Wales' Housing Law Revolution:

Challenges and Opportunities for the Social Rented Sector

A practical workshop to be be held on a date TBA with Professor Martin Partington CBE  QC

Watch some clips from Professor Partingtons talk to the Landlord Law Conference in May 2015

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A rare chance for leaders in the provision of social rented housing and discharge of homelessness duties - whether local authority or housing association - to come together and discuss the challenges and opportunities created by the rapidly changing policy and legal environment on social housing which now exists in Wales.

It will be of interest to:

  • all those responsible for the effective provision of rented housing to their communities and
  • to those procuring properties from the PRS and delivering a homelessness prevention service.

The workshop will be led by Professor Martin Partington CBE QC.

As Law Commissioner for England and Wales, Martin led the work on Renting Homes which forms a major part of the Welsh Assembly Government's Law Reform Programme.

The new laws governing renting in Wales are a radical and innovative game-changer for every housing organisation in the country, not only in terms of service delivery for public sector landlords but also homelessness and advice services.

It is rare for a completely new legal system to be put in place, as is happening in Wales and misunderstanding not only the legislation itself but also the broader social implications of it can prove costly.

Things you need to consider:

  • Are your organisation’s policies and strategies accurately drafted in keeping with the new legislation?
  • Are your staff ready to deliver services in line with the changes?
  • Is your organisation sufficiently on top of the possible impacts on service delivery for the coming year?

Who should attend?

Managers responsible for service delivery in a range of sectors:

  • Housing management
  • Housing advice services
  • Homelessness prevention and case work
  • Procurement service

Themes for the day will include:

  • The background to the changes and what they are meant to achieve:
  • Housing (Wales) Act 2014
  • Renting Homes (Wales) Bill 2015
  • Understanding the licensing provisions of the private rented sector in relation to homelessness prevention
  • The new tenancies and eviction procedures
  • Absorbing the new legislation into your policies and procedures

This workshop will provide detailed information on the specific requirements of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 and the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.

It also gives you the chance to quiz Professor Partington on all aspects of the legislation and to discuss with each other how the new law will affect your organisation's service delivery and procedures in the coming years.

Reasons for attending:

  • Be prepared for massive changes

    The new housing law changes for Wales will affect all housing sectors and for public sector housing service delivery this means a complete rethink of the way renting is conducted across the board.

  • Learn the political drivers

    Delegates will learn about the political drivers to these important legal changes to the renting system for Wales.

  • Understand the new legislation

    Homelessness prevention and procurement teams will benefit from a unified approach to understanding how public and private sectors will interact with each other under the new legislation.

  • Develop policies and procedures

    Housing managers will be better placed to upgrade policies and procedures for their housing management teams in light of the new legislation.

About Professor Partington

Martin Partington studied law at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1965 and has held several  academic teaching posts.  He also qualified as a barrister and was a founding member of Arden Chambers where he remains a Door Tenant.

From January 2001 he took up appointment as Law Commissioner for England and Wales (2001 – 2006) and Special Consultant (to 2008). There he led major projects on the reform of housing law (which are now being implemented by the Welsh Assembly Government), and other projects on administrative justice.

While now retired from full-time employment, he continues to write in his areas of expertise; he chairs the board of The Dispute Service – neatly combining his interest in housing law and ADR.  In 2012, he was invited to talk to officials in the Welsh Assembly Government about the Law Commission’s Housing Law Reform reports. In May 2013, the Welsh Government announced that they would be implementing the recommendations of the Law Commission.

He was appointed CBE in 2002; elected a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2006; and appointed an Honorary QC in 2008.

Practical details:

  • The event will take place on a date TBA
  • It will be a full days workshop starting at 10.00 am and ending at 4.30 pm
  • The venue is the Angel Hotel, in Cardiff


The event will cost £480 (£400 + VAT) payable in advance

Numbers strictly limited to 20 places

Book now to secure your place

The Angel Hotel

The Angel Hotel, Cardiff, where the workshop will take place


Your questions answered:

  • q-iconWhat are the times and venue?

    The workshop will start at 10.00 am (with registration from 9.00 am) and will end at 4.30 pm.  It will take place at the Angel Hotel in Castle Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1SZ.

  • q-iconWhat happens if I want to cancel?

    Under our terms and conditions (which you can see here) you will get a full  refund if you cancel within 14 days of payment, save during the 14 days before the event.  Refunds after 14 days are subject to a £25 cancellation fee.  You can cancel at any time before payment but note that until payment is made we reserve the right to allocate your place to another delegate (after giving you prior notice) if we are overbooked.

  • q-iconWill the event carry CPD?

    Although we are not a formal accreditation company, most organisations will respect our training for CPD purposes.  If necessary we can provide confirmation of attendance.

  • q-iconWhat else is included for the fee?

    You will get a set of course notes  drafted by Martin Partington.  The fee also includes tea, coffee and a two course lunch which will be taken in the Angel Hotel restaurant.  There will also be free wi fi

  • q-iconWhat about travel to the venue and parking?

    The Angel Hotel is close to the main Cardiff Railway station and bus station.  So far as parking is concerned there is a certain amount of parking at the hotel car park (on a first come first served basis).  If this is full, there are several NCP carparks nearby.  Probably the closest is in Westgate Street which you can pre book.