18th April 2024
Location

London

54 Doughty Street
London
WC1N 2LS
020 7404 1313

DOUGHTY STREET'S ONE DAY HOUSING CONFERENCE

Thursday 18th April | 9:00 - 17:30 | In person, followed by a drinks reception

We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to you for our upcoming one-day housing conference. This year, our focus is on the critical intersection of Disability and Housing Law, addressing the challenges faced by disabled individuals in securing suitable accommodation. The conference will bring together practitioners and experts to explore innovative ways to better support and assist disabled clients.

Key Topics:

  • Equality Act 2010 and damages claims
  • Adaptations and allocations
  • Homelessness strategies and anticipatory duties
  • Mental health and capacity
  • Working with and empowering disabled clients

We’ll be joined by members of our Housing team including Sophy MilesDaniel ClarkeSarah SteinhardtRea MurrayZia Nabi, Martin Westgate KC and external experts including Monica Kreel of TV Edwards Solicitors.

This year, we are proud to support Disability Rights UK as our chosen charity. All proceeds from the conference will be dedicated to this worthy cause. Disability Rights UK is the UK's leading organization run by, working with, and empowering disabled clients. They collaborate with Disabled People's Organisations and the Government across the UK to influence regional and national change for better rights, benefits, quality of life, and economic opportunities for Disabled people.

Tickets:

  • £25 per person for general attendees
  • £15 per person for not-for-profit organizations

The full ticket price will be donated to Disability Rights UK.

We are delighted to have the Legal Action Group as our media partners for this conference.

Catering: 

Lunch will be provided, and we want to ensure your comfort. Please let us know of any dietary needs or restrictions so that we can accommodate your preferences.

Following the conference, please join us for a drinks reception, offering an excellent opportunity for networking and further discussion.

General Accessibility: 

Please see Chambers’ accessibility information and a virtual tour of chambers here. The conference will be held on the ground floor. Please let us know in advance if you need any assistance accessing our meeting facilities. For further information, please refer to the Reasonable Adjustment section of DSC’s Equality & Diversity Policy here or contact DSC Head of Facilities, Terrance Munduru.

This conference is for lawyers/NGO’s/charities working in this field on behalf of tenants.

This conference is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact events@doughtystreet.co.uk.

PROGRAMME
09:00

Registration and refreshments


09:30


Welcome 

Zia Nabi, Joint head of housing team at Doughty Street Chambers


09:35


Keynote 

Clive Gilbert, Policy Manager for Assistive and Accessible Technology


10:00


Panel session: Mental Health and Capacity

Chair: Dominic Preston, Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Sophy Miles and Daniel Clarke, Doughty Street Chambers

Our speakers will provide an introduction to the law around mental capacity and the functions of the Court of Protection, as well as addressing common issues that arise in the housing context and practical solutions. Topics will include Part 21, hoarding, and running possession cases alongside COP proceedings. 


11:15

Coffee break
 

11:45


Panel session: Equality Act and Damages

Chair: Marie Paris, Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Sarah Steinhardt and Rea Murray, Doughty Street Chambers

This panel will explore how to achieve the best possible outcomes in disability discrimination claims. Our speakers will address the broad legal framework, as well as giving tips on instructing experts, getting funding, and drawing on other practice areas to justify generous damages awards in housing cases. 


13:00

Lunch
 

14:00


Promoting the Rights of Disabled Clients

In conversation with Monica Kreel, Associate, TV Edwards, and Alice Irving, Doughty Street Chambers.

Monica and Alice will be discussing: 

  • How to empower clients to be involved in their cases
  • Getting reasonable adjustments
  • The tensions between the challenging the vulnerability narrative and presenting our client’s case
  • How we can promote equality in the work we do, for our clients and our colleagues
  • Poverty, disability and systemic inequality
  • Accessibility to court system for disabled people

14:45


Panel session: Adaptations and Allocations

Chair: Associate David Cowan, Doughty Street Chambers 

Speakers: Zia Nabi and Marie Paris, Doughty Street Chambers

This panel will be looking at ways to get your clients suitable accommodation, be that through disabled facilities grants, challenges under the Care Act 2014, or challenges to housing allocations schemes and their implementation.


16:00

Coffee break
 

16:30

Panel discussion: Q&A
 

17:00


Closing speech

Martin Westgate KC, Doughty Street Chambers

Our closing speaker will look at the ways in which local authorities need to be proactive in anticipating the needs of disabled people within their district, and monitoring the extent to which that need is being met. Topics will include homelessness strategies and the public sector equality duty. 


17:30

 
Drinks reception