Our team acts for a number of social housing organisations in relation to incidents of nuisance and anti social behaviour.
We work with clients from the point the housing officer has identified a potential problem through to a final Court order or committal stage. We can assist with obtaining the necessary evidence or just reviewing the evidence already available and advising as to the strengths and weaknesses of the case - bearing in mind the special evidence rules applicable to applications for anti social behaviour orders. Consideration will also be given as to whether there are practical measures which could be taken to avoid Court proceedings for an anti social behaviour order such as an anti social behaviour contract, mediation or a good neighbourhood agreement and the possible impact of any order made upon the registered social landlord and local community.
Prior to proceedings we have routinely been involved in preparing the necessary papers for consultation with the other relevant authorities and provided advice to the consultation meetings. We will consider the appropriate and most cost effective forum for any proceedings. We have experience of County Court and Magistrates Court proceedings. We consider and will advise whether an interim order is required, whether the anti social behaviour complained of is to be the basis of a freestanding application or part of other proceedings such as possession proceedings or an application for a demotion order. We have obtained anti social behaviour orders against minors and have considerable experience of anti social behaviour injunctions. When there has been a breach of the terms of an anti social behaviour injunction we have considerable experience in dealing with the subsequent hearings. We attend regular training courses to keep ahead of this fast developing and politically sensitive area.
We are well versed in adopting a multi-agency approach and have considerable experience in advising on the merits of mediation and restorative justice.
We like to work as a team with our clients and aim to aid the development of our client's staff with a number of bespoke training sessions. We also encourage our client's staff to discuss their cases with us through our initial advice line service which we believe benefits staff confidence and progression. We understand that speed is vital. This underpins our service, but not at the expense of quality.
15 May 2018
Housing & Regeneration
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