Exchange Chambers hosts largest ever virtual conference for over 1500 delegates

February 26, 2021

Exchange Chambers this week staged its largest ever virtual conference.

Over 1500 delegates attended Chambers’ 5-day Local Government & Social Housing Seminar – a sector focused national conference for local authorities, private registered providers, their solicitors and insurers.

Over the course of the week, twenty-five barristers from Exchange Chambers delivered a range of presentations to delegates.

Commenting on the success of the event, Paul Burns, Head of Local Government & Social Housing at Exchange Chambers said:

“We are thrilled to have staged an event of this scale.

Over the last fifteen years, our annual conference has established itself as one of the key dates in the diary for the local government and social housing sectors.

While the decision to move the event online was driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, the level of interest has been astounding.

A big thank you to all the delegates, speakers and organisers for their contribution to the success of the event.”

The programme for this year’s Local Government & Social Housing Seminar was as follows:

Monday 22nd February 2021

Paul Burns – Anti-Social Behaviour Law: Case Law Developments on Equality Act challenges to Possession Proceedings & Committal Proceedings under the post October 2020 rules.

Simon Whitfield and John Waiting Business Rates.

Chris Richards and James Kinsey – Highways Act Claims Against Local Authorities.

Paul Kirtley and Catherine Knowles – Employment Tribunals: Practising during a pandemic.

Kevin Slack – Criminal Law Update.

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Paul Burns – Defending residential disrepair litigation: The Pre-Action Protocol for Housing Conditions Claims & Strategies to Manage and Mitigate Risk and Costs.

Roger Hillman – Capacity in the Court of Protection.

Gareth ShiresData Protection claims: the new whiplash?

Simon RossStrategies and Tactics for Defending Credit Hire Claims in Personal Injury Claims.

David Temkin Preparation for Crown Court Hearings.

Wednesday 24th February 2021

Rebecca Clark and Nadia KoucheksaraiAuthorisation of deprivation of liberty for young people in the Court of Protection and under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

William Hanbury – The effect of COVID on commercial L and T.

Paul Kirtley and Simon LewisRemedies in Employment Cases: Just what is the Claimant looking for?

Christian Taylor – Schedules of Loss in Personal Injury Claims.

Paul Johnson A review of the use of Mediation post COVID-19, and its future use.

Thursday 25th February 2021

Celestine Greenwood and Robert Povall – Impact of Brexit on Public Law Proceedings with a European Element and Update on ‘Habitual Residence’

Lawrence McDonald – Electronic Communications Code update.

Brynmor Adams Homelessness Update.

Lee Speakman – Fraud and Fundamental Dishonesty in Personal Injury Case.

Natalia Cornwall and Charlotte Atherton – Disclosure in Criminal Cases.

Friday 26th February 2021

Celestine Greenwood and Robert Povall – Refresher on Regulatory Governance of Placements and Discussion on the Challenges of COVID-19 on Contact and Assessments.

Brynmor Adams – Possession, Pitfalls and the Pandemic.

Tania Griffiths QC – EHCPs, Special Educational Needs

Please contact Jo Stapley for individual speaker presentations.