Well 35 actually.
35 lucky recipients of Easy Law Training Ltd’s course ‘Homelessness Investigations for the Working Officer’ delivered over two days to participants from different councils around Weymouth, Bournemouth, Christchurch etc.
I’ve delivered this course to largely the same crew a couple of times already but they keep getting me back in to do it again. I like to think its to hear the same old jokes and anecdotes but they assure me it is for the legal information.
The reason for repeated visits being that it is largely case law driven and case law changes.
Sure we cover the same old-same old five tests but it’s the emphasis on defining case law, weird case law that throws spanners in the works, contradictory case law that drives you mad and the new ones that works as a homelessness law update.
This time we covered the big Supreme Court decisions on the definition of ‘Vulnerability’ in the conjoined cases of Hotak, Kanu and Johnson, so we spent quite a while on that.
We also looked at Nzolameso, the case that made the national papers and made Westminster Council hang their heads in shame……while the rest of us guffawed and the Haile case that has been getting much publicity.
For good measure I threw in the 9 different ways that a section 21 can be invalid, courtesy of the Deregulation Act 2015, a present for homelessness prevention officers everywhere but one which will probably lengthen the interviews by about a hour while the Section 21 gets scrutinised to death.