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Dr David Smith

Dr David Smith Legal Counsel, NRLA

David is the NRLA’s Legal Counsel and was the RLA’s Policy Director. David specialises in residential property rights and agency and has experience of a wide range of property litigation. David is a Partner at JMW Solicitors.

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NRLA Advice Line

NRLA Advice Line

NRLA members can access free, unlimited one-to-one telephone advice from the NRLA advice team, six days a week.

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Doug Hall

Doug Hall Director 3mc

Doug Hall is a director of 3mc; a specialist mortgage provider within the buy-to-let sector. 3mc have been established for over 21 years working with lenders, mortgage intermediaries and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) providing all types of buy-to-let mortgage solutions.

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Kate Faulkner

Kate Faulkner Founder of Property Checklists

Kate Faulkner is one of the UK’s leading property experts. Through her free website, Propertychecklists.co.uk, she provides consumers with independent advice on how to buy, sell, rent, invest, renovate, maintain or build a property. She has written six property books and, each month, summarises what’s happening to property prices and rents.

A respected commentator, presents at industry conferences and makes frequent media appearances, including on BBC Breakfast News, Your Money, GMTV, ITV, Radio 4 and 5 Live.

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Paul Shamplina

Paul Shamplina Founder of Landlord Action

Involved in the legal system since 1987 - specialising in landlord/tenant disputes. As a certified bailiff he acted for landlords across the country. He is the recognised expert and is often featured on TV, Radio and in the press. Paul hates to see injustice and he campaigns for the good of all landlords. He is on your side. Or he’s just infront - making sure you’re protected.

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Bill Irvine

Bill Irvine Universal Credit Consultant

Bill has quickly become known as a very effective Welfare Rights Advocate. He has been involved in most of the major social security changes since the early 80’s when Housing Benefit was first introduced. As well as offering advice and assistance to landlords, primarily in the RSL/PRS sectors, he also provides representation when disputes can’t be resolved through negotiation and where they have to be progressed through the formal tribunal process, initially to First Tier and, if necessary, through to Upper Tier level where some of his cases have proved to be of national importance to disadvantaged groups.

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Christine Whitehead

Christine Whitehead Emeritus Professor in Housing Economics at the London School of Economics

Christine Whitehead is Emeritus Professor in Housing Economics at the London School of Economics. She is an internationally respected applied economist concentrating mainly in the fields of housing economics, finance and policy. Major research themes have included analysis of regulation and rented housing, the role of private renting in the UK and Europe and European models of housing finance.

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Caroline Elgar

Caroline Elgar Policy Manager, SAL

Caroline joined SAL in the role of policy manager in 2014. Before this, she had nearly 15 years’ experience working in the lettings industry, primarily in senior letting agency roles. Caroline has played a key part in SAL’s policy work on tenancy reform and has represented SAL in parliament and on a number of government working groups.

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Chris O'Leary

Chris O'Leary Deputy Director of Policy Evaluation and Research, Manchester Metropolitan University

Chris is a specialist in public policy and is Deputy Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. Chris has over fifteen years of experience in research and consultancy, gained both in the private and university sectors.

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Dr Tom Simcock

Dr Tom Simcock Research Fellow, Edge Hill University

Tom's expertise lies in researching change in society and public policy. Tom’s research on housing has received national media coverage, featuring on the front page of The Times, has influenced government policy making, and has been cited in debates in the House of Commons, House of Lords and by the London Mayor. Following a spell as a member of the RLA's research team, Tom now works for Edge Hill University.

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