Overview

Our team provides a flexible service which can be tailored to your needs, allowing your cases to be dealt with as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

We currently provide expert practical legal advice to Registered Social Landlords (RSL) and Local Authority clients.

We provide specialist assistance to social landlords in all aspects of tenancy enforcement and dealing with issues of nuisance behaviour and/or criminal activity within their estates and communities. We are also able to provide specialist advice and assistance in relation to all aspects of housing management, to include succession, defending disrepair claims, homelessness and allocations. Please also refer to the more substantive list of services below.

We offer a wide range of training courses specifically designed to be informative as well as practical in order to maximise our clients’ in-house expertise and management capabilities.

We can provide expert advice on the following areas:  
 
  • Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – advising on all remedies available, including:
    • Closure Power
    • Community Protection Notice
    • Public Spaces Protection Order
  • Abandonment
  • Applications to suspend the right to buy
  • Civil injunctions, without notice/on short notice
  • Committals for breach of injunctions
  • Complex cases involving European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
  • Contested/disputed succession claims
  • Dealing with tenant’s death
  • Defending housing disrepair cases
  • Demotion applications
  • Drafting warning letter and notice
  • Effective early intervention
  • Housing law and Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Housing law and the Equality Act 2010
  • Managing S.209 agreements
  • Mandatory ground/s for possession
  • Possession claims
  • Public sector equality duty
  • Social housing tenancy fraud
  • Social Care Regulation
  • Training for Housing Officers in court
  • Trespass
  • Unauthorised improvements/adaptions
  • Unauthorised sub-letting

 

Key contact

Bethan is head of the housing management team as a result of her capability and specialist knowledge in her field of law, having exclusively practised in the area of social housing and anti-social behaviour since qualification in 2003. A specialist in social housing law and practice, anti-social behaviour and landlord and tenant (residential), Bethan assisted in setting up Wales’s first anti-social behaviour unit at Hugh James. Bethan is recognised as an experienced advocate by clients and peers alike.

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Quotes

I think of Bethan and her team as an extension of our office such is the relationship I enjoy with the team. They go to great lengths to understand us as clients and when in need of legal knowledge and leadership which is invariably at short notice, they rise to the challenge and deliver with a smile.

Gill Barnett, Tai Calon Community Housing

We have been working in partnership with the social housing sector as it has grown and developed and we have an unrivalled level of expertise in the law and insight into the sector.

Our specialist housing management and property teams have developed a range of training sessions covering issues which we know present regular challenges for clients. Our courses provide you with the up to date law, sound practical and pragmatic advice and solutions and the knowledge you need to try and avoid disputes arising. The sessions combine an element of teaching together with interactive tasks which are carried out in a workshop style.

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