviable due to the inclusion of affordable homes either through directly funding them or funding the locality authority to do so.  The case was decided in the High Court. Download the bulletin here…


2016 – Students take up work experience Opportunities

During the year and particularly during July and August 2016 HLS have a number of year 10 & 11 students doing work experience.  Each student is usually with the firm a week.  For more information please contact our Business Manager, Claire Woolford.

Ashley Parrette, Leasehold Manager for Southern Housing Group and chair of the South East CIH leasehold discussion group, has recently won a Gold medal for England in the Masters Division at the Commonwealth Games in South Africa. Please follow the link to see the medal for yourselves and join with us in congratulating Ashley in his outstanding achievement.

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See our bulletin in relation to the recent case of CN & GN -V- Poole Borough Council and the duty of care to protect from anti social behaviour

March 2016 – This case looks at the duty imposed on a local authority and whether this may be by virtue of its status rather than as a provider of social housing.

Download bulletin here

Tim Crook seconded by the Law Society’s Housing Law Committee

Tim Crook was recently seconded by the Law Society’s Housing Law Committee to form part of a working group set up by the Civil Justice Council to consider the legal logistics and feasibility of using the tribunal system to deal with property disputes, rather than the County Court.  The continued use of the County Court for property disputes remains under review.  We will post updates on this issue as more information becomes available.

Claverham Students take up work experience opportunities

Tim attends Claverham Careers Fair and hls are proud to offer several students the opportunity for work experience

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