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With the largest social housing team in Wales, we’re continuing to bring our legal experts together every year in a week dedicated to everything housing. ‘HJ Housing Week’ strives to cover the full spectrum of housing issues using our 40 years of experience advising the sector combined with insights from guest speakers.

Whether you are looking for a deep dive into a particular issue with a masterclass, an introduction to a new practice area that impacts your work or opinion on the commercial and policy decisions of the future, our blend of webinars, in-person events, articles and videos throughout HJ Housing week will deliver the information you need at a time that suits your schedule.

Running from 6 – 10 November, HJ Housing Week involves webinars, in-person events, videos and blogs focusing on an area of housing every day.


Governance & treasury

The first day of our HJ Housing Week 2023 looks at finance and governance issues within the housing sector. Our Banking team have collaborated with Triodos Bank who have been financing housing projects for over 40 years. With a strong focus on community and sustainability, Peter Borgers who leads on the bank’s social housing activities, joins Rowena Downie Partner in Hugh James’ Banking Team to discuss the latest opportunities for finance teams in the sector.


Housing management

The second day of our HJ Housing Week 2023 takes place in person and celebrates its 23rd year bringing the sector together to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities housing officers face.  Sessions focus on managing antisocial behaviour, protecting your staff, committal hearings and the latest lessons learned from the new Renting Homes (Wales) Act, which came into force in December 2022.


Development

The third day of our HJ Housing Week 2023 focuses on commercial property. Our construction and development teams help with horizon gazing for 2024 – looking ahead to some of the key construction law developments in 2024, including the latest JCT suite of contracts.  Partner and Head of Social Housing, Richard Macphail, is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the current development landscape for social housing providers and how our clients are navigating the economic and environmental barriers to meet current targets.


Employment & HR

The fourth day of our HJ Housing Week 2023 focuses on Employment & HR. We look at the latest case law developments as well as the key legislative changes that lie ahead in the employment space for 2023 and beyond. The session considers the newly issued guidance on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the new ACAS mental health guidance on reasonable adjustments and the government’s proposals to limit non-compete clauses.  Our team also discuss with chief executive Hayley Selway how the sector in Wales is making significant leaps with a pioneering approach to equality and diversity that properly addresses cultural backgrounds and neurodiversity in recruitment processes.


Keeping tenants safe : Disrepair and fire safety

Keeping tenants safe is undoubtedly a key priority for all involved in the sector. Achieving the right balance of responding swiftly to genuine claims of disrepair and managing the commercial challenges of vexatious claims fuelled by poorly advised tenants can be less clear cut.  Our final day of HJ Housing Week 2023 tackles these issues head on, highlighting the latest guidance from the judges’ bench, the collaborative approach being taken by the sector as a whole and how we can help. The team are also joined by regulatory law specialist and Senior Associate, Justin Davies who combines his expertise on fire safety with our housing management team.

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