The Liver Building

Housing Disrepair Conference 2022 (online)


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 16th February, 2022

Time: 09:30 - 15:00

Areas of Law: Civil Litigation

Competencies: B


Course Code: S4619


Can’t make the date/time or need to revisit the training? No problem, booking onto this event means you will receive a link to access a recording of the event at your leisure! The link will be sent within approx 72hrs of live broadcast & be available for approx. 3 months, to view as many times as you wish.

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Welcome & introduction ~ DJ Lampkin

Tenancy & Lease Repairing Clauses ~ Philip Byrne, St Johns Buildings

  • What does the lease clause actually mean?
  • Has the right to enforce against a breach been waived?

Tips for Tenants ~ Jonathan Davidson, Broudie Jackson Canter

  • Repairs could be contractual if not s11
  • Issues of notice – not just checking repair records, did housing/rent officer know, calls to local offices, any visits to the property by officers etc

comfort break

Pre-action Protocol  for Housing Condition Claims ~ Mark Gannon & Josephine Morton, Brabners LLP

  • Review of key provisions
  • Consequences of non-compliance
  • Practical issues

A Surveyors Eye View and Update ~ David Walter, Restoration Design Partnership

  • Housing Disrepair – the basics.
  • Sections 9a and 10
  • Dangerous Cladding in High Rise Buildings
  • Part L Building Regulations 2010

comfort break

Handling Complaints about repairs ~ John Hoarey, Housing Ombudsman

  • What types of complaints does the Ombudsman receive about repairs?
  • What is the Ombudsman’s approach to repairs?
  • The Ombudsman as ADR
  • Our damp and mould report

Disrepair Witness Statements - Tips and Traps! ~ Louise Murphy, MSB

  • The important rules which govern how witness evidence should be prepared in civil cases; what information each type of document must contain and the Court Rules which must be followed
  • Practical advice on how to take a statement from an individual and tips to ensure witness statements are succinct and relevant
  • Potential ‘traps’ to avoid when drafting witness statements

Summary & thanks ~ DJ Lampkin

Speaker Biographies

Philip Byrne

Jonathan Davidson is a solicitor at Broudie Jackson Canter. He completed the Diploma in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004 and the Legal Practice Course at Liverpool John Moores in 2006, joining Broudie Jackson Canter the same year. Jonathan is highly experienced in dealing with tenants, with his case load consisting entirely of housing matters including disrepairs. Before training as a solicitor, Jonathan worked at the Whitechapel Centre for nine years helping people with drug and alcohol problems. He also acts as a mentor to law student’s at Liverpool universities and is a member of the North West Housing Law Practitioners Association.

Mark Gannon

John Hoarey is a Dispute Resolution Manager at the Housing Ombudsman Service. He has over ten years of experience in ADR working for Ombudsmen and inquisitorial dispute resolution.

District Judge Mark Lampkin became a Solicitor in 1990 with Napthens in Preston and later with Lace Mawer and Fletchers before starting his own practice in 1999. His practice was personal injury and general litigation.  He became a Deputy District Judge in 2010 and a District Judge in 2018. He is now a District Judge in the Business and Property Court in Liverpool.

Josephine Morton completed her training contract with specialist social housing firm Bremners and qualified in 2008 and joined Brabners in 2009 following the firm’s merger with Bremners. Josephine is a Senior Associate in the Housing & Regeneration team and specialises in contentious housing management, including a large housing disrepair caseload. Josephine’s client base ranges from small housing co-operatives to national Registered Providers throughout the North West and beyond. She also acts for private landlords.

Louise Murphy  is the Head of Social Housing and Regeneration at MSB and has an in-depth knowledge of Social Housing law throughout her 16 year career. She has developed the Social Housing team into a formidable unit; she is tenacious and achieves outstanding results. Louise has comprehensive understanding of housing management, enforcement, disrepair and asset management.  She is able to offer Registered Providers focused and pragmatic advice. Louise enjoys achieving the best outcomes for clients in a robust and cost-effective manner whilst being part of a wider, driven team. Her approach is straight forward, to the point and she gets the job done.

David Walter commenced his career as an Articled Pupil in 1963. He qualified by examination as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 1970. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1981. David Walter was employed for 6 years with a local authority, where his duties included the survey and maintenance of public sector property. He then joined a large national company where he was responsible for the management of a large portfolio of property, which included domestic and commercial properties. In 1981 he moved into private practice and in 1985 he became Building Surveying Partner with a large multi-disciplinary practice of Surveyors and Architects heading up a team of 18 surveyors. In 1981 David Walter began acting as an Expert Witness with regard to Building Disputes, Professional Negligence matters. In 1981 David Walter undertook his first inspection with regard to Housing Disrepair and since that time he has undertaken several thousands of inspections with regard to Housing Disrepair and has seen the changes brought about in Legal Aid funding of cases and the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules and the Housing Disrepair Protocol. More recently he has seen an increase in the number of instructions to act as a Single Jointly Appointed Expert, and cases relating to dangerous and/defective cladding of high rise buildings. David Walter continues to work as a Consultant Building Surveyor, whilst servicing cases upon which he has already reported.


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