Annual Local Government & Social Housing Webinar 2022






1 per talk



We are delighted to confirm our Annual Local Government and Social Housing Webinar 2022.

This year’s event on 8th – 11th February 2022 comprises a range of talks over four days covering many varied topics and areas of law. Please see the programme below.

To reserve your place please email Jo Stapley.

Please click here for more information on our Local Government and Social Housing department.



Tuesday 8th February

09:30 – 10:30 – Paul Burns – Anti-Social Behaviour Law
Disability, The Equality Act and The Public Sector Equality Duty in Possession Proceedings & topical issues in Committal Proceedings.

11:00 – 12:00 – Peter Dixon – Planning Law – The Environment Act 2021 and After
The Act has finally made it onto the statute book and will be brought into effect over the coming months. Peter Dixon provides an overview of the provisions introducing mandatory bio-diversity net gain requirements to the planning process.

12:30 – 13:30 – Hedley Nield – Section 58 Defences in Personal Injury Cases
A review of the statutory defence pursuant to Section 58 Highways Act 1980 having particular regard to more difficult scenarios such as rear alleyways. Delegates will be presented with practical tips and an update on relevant case law.

14:00 – 15:00 – Louis Browne QC – Judicial Review
Louis will discuss important recent trends in judicial review.


Wednesday 9th February

09:30 – 10:30 – David Went – New UK Subsidy Control Bill
David will provide an overview of the subsidy control regime applicable in the UK following Brexit. He will examine the current position since 31 December 2020 and how this is likely to change once the Subsidy Control Bill has been enacted.

11:00 – 12:00 – William Hanbury – Dilapidations Post Covid and Related Issues
Bill will discuss the difficulties with Section 18 of the 1927 Landlord and Tenant Act, litigating under the Dilapidations Protocol and re-purposing and challenges facing landlords and tenants.

12:30 – 13:30 – David Sandiford – Fundamental Dishonesty in Personal Injury Cases
David will deliver a comprehensive presentation on Fundamental Dishonesty. Delegates will be provided with an in depth update on relevant recent case law along with practical tips from a strategic and tactical perspective.

14:00 – 15:00 – Stephen Mallinson – Family Law Update
Stephen will look at the recent notable developments in family law and the impact on local authorities.


Thursday 10th February

09:30 – 10:30 – Brynmor Adams – Residential Leasehold Update
An update for local authorities and social landlords on the law relating to the management of residential long-leasehold developments. The talk will cover the latest developments relating to service charges, fire safety and the right to manage.

11:00 – 12:00 – Simon Whitfield and John Waiting – Business Rates Update
Simon and John will look at the Supreme Court’s important decision in Rossendale v Hurstwood on rates mitigation schemes, as well as recent guidance from the High Court on what is the proper test for rateable occupation.

12:30 – 13:30 – Chris Richards – Unadopted Highways in Personal Injury Cases
Chris will discuss how to determine if a highway is classed as a highway maintainable at the public expense and the evidence required for this.

14:00 – 15:00 – Lawrence McDonald – Claims for Rent under Covid
Lawrence will examine recent case law and discuss whether the pandemic affects liability to pay rent in commercial leases. This talk will consider recent decisions on the impact of Covid on the payment of rent, in particular Trocadero v Picturehouse and Bank of New York Mellon v Cine-UK.


Friday 11th February

09:30 – 10:30 – Roger Hillman – Thoughts on Medical Reports in Personal Injury Cases
Roger will discuss medical reports and the best Part 35 questions.

11:00 – 12:00 – Matthew Stockwell – Sexual Relations and Mental Capacity
Matthew will provide an update of recent case law in the Court of Protection.

12:30 – 13:30 – Richard McLean – Employment Law and Covid
Richard will look at Covid issues in the workplace going forward and will discuss remote working, vaccination, long Covid and other topical issues.

14:00 – 15:00 – Rebecca Clark – From A to B: How to draft a conveyance plan for P for authorisation by the Court of Protection
Rebecca will cover the evidence that the Court requires for authorisation of a safe, well-planned move for P using the least restrictive measures to move P safely from hospital to placement or home to placement.