Getting to grips with Anti-Social Behaviour

Together we are Forbes

Tuesday 29 April 2008, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Understanding the issues facing the Housing Sector

Find out about your legal obligations, learn about recent developments and receive practical advice from leading experts.

This seminar will give you an insight into the key anti-social behaviour issues facing the housing sector. The expert speakers will bring you up-to-speed on where the law currently stands, provide practical advice on managing these issues, and arm you with a helpful tool-kit of remedies for you to take away.

The day will finish with a question and answer discussion session where you can probe the expert speakers for advice on any grey areas and hear from colleagues with similar issues and responsibilities. They will be joined in this session by Graham Gregson, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for the Safer Preston Partnership. Graham has been a police officer for over 20 years and has considerable experience in community policing and training.


8.30 Registration, refreshments and networking

9.10 Welcome - Siobhan Hardy, Forbes Solicitors

9.15 What tools are available to tackle ASB and when should they be used
Lachlan McLean, Forbes Solicitors
Peter Marcus, Barrister

11.00 Refreshment Break

11.20 Preparing witness evidence for an ASB case
Stuart Penswick, Forbes Solicitors

12.00 Ombudsman, failure to act and case law update
Peter Marcus, Barrister

12.45 Question and answer session
The expert speakers will be joined by ASB Police Co-ordinator Graham Gregson to answer your questions.

1.00 Lunch 
A 2-course lunch will be served in the spectacular foyer area of the Bridgewater Hall. This is an unmissable opportunity to meet with other housing professionals and experts from Forbes to share ideas and experiences.

2.00 Close

Who will be speaking?

Stuart Penswick, Forbes Solicitors

Stuart specialises in housing litigation and represents a large number of RSL and local authority clients. He has experience in housing management litigation, anti-social behaviour, tenancy and occupation issues and possession proceedings. He also has considerable experience in advising clients on gaining access to tenanted properties for the purpose of carrying out gas servicing. Stuart is a regular speaker at CIH events and is a member of the Board of Management for New Fylde Housing - a Registered Social Landlord.

Lachlan McLean, Forbes Solicitors

Lachlan read Law at Cambridge University and has passed the Bar Vocational Course at Manchester Metropolitan University. He works closely with other team members on property litigation for clients including local authorities and housing associations.

Peter Marcus, Civil Law Barrister

Peter specialises in all aspects of public and private housing and landlord & tenant law. Before taking up the law, Peter worked for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as a national housing policy and practice advisor, before which he was housing and regeneration manager at the London Borough of Camden. He also teaches on the BPP Law School's GDL conversion course (Tort and Constitutional & Admin law), is on the board of several voluntary sector charities and housing organisations, and gives frequent seminars and conference talks on housing and public law.

Who should attend?

All those involved in delivering functional Anti-Social Behaviour services for social and public landlords.

What people say about our events

'I was extremely impressed with the quality of the material and the speakers, the event was very well run and managed'

'We were very impressed with the day. A superb course for anyone involved in housing association work as it covered all of the essential areas in a sufficient amount of detail. It was very good value for money'

'We all found the seminar very beneficial and would definitely attend future events'

The cost of the seminar is £70 +VAT (£82.25) per delegate, including lunch. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment