Friday 01 December 2017

Using the County Court: Small Claims in Housing

This one day seminar has been designed to provide training to those involved in housing rights, student support and welfare within both educational establishments and students’ unions who may be involved in such cases. It specifically deals with those who might wish to represent students and assist them at Small Claims Court level.

Suitable for: student services providers and all those who deal with students living in the private rented sector.

Unipol Boardroom - Leeds

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Agenda

9.30am - 9.45am Registration and coffee

9.45am –10.00am Introductions and overview of the day

10.00am – 10.30am The legal and practical framework

10.30am – 11.15am Preparing a case –what has to be proved? What evidence is needed? What are the legal issues?

11.15am - 11.30am Break (tea and coffee available)

11.30am – 11.55am Preparation of Smith v Jones 

11.55pm – 12.55pm The hearing of Smith v Jones

12.55pm – 1.45pm Lunch (provided)

1.45pm – 2.15pm Feedback - what have we learnt from Smith v Jones?

2.15pm – 2.45pm Preparation of Brown v White 

2.45pm – 3.00pm Break (tea and coffee available)

3.00pm – 4.00pm The hearing of Brown v White

4.00pm – 4.25pm Feedback – what have we learnt from Brown v White?

4.25pm – 4.35pm Questions, Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Synopsis

The small claims court deals with cases where claimants are looking for a monetary outcome and are claiming less than 10,000 pounds.

This one day seminar has been prepared by John Martin, a barrister, to provide training to those involved in housing rights, student support and welfare within both educational establishments and students’ unions who may be involved in such cases. It specifically deals with those who might wish to represent students and assist them at Small Claims Court level.

The day will cover all the steps needed to be taken before taking a case before the small claims court, including evidence gathering, the burden of proof and court papers preparation, as well as looking at whether court action is the right remedy. The course will look at two cases and will discuss how to present them, participants will be encouraged to take an active role. The cases will be concerned with defending rent arrears and disrepair claims.

The seminar is designed to meet the needs of all those involved in advising and representing students and we are fortunate to have secured the services of Mr John Martin (barrister) who will run the day. Because of the participative nature of the day, this event is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.
 

COURSE LEADER

John Martin, Barrister

A barrister who worked in private practice and for Bradford Law Centre for many years, he has wide experience of litigation on disrepair, harassment and illegal eviction, housing rights and the right to education, including actions in further and higher education. John is also Chair of the Unipol/ANUK Tribunal for the Codes of Practice for Larger Student Developments and currently works for an inner city Bradford Advice Centre managing immigration appeals.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £270
Friends of Unipol Rate - £235
Students' Union Rate - £185

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