London Day Centre's Community of Practice: The law & your practice

You can sign up for this event up until the last minute.

Thursday, 3 December 2020
Online 1pm - 3pm

This session will explore how to access the best legal support available for the people you support. Sarah Pearce from Southwark Law Centre will join us to share some of what she has learnt from 30 years practice in housing and homelessness law.

Homeless Link would like to invite you to the next London Day Centre’s Community of Practice with guest speaker Sarah Pearce from Southwark Law Centre.

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This session will focus on:

  • How solicitors can assist you to get the best results for the people you support;
  • When it is appropriate to contact a solicitor about a case;
  • Some key points of Housing Law and how cases can be challenged;
  • Where else you can access legal advice and guidance;
  • How best to prepare your client to meet with a solicitor;
  • How best you can support a successful clients/solicitor relationship;


Sarah is likely to cover additional areas as seem appropriate to her however, the primary focus will be on housing and homelessness law.

If you are unfamiliar with the core principles of homelessness legislation, please take a moment to read some as outlined HERE. Many other online resources are also available.

We will also ensure there is time set aside for Q&A. Additionally, if you have any case studies or specific questions (anonymised) please share these with Greg in advance and he will share with Sarah.  

The London Day Centre’s Community of Practice is open to staff and volunteers from day centres providing support to people who are rough sleeping and homeless across the capital.  Those from affiliated services such as homeless health workers, mental health services, criminal justice, the DWP, Social Enterprises, work and learning providers and other support projects are also welcome however the emphasis will remain on sharing good practice for day centres.

Homeless Link Communities of Practice are designed to bring together people working on the frontline of homelessness and related fields within local areas. The aim is to create a safe and informal space in which attendees can share their knowledge and good practice, discuss local issues, and explore how best to collaboratively overcome them.

Our CoP’s are open to paid and unpaid workers and to people with lived experience of homelessness.

We facilitate events using a Solution Focused Practice approach so that problems are acknowledged but not dwelt on; instead, we look at building on existing resources and skills to work towards a shared, preferred future – as well as expanding knowledge where required. As this is an online event, the format will vary however, we will endeavour to leave you feeling positive, hopeful and better connected to the bigger picture.

If you have any queries please contact Greg by email or call 07956396193

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Greg Headley

Partnership Manager (London & South)

Greg works as Homeless Link's Partnership Manager in London and the South.