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UK-Bar Guide

Social Housing — London (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Arden Chambers impresses with its work acting for both social landlords and tenants. Its members routinely appear before both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and continue to be sought after by central government to provide policy advice. The set itself is acclaimed for its impressively deep bench of barristers who are masters across the full spectrum of social housing concerns. They have particular strength in cases concerning homelessness and allocations, possession and housing benefit. In addition, they regularly author or contribute to the majority of the leading sector publications, including the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice.

Client service: "The set has very organised, professional clerks who are approachable and friendly." Jason Savage is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Andrew Arden QC
A highly experienced and well-regarded housing silk. A master in his field, he has made over 25 appearances in the Supreme Court and is a regular feature in the most high-profile social housing cases. His significant contribution to the field includes long-standing positions as editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice, the Housing Law Reports and the Journal of Housing Law.
Strengths: "Has encyclopaedic knowledge of housing law, having been there right from the start."
Recent work: Acted for the applicant in Haque v Hackney LBC, a case dealing with how the Equality Act impacts on homelessness assessments and provision by local authorities.

JUNIORS

Justin Bates
Distinguished by the depth of his experience acting for social landlords, tenants and long leaseholders in particular. He routinely appears in cases, both for and against local authorities, concerning landlord licensing schemes. Bates is increasingly active in policy work, and recently assisted the Labour Housing Team in drafting the Homelessness Reduction Bill. As a further contribution to this sector, he also acts as deputy general editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice.
Strengths: "His knowldege of the law is second to none." "On leasehold issues, nobody can match him."
Recent work: Acted for Oxford CC in a service charge dispute in respect of the major refurbishment of all tower blocks in Oxford.

Christopher Baker
Founder member and head of Arden Chambers, who is a specialist in housing and has "a comprehensive knowledge of local government law." He owes his strong reputation in the sector to his many appearances in high-profile cases, which are often heard before the Supreme Court. Notable areas of expertise include allocation schemes, homelessness and possession proceedings. He is recognised for the quality of his advisory work on matters such as policy making and strategic administration.
Strengths: "He is very, very good on technical areas of local authority law." "A go-to for landlord work."
Recent work: Represented the local authority in Poshteh v Kensington and Chelsea RLBC in the Supreme Court. The case dealt with the suitability of accomodation offered to homeless individuals and the scope of the court's jurisdiction under Section 204 of the Housing Act 1996.

Andrew Dymond
Considered an extremely powerful practitioner in technically complex cases. His written advice wins particular praise, as does his insight into matters concerning proposed housing schemes and statutory compliance. He also authors and edits key housing law commentary. In court, he impresses as being both authoritative and a decent opponent.
Strengths: "Has an amazing brain when it comes to housing law. There is no question to which he doesn't know the answer. He is quite brilliant."
Recent work: Successfully defended a challenge to the lawfulness of Birmingham City Council's procedure and practice for dealing with homelessness applications.

Jonathan Manning
Known particularly for his local government and judicial review work, he regularly appears for individual applicants and tenants, as well as local authorities and registered providers. He is increasingly involved in cases relating to housing benefits, including the 2012 benefit cap, and has a growing practice undertaking cases regarding the new antisocial behaviour powers.
Strengths: "Very easy to get on with and is liked by clients." "He has an incredible sense of humour, which goes down well with clients, and he is a trustworthy pair of hands."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a judicial review of Richmond upon Thames LBC's additional licensing scheme.

Iain Colville
Primarily handles housing cases and homelessness appeals on behalf of public authorities and individual applicants, and is also widely experienced in landlord and tenant litigation, including possession proceedings. He is regularly instructed in cases in the lower and higher courts, and has made several recent appearances in the Supreme Court. His complementary knowledge of the wider aspects of local government renders him a formidable opponent.
Strengths: "A seasoned performer who has impressed in some very interesting cases." Recent work: Acted for the tenant in an appeal against a decision dismissing a challenge to succession rights under Section 87 of the Housing Act 1985.

Toby Vanhegan
Talented junior who is highly thought of for his innovative approach. He is sought after by both landlords and tenants, and demonstrates particular strength in housing cases containing human rights or immigration elements. In addition, he has a niche practice acting for occupiers in challenges to lawfulness regarding their exclusion from secure tenure. His sterling practice regularly sees him appearing before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the ECHR.
Strengths: "A man on a mission who's not afraid to run esoteric points."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in Holley v Hillingdon LBC, arguing that the length of residence is relevant to the proportionality of ordering eviction.

Robert Brown
Praised for his relaxed and confident court manner, he is an impressive junior who has appeared in courts at all levels, and has experience of handling both multi-track and fast-track cases. He is particularly good at possession claims.
Strengths: "Very thorough and knows the areas in a lot of detail. You can instruct him and feel confident he will do a fine job." "Very good on difficult points of law and also very approachable."

Stephanie Lovegrove
Regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities and is well respected for her adroit handling of complex leasehold disputes. She demonstrates prowess across all areas of landlord and tenant law, including residential and commercial possession matters and homelessness appeals, and has appeared in courts of all levels, including the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Very personable and provides thorough feedback. She is also very meticulous and gets right into the guts of the case." "She is exceptional, very thorough, inventive and both technically and legally sound."
Recent work: Acted for Birmingham CC in a homelessness appeal regarding the rationality of deciding a person is not disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

Ian Peacock
Joined the set in April 2017. He is renowned for his adept representation of clients in housing, homelessness and allocation cases in all levels of court, and has appeared unled in the Supreme Court in Samin v Westminster.
Strengths: "He is really bright and has great experience of appearing in the Supreme Court."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

"An outstanding chambers to instruct when you need heavyweight advice and representation," Cornerstone Barristers is a widely revered set that acts for social landlords, housing associations and local authorities across the full gamut of social housing cases. It is praised for having advocates at the forefront of the social housing sector, who act in a vast array of housing cases, including those relating to anti-social behaviour, service charge disputes and allocations. They are also noted for their presence in cases where public law or human rights defences are raised. The team is also sought after by local government and housing associations for their guidance on policy matters.

Client service:
"The clerks are very good and organised. They're always ready to help you and provide a good client care service." Ben Connor leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Matt Hutchings QC
Highly regarded, passionate advocate with a broad housing practice. He is known for his adept representation of local authorities, tenants and homeless applicants before all levels of court.
Strengths: "Hard working and bright." "A well-deserved new silk who is a very good lawyer."

Ranjit Bhose QC
Well-respected silk with a broad housing practice that encompasses possession actions, housing finance and large-scale regeneration schemes for local authority and housing association clients. He is particularly commended for his expertise in complex leaseholder issues and service charges. Bhose frequently appears at all levels of court, including the Upper Tribunal and Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very intelligent and very personable." "His client-handling skills are second to none, and when on his feet, he is clear, concise and to the point."
Recent work: Successfully defended a case in the Court of Appeal regarding public law defences to possession proceedings brought by public landlords.

Kelvin Rutledge QC
Highly experienced silk with a particular focus on matters concerning local government. He offers respected expertise in a range of cases, such as those involving homelessness allocation schemes and outer borough placements. He also makes frequent appearances before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Rutledge complements his housing expertise with an impressive community care practice, and is able to act in a range of cases where the two spheres intersect.
Strengths: "A pleasure to deal with," he is "very approachable, easy to deal with and down to earth."
Recent work: Acted for both authorities in Hotak v Southwark and Johnson v Solihull. The cases concerned the definition of vulnerability in the context of homelessness.

JUNIORS

Andrew Lane
Talented advocate who is praised for his unwaveringly dedicated approach, regardless of whether he is handling high-profile cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court or more routine County Court possession claims. His practice encompasses all areas of social housing law, including welfare reform, housing fraud and advisory work for registered providers. Lane also has a growing policy practice, advising on the Homelessness Reduction Bill and helping housing associations draft allocation and rent reduction schemes.
Strengths: "One of the most practical, down-to-earth and talented people at the Bar, he is completely unflappable and exudes confidence." "He is really strong on housing management and leases, and has excellent client care skills."
Recent work: Successfully represented Luminus Homes in possession proceedings, where the defendants raised public law and Equality Act defences.

Catherine Rowlands
Predominantly advocates on behalf of local authorities and housing associations. She offers expertise across all areas of housing law, and regularly handles cases relating to succession disputes, possession claims and unlawful eviction. Interviewees are particularly quick to highlight her tenacity in court. She is also a notable expert on homelessness law, and has acted in multiple major cases regarding the law in this area.
Strengths: "Catherine is a robust and tenacious advocate who is both calm and down-to-earth. She gives clear, practical advice and guidance."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the Council in Guildford BC v Smith, a possession claim against a traveller which raised human rights and Equality Act issues.

Jon Holbrook
Routinely represents local authority landlords and housing associations in a broad range of housing disputes, including matters relating to community care, the Court of Protection and public law. He is widely praised for his thorough technical knowledge of the sector, and is increasingly sought after by housing associations to advise them on housing policy.
Strengths: "If there is a particularly complex issue, he is the go-to man. He is very calm, measured and good on his feet." "A pleasure to deal with, he gives very sound and comprehensive advice."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in an appeal by a homeless person challenging both the authority's decision to contract out its homelessness reviews and its assessment that the appellant was intentionally homeless.

Michael Paget
Offers top-quality advice to an array of clients, including local authorities and housing associations. He is also highly regarded for his direct access and pro bono work on behalf of tenants. Interviewees particularly note his adroit handling of homelessness applications and leasehold disputes, and highlight him for his work where housing and community care matters intersect.
Strengths: "He is diligent, concise and someone who provides well-researched, tailored and clear advice." "A really impressive advocate who is very good with clients. He is very bright and he has got tenacity."
Recent work: Acted in Powell v Southwark LBC, resisting permission to appeal against the authority's refusal to provide interim accommodation while a homelessness appeal was pending.

Dean Underwood
Housing and administrative specialist and current chair of the Social Housing Law Association, who is praised for his "methodical" advocacy and adept representation of local authorities and social landlords at all levels of court and tribunal. His areas of particular expertise include possession proceedings, homelessness challenges and disrepair claims.
Strengths: "A lovely chap who takes a calm, measured and sensible approach, and is making a really good name for himself."
Recent work: Defended Pioneer Housing in a claim alleging breaches of the landlord's repair covenants. Underwood successfully challenged an expert in cross-examination and defeated the claim.

Wayne Beglan
Junior with a growing reputation for his local government and social housing practice. He routinely undertakes housing work on behalf of local authorities and registered providers, and offers notable expertise across the areas of planning, regeneration and procurement. Beglan has considerable experience of appearing before the High Court and appellate courts.
Strengths: "A favourite of local authorities who has a good practice."
Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal, acting for the local authority in Turley v LB Wandsworth. The appellant claimed that the succession provisions in the Housing Act 1985 were discriminatory.

Kuljit Bhogal
Considered an expert in areas such as antisocial behaviour, public defence and the Equality Act. She is frequently sought out by housing clients for her insight and advice on major policy matters. Her impressive client base includes local authorities and housing associations.
Strengths: "She is the authority on all antisocial behaviour matters."
Recent work: Acted for the authority in Marshall & Others v Mansfield DC, the first High Court challenge to Public Space Protection Orders.

Ryan Kohli
Talented junior who receives regular instruction in antisocial behaviour injunctions, homelessness appeals and possession claims. He is notable for acting in cases where the Equality Act and public law defences are raised. Kohli is highly experienced at tribunal level and has served as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Exceptional and highly accomplished." "He demonstrates an ability way beyond his year of call, has a very good manner with clients and is a very authoritative presence in court."
Recent work: Acted for Southend-on-Sea BC in obtaining a possession order from a tenant who was under-occupying a three-bed property. The case looked at arguments regarding the rights of disabled people.

Jennifer Oscroft
Specialises in defending local housing authorities and social landlords against public law challenges, offering particularly valuable insight into the housing implications of the Public Sector Equality Duty. She frequently appears in highly significant cases, often before the Supreme Court. Her social housing practice is complemented by her significant expertise in community care and immigration eligibility matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright" and "an extremely reasonable person who can bring the heat down a lot when the atmosphere threatens to turn acrimonious."
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Lewisham in a homelessness appeal that tests the implications of changes in the Immigration Rules that mean individuals granted leave to remain under Article 8 may be excluded from homelessness assistance.

David Lintott
Known particularly for his expertise in homelessness matters, he regularly makes successful presentations before the Court of Appeal. His broad client base includes a number of local authorities. Lintott also shows strength in possession proceedings and antisocial behaviour order applications.
Strengths: "He produces very detailed and persuasive written opinions." "In court, he is unflappable, and outside of it he has the personal touch."
Recent work: Acted for Welwyn Hatfield BC in prosecuting a landlord for breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Doughty Street possesses a formidable reputation due to its superior representation of tenants and applicants across the full range of social housing matters. Many of its members have complementary practices in community care, Court of Protection or disability law, and appear in courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court. A number of practitioners also have international experience, having acted before the ECHR. Commentators note with approval the fact that the set has bulked up its social housing offering in recent times through the recruitment of a number of quality practitioners from rival sets.

Client service: "The barristers are very knowledgeable and very skilled. The clerking is also good - fee notes are sent straight away and queries are answered the same day." "The clerks are reliable, flexible, helpful and pleasant to deal with." Sian Wilkins is the main clerk for this area.

SILKS

Martin Westgate QC
Respected leader of the housing and public law teams and widely considered to be a go-to silk for tenants and applicants. His recent work highlights include high-profile cases concerning the housing benefit cap and the so-called 'bedroom tax'. He regularly acts in matters where human rights and housing law interact.
Strengths: "A true titan of public law matters." "A top QC in this area, who is very personable and easy-going." "Thorough, reliable and a man with great analytical ability."
Recent work: Acted in R (Daly and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a judicial review against the 'bedroom tax' on the grounds it discriminated against disabled people.

JUNIORS

Ben Chataway
Experienced housing lawyer and part-time Tribunal Judge whose practice is enhanced by his knowledge of welfare and social security benefit matters. He typically handles housing cases involving public law and discrimination issues, and has particular expertise in matters relating to allocations, possessions and homelessness. He further attracts praise for his written advocacy and drafting.
Strengths: "He is a very calm advocate who deals well with cases and gets excellent results." "Lovely to work with, he is really strategic in his approach and very bright.
Recent work: Acted in R (YA) v LB Hammersmith & Fulham, a judicial review of the authority's housing allocation scheme, which raised issues as to the interpretation of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Jamie Burton
Well-respected litigator with a strong reputation for his judicial review work. He is held in esteem for his adroit handling of homelessness cases and landlord and tenant disputes, and offers particularly in-depth knowledge of the Housing Act 1996. His excellence has been recognised on an international scale, and he has been elected to the Housing Rights Watch, an EU NGO on homelessness.
Strengths: "He is a bold and dynamic barrister, and someone you want when you are in a tight corner." "Very helpful and generous with his time."
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court in Poshteh v Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, a case regarding the applicability of Article 6 ECHR to reviews of decisions regarding welfare benefit schemes, including those relating to housing.

Lindsay Johnson
Housing specialist known for his strong track record in judicial reviews and in public law challenges covering a range of issues, such as failure to comply with homelessness duties, antisocial behaviour policies and failure to follow allocation policies. His diverse practice also includes areas such as stock transfers, unlawful eviction and possession proceedings. Commentators are quick to highlight his deep knowledge across a range of practice areas.
Strengths: "Good and always up for a challenge, he is very clever and has the rare ability to turn his hand to different things." "A very bright, able and articulate barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the applicant in Nzolameso v Westminster CC, which concerned the rehousing of a homeless person outside of the authority's area.

Zia Nabi
Housing and social welfare specialist with significant experience of advocating in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He routinely handles public law challenges with regard to community care, social housing and human rights law.
Strengths: "A good advocate who prepares cases carefully and is easy to deal with." "He is creative and honest. Watching him in court is like watching Michelangelo paint."
Recent work: Appeared before the European Court of Human Rights in Ali v UK. The court overturned the Supreme Court decision which held that Article 6 ECHR did not apply to the determination of a homeless application.

Dominic Preston
Elicits praise for his homelessness expertise, encompassing priority need and intentionality cases, Court of Protection and antisocial behaviour work. He is able to draw on broader knowledge of human rights, EU and immigration law to inform his burgeoning housing practice. Preston is increasingly sought after by clients in possession proceedings.
Strengths: "Very good at guiding solicitors through complex antisocial behaviour possession cases, he takes a very robust and pragmatic approach both in advising the solicitor and client." "He's warm and friendly in what are stressful and difficult times for the client."
Recent work: Acted in R (Romans) v LB of Southwark and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. This case concerned the government's alteration of eligibility regulations that discriminated against families with leave to remain.

David Carter
Widely praised for the high quality of his written arguments. He has substantial experience of advocating on behalf of both private and public sector clients in a range of cases, covering areas such as landlord and tenant and local government issues. He is recommended for his skilful handling of matters that have a public law or human rights element.
Strengths: "He's super-knowledgeable and is very prompt and detailed in his responses." "He's a very good advocate, who is both very approachable and very helpful."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the authority in Delpinto v Rother DC, a judicial review of the Council's refusal to house a man pending review of their decision that he was not owed an accommodation duty.

Jim Shepherd
Housing and property specialist known for his work on behalf of law centres and vulnerable tenants. He is lauded by market commentators as a personable, sensitive but tenacious advocate. Shepherd comes particularly recommended for his work on discrimination cases.
Strengths: "A calm, authoritative barrister," who is "very good in court and at putting clients at ease. He advises in lay terms and is a good fighter."
Recent work: Acted for the applicant in R (Hindis Abdulrahman) v Hillingdon LBC, arguing that the applicant should be granted a second application as her circumstances had changed since she made the first.

Sarah Steinhardt
Effective, up-and-coming advocate with pronounced expertise in mental capacity and Equality Act issues in the context of social housing. Her impressive practice takes in homelessness cases and challenges to allocation schemes. She regularly handles disability discrimination matters in relation to the 'bedroom tax' as part of her diverse practice.
Strengths: "A very impressive advocate, who is sensitive, eloquent and capable." "She is so clever and is a go to on the Equality Act."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in MP v Southwark, a case looking at whether an individual could be found to be intentionally homeless despite being found to lack capacity to litigate and manage her own tenancy.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Widely recognised as one of the leading housing chambers in the country due to its impressive range of 'talented and approachable' barristers. The set is dedicated to acting for tenants, homeless applicants and vulnerable individuals across the full gamut of social housing cases. Individuals here appear before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, relying on innovative and novel arguments which often develop points of law, and most notably the law on homelessness. Members of the set are also deeply skilled in related specialisms such as community care, welfare benefits and public law, and can therefore provide highly vulnerable clients with a full service.

Client service: "They have a number of good clerks who are all very polite and courteous. They know who you are and they're always nice." "Highly proactive and very good at getting back to you when you have urgent work." "They're always willing to go the extra mile to accommodate our requests." Tim Hempsted leads the housing clerks.

JUNIORS

Liz Davies
Has vast experience in the social housing sector and is recognised for her outstanding knowledge of homelessness law, which she demonstrates in court and in her authoritative writing on the subject. Davies continues to act in an impressive amount of homelessness appeals, frequently developing the law. She also advises local authorities on allocation schemes, and draws on her broader expertise in the fields of community care and administrative law to buttress her highly esteemed housing practice.
Strengths: "Has a huge bank of experience, and is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced practitioners in the sector." "One of the top people for homelessness law, whose knowledge of the policy behind legislation is extremely strong. She's a fearless courtroom lawyer."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the applicant in R (Hoyte) v Southwark LBC, arguing that there were new facts in the case since the original decision was made that the applicant was not vulnerable. The judgment developed the law in this area.

Edward Fitzpatrick
Handles a wide range of housing and property matters for tenants and applicants. He earns consistent praise for his measured and meticulous approach to complex homelessness and antisocial behaviour litigation. Fitzpatrick also garners accolades for his work in possession proceedings, particularly where Equality Act or human rights issues are raised.
Strengths: "Has a can-do attitude and is very approachable. A great advocate with a good manner, he is a very good choice for vulnerable clients." "A barrister who thinks outside the box and handles himself well."
Recent work: Acted in a succession claim which asked whether guidance applied in previous cases on the meaning of living together as 'husband and wife' could be used for those living together as civil partners.

James Bowen
Experienced social housing specialist who is praised for his calm and confident manner when dealing with clients. His practice comprises all aspects of antisocial behaviour, possession, unlawful eviction and homelessness. Sources are quick to highlight his particular expertise in dealing with clients who suffer from a mental impairment.
Strengths: "Personable and very knowledgeable, he's good with clients and quite a character." "You can go to him with any housing issue and he will give a full opinion very quickly."

Bethan Harris
Specialises in cases with combined housing, capacity and community care aspects, often acting for disabled and otherwise vulnerable clients. She sits on the Panel of Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and regularly speaks on developments in social housing law. She is also frequently sought after for her expertise on housing benefits.
Strengths: "Very good, extremely thorough and experienced, and very reliable." "She has a very good manner with clients and is able to look at cases with a practical eye."

Kevin Gannon
A notable presence in the social housing sphere, having appeared in cases regarding disrepair and homelessness. He also has substantial experience relating to possession proceedings. Gannon's practice is fortified by his public law expertise which takes in immigration and human rights matters.
Strengths: "He is very reliable, knowledgeable and fair." "Kevin has a rare ability to crystallise very complex issues into simple terms, and is very dedicated to housing and homelessness."
Recent work: Successfully defended a possession claim brought by a local authority, who contested that the individual did not satisfy succession conditions.

John Beckley
Practises a broad range of social housing law, and has particular expertise in defending vulnerable clients threatened with possession or accused of antisocial behaviour. He is also well regarded for his work in homelessness appeals and disrepair cases.
Strengths: "Very sensible and calm. Everyone loves him, as he is very good with vulnerable clients and very sensitive in the way he gives advice." "He is very good at putting clients at ease and always communicates promptly."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the claimants in Kwegan v Industrial Dwellings Society, a disrepair appeal where the gates to a property had stopped working.

Justine Compton
Up-and-coming housing junior with specialist knowledge of Traveller law. She is also notable for her impressive defence of possession claims. In addition to her advocacy, she routinely writes and lectures on various aspects of social housing legislation.
Strengths: "She is very nice and approachable, clear in her advice and willing to support you in difficult circumstances if you need some urgent or immediate advice." "Always great to work with, she works really hard for clients and gets great results."

Connor Johnston
Recognised housing and homelessness specialist with a growing reputation for technically complex possession cases and judicial review. He continues to be committed to publicly funded social housing work, and is known for producing an impressive amount of written work on the subject. He is the co-author of Housing Allocation and Homelessness.
Strengths: "Very dedicated and conscientious, he is interested in pushing the law further to see how far it can be pushed to benefit our client groups." "He is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about homelessness and public law."
Recent work: Acted for a migrant family in a homelessness appeal, challenging a local authority's refusal to accommodate them.

Timothy Baldwin
Dedicated junior with a reputation for taking on challenging and legally complex social housing work. His practice typically concerns homelessness and allocation cases for tenants with mental health issues or specialist community care needs. He also impresses with his representation of tenants in unlawful eviction and disrepair claims.
Strengths: "Always calm and collected, and has a good rapport with clients. He is very good at unusual cases." "He is very intelligent and experienced. If you want a technical opinion, you go to him.
Recent work: Acted for introductory tenants in a case where the local authority was seeking possession following incidents of serious nuisance. The defendants claimed their Section 128 notices were defective, as they did not contain information directing them to seek legal advice.

Marina Sergides
A "persistent and tenacious" advocate with a broad social housing practice, encompassing areas such as homelessness, unlawful eviction and disrepair. She offers enviable experience in possession claims, particularly as they relate to Article 8 and public law, and is adept at handling cases at the intersection of community care and housing law.
Strengths: "A passionate advocate in court," who "puts her head down and works hard. She knows her subject backwards."

Tessa Buchanan
Widely respected junior with an impressive track record of representing clients across a broad range of social housing cases. Her particular strength lies in possession and unlawful eviction cases. She also has extensive experience in the area of homelessness, and has acted before the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Very good at relating to clients, and so highly intelligent that you completely trust her advice." "She is an impressive junior who has a good attention to detail, and is willing and able to go the extra mile."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in Panayiotou v London Borough of Waltham Forest, arguing that in the context of vulnerability, 'significantly' means 'more than de minimis.'

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Five Paper has an impressive team of barristers who act for a number of local authorities, registered providers and housing associations. The set has deep bench strength, and boasts impressive practitioners silks right down to up-and-coming juniors. Members appear in cases that evolve the law in social housing in areas such as homelessness and possession. They impress with their broad knowledge base, and often act in disrepair, unlawful eviction and succession cases.

Client service: "The clerks are brilliant. They are so efficient and helpful, and the working relationship is second to none." "Their clerking is always really good. They're competitive on their fees, everything is smooth and you feel like a valued client." David Portch leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Nicholas Grundy QC
Head of chambers and an experienced senior advocate with a specialism in social housing cases that interact with real property, European law or discrimination issues. He regularly advises local housing authorities on policy matters and earns praise for his dedication to clients. Grundy has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is academically so sharp and so clever, but he brings you with him and helps you catch up." "For really hardcore cases, or where things have gone badly wrong, there is no one better to go to. He has an excellent bedside manner as well." "A forceful advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the local authority in a case dealing with whether the test for living together as husband and wife is the same as that for those living together as civil partners.

JUNIORS

Sara Beecham
Acts on behalf of local authorities and registered providers in a wide range of social housing matters, including antisocial behaviour injunction and possession claims. She has a particular interest in cases involving human rights and discrimination issues. Clients frequently seek her out for succession, disrepair and tenancy fraud cases.
Strengths: "Fantastic and has a real eye for detail. She's good at stripping back the case and looking at purely the facts." "Cuts through the haze and very quickly sees if you've overlooked something."
Recent work: Successfully obtained a possession order where the tenant had given incorrect information about ownership of another property in his application for social housing.

Victoria Osler
Well known for her diverse practice, which covers areas such as possession actions and homelessness cases, among others. She routinely handles matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and impresses clients with the high quality of her written advice as well as her oral advocacy. Osler has a growing practice defending public law challenges to social housing decisions.
Strengths: "Has excellent legal knowledge, and yet is always friendly and approachable. She makes clients feel confident and at ease." "When she is in court, there is a sense that she is in control, as she's so cool and calm."

Joanna Brownhill
A property barrister with significant experience of acting for both landlords and tenants in social housing cases. Her impressive practice takes in possession proceedings, as well as anti-social behaviour and discrimination cases. She has a thorough knowledge of leasehold matters and service charge disputes, and also sits as a part-time judge in the First-tier Tribunal.
Strengths: "Very thorough and very empathetic with clients." "She is really on the ball, and sits as a judge so understands how to spin arguments."
Recent work: Successfully acted for a housing association in a case regarding the interpretation of a lease and the impact on the security of tenure then obtained by the tenant.

Jane Hodgson
Routinely handles a broad range of housing, landlord and tenant cases, encompassing areas such as unlawful eviction, succession rights and antisocial behaviour. Her client base includes housing associations and local authorities.
Strengths: "A force to be reckoned with in court." "She's very personable and happy to field any follow-up questions if you have them."
Recent work: Acted in R (on the application of Faizi) v Brent London Borough Council, successfully representing the borough in a claim concerning the obligations on the local authority to house a homeless person.

Tina Conlan
Recognised for the breadth of her practice, she is often instructed in possession proceedings, disrepair claims and antisocial behaviour matters. She has appeared before all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Tenacious and realistic in her analysis." "Tina applies a careful and methodical approach that means she is never caught out in the court room. Clients greatly appreciate her patience in explaining what is happening at court and what the options are."
Recent work: Represented the appellant in Ahern v Southern Housing Group, a case concerning an Article 8 ECHR defence.

Stephen Evans
Considered an authority on the Equality Act and disability discrimination in relation to social housing. He is also experienced in judicial review of homelessness decisions, leasehold valuation and dilapidation claims. Evans frequently appears at all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He has a fantastic legal brain. He will often find discrete points or angles in a case that may have passed others by." "His advocacy is excellent and he's particularly formidable in disrepair claims."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Wandsworth Borough Council in a case regarding an introductory tenancy, where the Council had accidentally asked the tenant to fill out the wrong form.

Terence Gallivan
Acts primarily for housing associations and local authorities, although he is also recognised for his representation of legal aid clients in the sector. Much of his housing practice involves human rights and mental health issues, and he routinely handles a number of homelessness and possession appeals.
Strengths: "There is nothing he doesn't know. He is very approachable and his written advice is second to none." "He is excellent on big, in-depth cases. He has immense attention to detail."
Recent work: Successfully defended Hackney LBC in the Court of Appeal in a homelessness appeal seeking to overturn a decision that the applicant was not in priority need.

Sam Phillips
Promising junior routinely handling a range of housing matters, including possession proceedings, homelessness appeals and cases that raise Article 8 challenges. He gained significant sector expertise from his time working for one of the largest social landlords in the country before being called to the Bar.
Strengths: "Has fantastic, practical insight into the realities of court decisions and how they impact clients. You can't pay for that experience. In addition, he is thorough, quietly confident and his preparation is brilliant."

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Hardwicke is called upon by a number of local authorities, social landlords and housing associations to tackle the full range of social housing matters. Members of the set regularly appear in judicial review proceedings and before the Supreme Court, and come recommended for their experience in possession proceedings and disrepair. They are described as being "extremely knowledgable, highly communicative and commercially sound." Clients further benefit from the team's complementary expertise in property and public law matters.

Client service: "The clerks are generally very good and fair minded when it comes to the negotiation of fees." They are both "approachable and reliable." Paul Horsfield is the senior practice manager.

JUNIORS

Laura Tweedy
A "go-to barrister" for many large housing associations, on matters including homelessness and possession. She elicits praise for her deft client-handling and cross-examination skills, and makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Incredibly impressive on the client care front and very good at getting to the heart of a case. She takes a pragmatic, commercially minded approach to matters." "Really excellent with clients and someone whose advice is always very commercial and robust."
Recent work: Acted for Family Mosaic in a claim for damages brought by a tenant valued at £14 million.

Morayo Fagborun Bennett
Handles a wide range of social housing matters, and has a practice with a particular emphasis on homelessness and disrepair cases. She regularly receives instructions from housing associations, local authorities and individuals. Her esteemed work in the area is complemented by her substantial property practice.
Strengths: "Solicitors like her and she genuinely knows her stuff."
Recent work: Acted for the landlord in possession proceedings on the grounds of rent arrears. The case also concerned the question of whether the defendant had failed to occupy the property as her only or principal home.

Alison Meacher
A specialist in housing work, which crosses over with Court of Protection, mental capacity and other social welfare matters. She habitually acts on behalf of local authorities, registered providers and vulnerable tenants, and regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Extremely thorough and picks up on issues others miss."
Recent work: Acted for Nuneaton and Bedworth BC in an appeal against a decision that a tenant's entitlement to housing benefit should not be subject to the 'bedroom tax'.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A distinguished set with a growing presence in the social housing sector, that acts for local authorities and social landlords. Members have notable strength in ancillary practice areas, proving expert in welfare benefits, immigration issues and public law generally. Barristers from the set routinely appear before both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and have been involved in challenges to the 'bedroom tax.'

Client service: "The clerks are second to none." "They're switched-on and particularly good at promoting their juniors." Jay Fullilove leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Stephen Knafler QC
Experienced housing and public law specialist with a thorough knowledge of immigration, judicial review and community care law. He regularly leads in housing cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Knafler is also sought after for his impressive policy practice, which sees him advising regulators and local authorities, amongst others.
Strengths: "He has a brain the size of a planet." "Both a wonderful chap and a wonderful lawyer."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in a case which raised the question of how local authorities must decide whether asylum-seekers and failed asylum-seekers are entitled to accommodation.

Richard Drabble QC
A local government and planning specialist with extensive knowledge and experience of housing benefits and social welfare cases, including work concerning the recent benefit cap. He routinely appears at all levels of domestic and European courts.
Strengths: "He is one of the best advocates of his generation."

Zia Bhaloo QC
A leading silk for property and commercial real estate, whose social housing practice primarily involves high-value planning and development issues, as well as landlord and tenant disputes. She is also an ADR accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Her strengths are her passion for her work, her ability to translate incredibly complex legal terms into plain English and her realism - she manages expectations well."
Recent work: Acted for the London and District Housing Association defending a claim that they breached a Section 106 agreement in relation to a large development.

JUNIORS

Leon Glenister
A rising star with a wide-ranging public and property law practice. He is frequently instructed by local authorities, housing associations and tenants on cases concerning human rights and equality issues. Glenister is noted for his strong advocacy in cases regarding housing management.
Strengths: "Good at finding commercial solutions and never fazed by anything, he is appreciated by clients for his calming influence. " "He is very personable and his knowledge of the area is extremely wide."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the Royal Borough of Greenwich in a judicial review of its decision not to provide accommodation to a family under the Children Act 1989. The court found it appropriate that the Council would only accommodate the children.

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Senior Statesperson

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Arden QC
A highly experienced and well-regarded housing silk. A master in his field, he has made over 25 appearances in the Supreme Court and is a regular feature in the most high-profile social housing cases. His significant contribution to the field includes long-standing positions as editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice, the Housing Law Reports and the Journal of Housing Law.
Strengths: "Has encyclopaedic knowledge of housing law, having been there right from the start."  
Recent work: Acted for the applicant in Haque v Hackney LBC, a case dealing with how the Equality Act impacts on homelessness assessments and provision by local authorities.

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Band 1

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ranjit Bhose QC
Well-respected silk with a broad housing practice that encompasses possession actions, housing finance and large-scale regeneration schemes for local authority and housing association clients. He is particularly commended for his expertise in complex leaseholder issues and service charges. Bhose frequently appears at all levels of court, including the Upper Tribunal and Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very intelligent and very personable." "His client-handling skills are second to none, and when on his feet, he is clear, concise and to the point."
Recent work: Successfully defended a case in the Court of Appeal regarding public law defences to possession proceedings brought by public landlords.

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Band 1

Stephen Knafler QC

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Knafler QC 
Experienced housing and public law specialist with a thorough knowledge of immigration, judicial review and community care law. He regularly leads in housing cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Knafler is also sought after for his impressive policy practice, which sees him advising regulators and local authorities, amongst others.  
Strengths: "He has a brain the size of a planet." "Both a wonderful chap and a wonderful lawyer."   
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in a case which raised the question of how local authorities must decide whether asylum-seekers and failed asylum-seekers are entitled to accommodation.

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Band 1

Martin Westgate QC

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Westgate QC
Respected leader of the housing and public law teams and widely considered to be a go-to silk for tenants and applicants. His recent work highlights include high-profile cases concerning the housing benefit cap and the so-called 'bedroom tax'. He regularly acts in matters where human rights and housing law interact.
Strengths: "A true titan of public law matters." "A top QC in this area, who is very personable and easy-going." "Thorough, reliable and a man with great analytical ability."   
Recent work: Acted in R (Daly and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a judicial review against the 'bedroom tax' on the grounds it discriminated against disabled people.

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Band 2

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zia Bhaloo QC
A leading silk for property and commercial real estate, whose social housing practice primarily involves high-value planning and development issues, as well as landlord and tenant disputes. She is also an ADR accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Her strengths are her passion for her work, her ability to translate incredibly complex legal terms into plain English and her realism - she manages expectations well."
Recent work: Acted for the London and District Housing Association defending a claim that they breached a Section 106 agreement in relation to a large development.

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Band 2

Richard Drabble QC

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Drabble QC 
A local government and planning specialist with extensive knowledge and experience of housing benefits and social welfare cases, including work concerning the recent benefit cap. He routinely appears at all levels of domestic and European courts.
Strengths: "He is one of the best advocates of his generation."

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Band 2

Kelvin Rutledge QC

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kelvin Rutledge QC
Highly experienced silk with a particular focus on matters concerning local government. He offers respected expertise in a range of cases, such as those involving homelessness allocation schemes and outer borough placements. He also makes frequent appearances before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Rutledge complements his housing expertise with an impressive community care practice, and is able to act in a range of cases where the two spheres intersect.
Strengths: "A pleasure to deal with," he is "very approachable, easy to deal with and down to earth." 
Recent work: Acted for both authorities in Hotak v Southwark and Johnson v Solihull. The cases concerned the definition of vulnerability in the context of homelessness.

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Band 3

Kerry Bretherton QC

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kerry Bretherton QC of Tanfield Chambers 
Has a long-standing reputation for public law and real estate litigation, and regularly acts on behalf of social housing tenants and homeless applicants. She has significant experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and has established a growing policy practice, which sees her advising central government on housing laws.  
Strengths: "Very dedicated and fierce in her pursuit of her goals." "A good, hard-working and conscientious advocate who has a successful and broad practice. In terms of client service, she is second to none."
Recent work: Acted in McDonald v McDonald, where the Supreme Court determined that Article 8 can't be relied on as a defence to possession proceedings when they are brought by a private organisation.

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Band 3

Nicholas Grundy QC

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Grundy QC 
Head of chambers and an experienced senior advocate with a specialism in social housing cases that interact with real property, European law or discrimination issues. He regularly advises local housing authorities on policy matters and earns praise for his dedication to clients. Grundy has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is academically so sharp and so clever, but he brings you with him and helps you catch up." "For really hardcore cases, or where things have gone badly wrong, there is no one better to go to. He has an excellent bedside manner as well." "A forceful advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the local authority in a case dealing with whether the test for living together as husband and wife is the same as that for those living together as civil partners.

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Band 3

Nathalie Lieven QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nathalie Lieven QC of Blackstone Chambers 
Highly regarded for her expertise across a broad range of public law matters, she regularly acts on behalf of central and local government clients. She has appeared in several high-profile social housing and homelessness cases, including Sharif v LB Camden in the Supreme Court. 
Strengths: "A very bright lawyer who is incredibly good at what she does."

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New Silk

Matt Hutchings QC

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matt Hutchings QC
Highly regarded, passionate advocate with a broad housing practice. He is known for his adept representation of local authorities, tenants and homeless applicants before all levels of court.  
Strengths: "Hard working and bright." "A well-deserved new silk who is a very good lawyer."  

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Star Individuals

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Bates 
Distinguished by the depth of his experience acting for social landlords, tenants and long leaseholders in particular. He routinely appears in cases, both for and against local authorities, concerning landlord licensing schemes. Bates is increasingly active in policy work, and recently assisted the Labour Housing Team in drafting the Homelessness Reduction Bill. As a further contribution to this sector, he also acts as deputy general editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice. 
Strengths: "His knowldege of the law is second to none." "On leasehold issues, nobody can match him."   
Recent work: Acted for Oxford CC in a service charge dispute in respect of the major refurbishment of all tower blocks in Oxford.

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Star Individuals

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamie Burton
Well-respected litigator with a strong reputation for his judicial review work. He is held in esteem for his adroit handling of homelessness cases and landlord and tenant disputes, and offers particularly in-depth knowledge of the Housing Act 1996. His excellence has been recognised on an international scale, and he has been elected to the Housing Rights Watch, an EU NGO on homelessness.
Strengths: "He is a bold and dynamic barrister, and someone you want when you are in a tight corner." "Very helpful and generous with his time." 
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court in Poshteh v Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, a case regarding the applicability of Article 6 ECHR to reviews of decisions regarding welfare benefit schemes, including those relating to housing.

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Star Individuals

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Liz Davies 
Has vast experience in the social housing sector and is recognised for her outstanding knowledge of homelessness law, which she demonstrates in court and in her authoritative writing on the subject. Davies continues to act in an impressive amount of homelessness appeals, frequently developing the law. She also advises local authorities on allocation schemes, and draws on her broader expertise in the fields of community care and administrative law to buttress her highly esteemed housing practice.
Strengths: "Has a huge bank of experience, and is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced practitioners in the sector." "One of the top people for homelessness law, whose knowledge of the policy behind legislation is extremely strong. She's a fearless  courtroom lawyer."  
Recent work: Successfully acted for the applicant in R (Hoyte) v Southwark LBC, arguing that there were new facts in the case since the original decision was made that the applicant was not vulnerable. The judgment developed the law in this area.  

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Star Individuals

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Lane
Talented advocate who is praised for his unwaveringly dedicated approach, regardless of whether he is handling high-profile cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court or more routine County Court possession claims. His practice encompasses all areas of social housing law, including welfare reform, housing fraud and advisory work for registered providers. Lane also has a growing policy practice, advising on the Homelessness Reduction Bill and helping housing associations draft allocation and rent reduction schemes.
Strengths: "One of the most practical, down-to-earth and talented people at the Bar, he is completely unflappable and exudes confidence." "He is really strong on housing management and leases, and has excellent client care skills."  
Recent work: Successfully represented Luminus Homes in possession proceedings, where the defendants raised public law and Equality Act defences.  

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Band 1

Christopher Baker

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Baker 
Founder member and head of Arden Chambers, who is a specialist in housing and has "a comprehensive knowledge of local government law." He owes his strong reputation in the sector to his many appearances in high-profile cases, which are often heard before the Supreme Court. Notable areas of expertise include allocation schemes, homelessness and possession proceedings. He is recognised for the quality of his advisory work on matters such as policy making and strategic administration.
Strengths: "He is very, very good on technical areas of local authority law." "A go-to for landlord work." 
Recent work: Represented the local authority in Poshteh v Kensington and Chelsea RLBC in the Supreme Court. The case dealt with the suitability of accomodation offered to homeless individuals and the scope of the court's jurisdiction under Section 204 of the Housing Act 1996.

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Band 1

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Dymond 
Considered an extremely powerful practitioner in technically complex cases. His written advice wins particular praise, as does his insight into matters concerning proposed housing schemes and statutory compliance. He also authors and edits key housing law commentary. In court, he impresses as being both authoritative and a decent opponent.
Strengths: "Has an amazing brain when it comes to housing law. There is no question to which he doesn't know the answer. He is quite brilliant." 
Recent work: Successfully defended a challenge to the lawfulness of Birmingham City Council's procedure and practice for dealing with homelessness applications.

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Band 1

Edward Fitzpatrick

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Fitzpatrick 
Handles a wide range of housing and property matters for tenants and applicants. He earns consistent praise for his measured and meticulous approach to complex homelessness and antisocial behaviour litigation. Fitzpatrick also garners accolades for his work in possession proceedings, particularly where Equality Act or human rights issues are raised.  
Strengths: "Has a can-do attitude and is very approachable. A great advocate with a good manner, he is a very good choice for vulnerable clients." "A barrister who thinks outside the box and handles himself well."
Recent work: Acted in a succession claim which asked whether guidance applied in previous cases on the meaning of living together as 'husband and wife' could be used for those living together as civil partners.

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Band 1

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jon Holbrook
Routinely represents local authority landlords and housing associations in a broad range of housing disputes, including matters relating to community care, the Court of Protection and public law. He is widely praised for his thorough technical knowledge of the sector, and is increasingly sought after by housing associations to advise them on housing policy.
Strengths: "If there is a particularly complex issue, he is the go-to man. He is very calm, measured and good on his feet." "A pleasure to deal with, he gives very sound and comprehensive advice."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in an appeal by a homeless person challenging both the authority's decision to contract out its homelessness reviews and its assessment that the appellant was intentionally homeless.

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Band 1

Lindsay Johnson

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Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lindsay Johnson
Housing specialist known for his strong track record in judicial reviews and in public law challenges covering a range of issues, such as failure to comply with homelessness duties, antisocial behaviour policies and failure to follow allocation policies. His diverse practice also includes areas such as stock transfers, unlawful eviction and possession proceedings. Commentators are quick to highlight his deep knowledge across a range of practice areas.  
Strengths:  "Good and always up for a challenge, he is very clever and has the rare ability to turn his hand to different things." "A very bright, able and articulate barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the applicant in Nzolameso v Westminster CC, which concerned the rehousing of a homeless person outside of the authority's area.

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Band 1

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Manning
Known particularly for his local government and judicial review work, he regularly appears for individual applicants and tenants, as well as local authorities and registered providers. He is increasingly involved in cases relating to housing benefits, including the 2012 benefit cap, and has a growing practice undertaking cases regarding the new antisocial behaviour powers.  
Strengths: "Very easy to get on with and is liked by clients." "He has an incredible sense of humour, which goes down well with clients, and he is a trustworthy pair of hands."
Recent work:  Acted for the claimant in a judicial review of Richmond upon Thames LBC's additional licensing scheme.

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Band 1

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zia Nabi
Housing and social welfare specialist with significant experience of advocating in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He routinely handles public law challenges with regard to community care, social housing and human rights law. 
Strengths: "A good advocate who prepares cases carefully and is easy to deal with."  "He is creative and honest. Watching him in court is like watching Michelangelo paint."  
Recent work:  Appeared before the European Court of Human Rights in Ali v UK. The court overturned the Supreme Court decision which held that Article 6 ECHR did not apply to the determination of a homeless application.

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Band 1

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Paget
Offers top-quality advice to an array of clients, including local authorities and housing associations. He is also highly regarded for his direct access and pro bono work on behalf of tenants. Interviewees particularly note his adroit handling of homelessness applications and leasehold disputes, and highlight him for his work where housing and community care matters intersect.
Strengths: "He is diligent, concise and someone who provides well-researched, tailored and clear advice." "A really impressive advocate who is very good with clients. He is very bright and he has got tenacity." 
Recent work:  Acted in Powell v Southwark LBC, resisting permission to appeal against the authority's refusal to provide interim accommodation while a homelessness appeal was pending.

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Band 1

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dominic Preston
Elicits praise for his homelessness expertise, encompassing priority need and intentionality cases, Court of Protection and antisocial behaviour work. He is able to draw on broader knowledge of human rights, EU and immigration law to inform his burgeoning housing practice. Preston is increasingly sought after by clients in possession proceedings.  
Strengths: "Very good at guiding solicitors through complex antisocial behaviour possession cases, he takes a very robust and pragmatic approach both in advising the solicitor and client." "He's warm and friendly in what are stressful and difficult times for the client."
Recent work:  Acted in R (Romans) v LB of Southwark and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. This case concerned the government's alteration of eligibility regulations that discriminated against families with leave to remain.

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Band 1

Catherine Rowlands

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Rowlands
Predominantly advocates on behalf of local authorities and housing associations. She offers expertise across all areas of housing law, and regularly handles cases relating to succession disputes, possession claims and unlawful eviction. Interviewees are particularly quick to highlight her tenacity in court. She is also a notable expert on homelessness law, and has acted in multiple major cases regarding the law in this area.
Strengths: "Catherine is a robust and tenacious advocate who is both calm and down-to-earth. She gives clear, practical advice and guidance."
Recent work:  Successfully acted for the Council in Guildford BC v Smith, a possession claim against a traveller which raised human rights and Equality Act issues.

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Band 1

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dean Underwood
Housing and administrative specialist and current chair of the Social Housing Law Association, who is praised for his "methodical" advocacy and adept representation of local authorities and social landlords at all levels of court and tribunal. His areas of particular expertise include possession proceedings, homelessness challenges and disrepair claims.   
Strengths: "A lovely chap who takes a calm, measured and sensible approach, and is making a really good name for himself."
Recent work:  Defended Pioneer Housing in a claim alleging breaches of the landlord's repair covenants. Underwood successfully challenged an expert in cross-examination and defeated the claim.

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Band 2

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Baldwin 
Dedicated junior with a reputation for taking on challenging and legally complex social housing work. His practice typically concerns homelessness and allocation cases for tenants with mental health issues or specialist community care needs. He also impresses with his representation of tenants in unlawful eviction and disrepair claims.
Strengths: "Always calm and collected, and has a good rapport with clients. He is very good at unusual cases." "He is very intelligent and experienced. If you want a technical opinion, you go to him. 
Recent work: Acted for introductory tenants in a case where the local authority was seeking possession following incidents of serious nuisance. The defendants claimed their Section 128 notices were defective, as they did not contain information directing them to seek legal advice.

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Band 2

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Beckley 
Practises a broad range of social housing law, and has particular expertise in defending vulnerable clients threatened with possession or accused of antisocial behaviour. He is also well regarded for his work in homelessness appeals and disrepair cases.   
Strengths: "Very sensible and calm. Everyone loves him, as he is very good with vulnerable clients and very sensitive in the way he gives advice."  "He is very good at putting clients at ease and always communicates promptly." 
Recent work: Successfully acted for the claimants in Kwegan v Industrial Dwellings Society, a disrepair appeal where the gates to a property had stopped working.

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Band 2

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sara Beecham
Acts on behalf of local authorities and registered providers in a wide range of social housing matters, including antisocial behaviour injunction and possession claims. She has a particular interest in cases involving human rights and discrimination issues. Clients frequently seek her out for succession, disrepair and tenancy fraud cases.  
Strengths: "Fantastic and has a real eye for detail. She's good at stripping back the case and looking at purely the facts." "Cuts through the haze and very quickly sees if you've overlooked something." 
Recent work:  Successfully obtained a possession order where the tenant had given incorrect information about ownership of another property in his application for social housing.

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Band 2

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Wayne Beglan
Junior with a growing reputation for his local government and social housing practice. He routinely undertakes housing work on behalf of local authorities and registered providers, and offers notable expertise across the areas of planning, regeneration and procurement. Beglan has considerable experience of appearing before the High Court and appellate courts. 
Strengths: "A favourite of local authorities who has a good practice."  
Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal, acting for the local authority in Turley v  LB Wandsworth. The appellant claimed that the succession provisions in the Housing Act 1985 were discriminatory.

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Band 2

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kuljit Bhogal
Considered an expert in areas such as antisocial behaviour, public defence and the Equality Act. She is frequently sought out by housing clients for her insight and advice on major policy matters. Her impressive client base includes local authorities and housing associations.  
Strengths: "She is the authority on all antisocial behaviour matters." 
Recent work: Acted for the authority in Marshall & Others v Mansfield DC, the first High Court challenge to Public Space Protection Orders.

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Band 2

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Bowen 
Experienced social housing specialist who is praised for his calm and confident manner when dealing with clients. His practice comprises all aspects of antisocial behaviour, possession, unlawful eviction and homelessness. Sources are quick to highlight his particular expertise in dealing with clients who suffer from a mental impairment.
Strengths: "Personable and very knowledgeable, he's good with clients and quite a character." "You can go to him with any housing issue and he will give a full opinion very quickly." 

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Band 2

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Carter 
Widely praised for the high quality of his written arguments. He has substantial experience of advocating on behalf of both private and public sector clients in a range of cases, covering areas such as landlord and tenant and local government issues. He is recommended for his skilful handling of matters that have a public law or human rights element.  
Strengths: "He's super-knowledgeable and is very prompt and detailed in his responses." "He's a very good advocate, who is both very approachable and very helpful."   
Recent work: Successfully acted for the authority in Delpinto v Rother DC, a judicial review of the Council's refusal to house a man pending review of their decision that he was not owed an accommodation duty.

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Band 2

Rebecca Cattermole

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rebecca Cattermole of Tanfield Chambers 
A landlord and tenant specialist with an enviable understanding of the property aspects of social housing law, as well as antisocial behaviour and housing management issues. She has handled cases right up to the Supreme Court.  
Strengths: "A true expert in her field, who is always friendly and approachable. Both her preparation for trial and her written advices are extraordinarily thorough, and as an advocate she is fantastic." 
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in a case regarding issue estoppel and the extent to which it is binding in decisions made by tribunals.

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Band 2

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Chataway
Experienced housing lawyer and part-time Tribunal Judge whose practice is enhanced by his knowledge of welfare and social security benefit matters. He typically handles housing cases involving public law and discrimination issues, and has particular expertise in matters relating to allocations, possessions and homelessness. He further attracts praise for his written advocacy and drafting.   
Strengths: "He is a very calm advocate who deals well with cases and gets excellent results." "Lovely to work with, he is really strategic in his approach and very bright.
Recent work: Acted in R (YA) v LB Hammersmith & Fulham, a judicial review of the authority's housing allocation scheme, which raised issues as to the interpretation of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

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Band 2

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Iain Colville
Primarily handles housing cases and homelessness appeals on behalf of public authorities and individual applicants, and is also widely experienced in landlord and tenant litigation, including possession proceedings.  He is regularly instructed in cases in the lower and higher courts, and has made several recent appearances in the Supreme Court. His complementary knowledge of the wider aspects of local government renders him a formidable opponent. 
Strengths: "A seasoned performer who has impressed in some very interesting cases." Recent work:  Acted for the tenant in an appeal against a decision dismissing a challenge to succession rights under Section 87 of the Housing Act 1985.

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Band 2

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Evans
Considered an authority on the Equality Act and disability discrimination in relation to social housing. He is also experienced in judicial review of homelessness decisions, leasehold valuation and dilapidation claims. Evans frequently appears at all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal.  
Strengths: "He has a fantastic legal brain. He will often find discrete points or angles in a case that may have passed others by."  "His advocacy is excellent and he's particularly formidable in disrepair claims."   
Recent work:  Successfully acted for Wandsworth Borough Council in a case regarding an introductory tenancy, where the Council had accidentally asked the tenant to fill out the wrong form.

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Band 2

Terence Gallivan

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Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Terence Gallivan
Acts primarily for housing associations and local authorities, although he is also recognised for his representation of legal aid clients in the sector. Much of his housing practice involves human rights and mental health issues, and he routinely handles a number of homelessness and possession appeals.
Strengths:  "There is nothing he doesn't know. He is very approachable and his written advice is second to none." "He is excellent on big, in-depth cases. He has immense attention to detail." 
Recent work: Successfully defended Hackney LBC in the Court of Appeal in a homelessness appeal seeking to overturn a decision that the applicant was not in priority need.

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Band 2

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bethan Harris 
Specialises in cases with combined housing, capacity and community care aspects, often acting for disabled and otherwise vulnerable clients. She sits on the Panel of Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and regularly speaks on developments in social housing law. She is also frequently sought after for her expertise on housing benefits.
Strengths: "Very good, extremely thorough and experienced, and very reliable." "She has a very good manner with clients and is able to look at cases with a practical eye."

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Band 2

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ryan Kohli
Talented junior who receives regular instruction in antisocial behaviour injunctions, homelessness appeals and possession claims. He is notable for acting in cases where the Equality Act and public law defences are raised. Kohli is highly experienced at tribunal level and has served as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal. 
Strengths: "Exceptional and highly accomplished." "He demonstrates an ability way beyond his year of call, has a very good manner with clients and is a very authoritative presence in court." 
Recent work: Acted for Southend-on-Sea BC in obtaining a possession order from a tenant who was under-occupying a three-bed property. The case looked at arguments regarding the rights of disabled people.

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Band 2

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Lintott
Known particularly for his expertise in homelessness matters, he regularly makes successful presentations before the Court of Appeal. His broad client base includes a number of local authorities. Lintott also shows strength in possession proceedings and antisocial behaviour order applications.   
Strengths: "He produces very detailed and persuasive written opinions." "In court, he is unflappable, and outside of it he has the personal touch." 
Recent work: Acted for Welwyn Hatfield BC in prosecuting a landlord for breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations 2006.

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Band 2

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sam Madge-Wyld of Tanfield Chambers
Regularly acts on behalf of both tenants and landlords, including a variety of local authorities, housing associations and applicants. He acts in a wide range of social housing disputes, and has particular experience of appearing in judicial reviews. Market commentators consider him to be "very technically able," while his considerable knowledge of immigration law complements his well thought-of practice.
Strengths: "Extremely confident and very impressive. He got hold of a complicated case at the last minute and got a good result." "He is really reliable and gives consistently good service."
Recent work: Acted in Leaseholders of St Saviour’s Estate v Southwark LBC, in which he successfully argued that a considerable amount of costs from major works across 12 estates were not recoverable as a service charge because some of the fire improvement works were improvements and not repairs.

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Band 2

One Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Nicol of 1 Pump Court 
A social welfare and public law specialist who is noted for his strength in homelessness, leasehold and disrepair matters. He comes recommended for his experience in cases with a public law or asylum support element. Nicol regularly acts in publicly funded cases for tenants and also sits as a part-time First-tier Tribunal judge.
Strengths: "Takes a very businesslike approach and narrows down the issues, achieving very good results for clients." "A go-to person for disrepair cases, who is very experienced and very robust in court. He is always willing to advance novel or complex arguments."

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Band 2

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jennifer Oscroft
Specialises in defending local housing authorities and social landlords against public law challenges, offering particularly valuable insight into the housing implications of the Public Sector Equality Duty. She frequently appears in highly significant cases, often before the Supreme Court. Her social housing practice is complemented by her significant expertise in community care and immigration eligibility matters.  
Strengths: "Incredibly bright" and "an extremely reasonable person who can bring the heat down a lot when the atmosphere threatens to turn acrimonious."
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Lewisham in a homelessness appeal that tests the implications of changes in the Immigration Rules that mean individuals granted leave to remain under Article 8 may be excluded from homelessness assistance.  

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Band 2

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Victoria Osler 
Well known for her diverse practice, which covers areas such as possession actions and homelessness cases, among others. She routinely handles matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and impresses clients with the high quality of her written advice as well as her oral advocacy. Osler has a growing practice defending public law challenges to social housing decisions.
Strengths: "Has excellent legal knowledge, and yet is always friendly and approachable. She makes clients feel confident and at ease." "When she is in court, there is a sense that she is in control, as she's so cool and calm." 

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Band 2

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jim Shepherd
Housing and property specialist known for his work on behalf of law centres and vulnerable tenants. He is lauded by market commentators as a personable, sensitive but tenacious advocate. Shepherd comes particularly recommended for his work on discrimination cases.
Strengths: "A calm, authoritative barrister," who is "very good in court and at putting clients at ease. He advises in lay terms and is a good fighter."
Recent work: Acted for the applicant in R (Hindis Abdulrahman) v Hillingdon LBC, arguing that the applicant should be granted a second application as her circumstances had changed since she made the first.  

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Band 2

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laura Tweedy 
A "go-to barrister" for many large housing associations, on matters including homelessness and possession. She elicits praise for her deft client-handling and cross-examination skills, and makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Incredibly impressive on the client care front and very good at getting to the heart of a case. She takes a pragmatic, commercially minded approach to matters." "Really excellent with clients and someone whose advice is always very commercial and robust."
Recent work: Acted for Family Mosaic in a claim for damages brought by a tenant valued at £14 million.

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Band 3

Exchange Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brynmor Adams of Exchange Chambers 
Talented up-and-coming junior who is particularly well known for his adroit handling of social housing cases that contain property and public law elements or raise novel points of law. He offers significant experience in Environmental Protection Act prosecutions, as well as possession and disrepair matters.    
Strengths:  "Displays maturity beyond his call and is always incredibly thorough and well prepared." "He is brilliant on his feet and good at technical arguments."
Recent work:  Acted for Redwood Housing Co-operative in a possession claim which raised novel issues on the effect of Mexfield v Berrisford. The case concerned an issue where the landlord himself was a tenant of a superior landlord.

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Band 3

Morayo Fagborun Bennett

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Morayo Fagborun Bennett 
Handles a wide range of social housing matters, and has a practice with a particular emphasis on homelessness and disrepair cases. She regularly receives instructions from housing associations, local authorities and individuals. Her esteemed work in the area is complemented by her substantial property practice.
Strengths: "Solicitors like her and she genuinely knows her stuff."   
Recent work:  Acted for the landlord in possession proceedings on the grounds of rent arrears. The case also concerned the question of whether the defendant had failed to occupy the property as her only or principal home.  

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Band 3

Ely Place Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sally Blackmore of Ely Place Chambers 
Represents landlords and tenants in all areas of social housing law, and has particular expertise in dilapidation matters and cases involving public law and human rights issues. Her practice is buttressed by additional experience in property and real estate litigation.
Strengths: "Extremely helpful and very intelligent, she sails through complex issues with great clarity and calmness."

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Band 3

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Brown
Praised for his relaxed and confident court manner, he is an impressive junior who has appeared in courts at all levels, and has experience of handling both multi-track and fast-track cases. He is particularly good at possession claims.
Strengths: "Very thorough and knows the areas in a lot of detail. You can instruct him and feel confident he will do a fine job." "Very good on difficult points of law and also very approachable." 

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Band 3

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joanna Brownhill 
A property barrister with significant experience of acting for both landlords and tenants in social housing cases. Her impressive practice takes in possession proceedings, as well as anti-social behaviour and discrimination cases. She has a thorough knowledge of leasehold matters and service charge disputes, and also sits as a part-time judge in the First-tier Tribunal.
Strengths: "Very thorough and very empathetic with clients." "She is really on the ball, and sits as a judge so understands how to spin arguments."   
Recent work: Successfully acted for a housing association in a case regarding the interpretation of a lease and the impact on the security of tenure then obtained by the tenant.

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Band 3

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justine Compton 
Up-and-coming housing junior with specialist knowledge of Traveller law. She is also notable for her impressive defence of possession claims. In addition to her advocacy, she routinely writes and lectures on various aspects of social housing legislation.
Strengths: "She is very nice and approachable, clear in her advice and willing to support you in difficult circumstances if you need some urgent or immediate advice." "Always great to work with, she works really hard for clients and gets great results."

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Band 3

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tina Conlan 
Recognised for the breadth of her practice, she is often instructed in possession proceedings, disrepair claims and antisocial behaviour matters. She has appeared before all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Tenacious and realistic in her analysis." "Tina applies a careful and methodical approach that means she is never caught out in the court room. Clients greatly appreciate her patience in explaining what is happening at court and what the options are."   
Recent work: Represented the appellant in Ahern v Southern Housing Group, a case concerning an Article 8 ECHR defence.   

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Band 3

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sian Davies of 39 Essex Chambers 
Advises and advocates for local government, social services and housing departments on a wide range of public law matters. Her social housing practice is further strengthened by her knowledge of immigration, asylum and EU law.  
Strengths: "Really good at the immigration side and on the eligibility aspects of community care in housing." "A fantastic advocate who is genuinely brilliant."
Recent work: Defended London Borough of Lambeth's decision not to provide accommodation or financial support to an immigration overstayer.

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Band 3

Field Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Davis of Field Court Chambers 
Advocates at all levels of court and tribunal on behalf of landlords, tenants and homeless applicants. He is highly experienced in possession claims and homelessness appeals, and also contributes to the sector by co-authoring a number of written materials.
Strengths: "A lovely guy who is very good."
Recent work: Successfully defended the London Borough of Harrow in a homelessness appeal.

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Band 3

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kevin Gannon 
A notable presence in the social housing sphere, having appeared in cases regarding disrepair and homelessness. He also has substantial experience relating to possession proceedings. Gannon's practice is fortified by his public law expertise which takes in immigration and human rights matters.   
Strengths: "He is very reliable, knowledgeable and fair." "Kevin has a rare ability to crystallise very complex issues into simple terms, and is very dedicated to housing and homelessness."
Recent work: Successfully defended a possession claim brought by a local authority, who contested that the individual did not satisfy succession conditions. 

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Band 3

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jane Hodgson 
Routinely handles a broad range of housing, landlord and tenant cases, encompassing areas such as unlawful eviction, succession rights and antisocial behaviour. Her client base includes housing associations and local authorities.   
Strengths:  "A force to be reckoned with in court." "She's very personable and happy to field any follow-up questions if you have them."
Recent work: Acted in R (on the application of Faizi) v Brent London Borough Council, successfully representing the borough in a claim concerning the obligations on the local authority to house a homeless person.

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Band 3

One Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Hodgson of 1 Pump Court 
He advises on a range of housing matters, including appeals against the Housing Act. He is regularly instructed on behalf of vulnerable clients.
Strengths: "He is approachable, helpful and judges love him."

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Band 3

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Connor Johnston
Recognised housing and homelessness specialist with a growing reputation for technically complex possession cases and judicial review. He continues to be committed to publicly funded social housing work, and is known for producing an impressive amount of written work on the subject. He is the co-author of Housing Allocation and Homelessness. 
Strengths: "Very dedicated and conscientious, he is interested in pushing the law further to see how far it can be pushed to benefit our client groups." "He is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about homelessness and public law."    
Recent work: Acted for a migrant family in a homelessness appeal, challenging a local authority's refusal to accommodate them.

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Band 3

Stephanie Lovegrove

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephanie Lovegrove
Regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities and is well respected for her adroit handling of complex leasehold disputes. She demonstrates prowess across all areas of landlord and tenant law, including residential and commercial possession matters and homelessness appeals, and has appeared in courts of all levels, including the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Very personable and provides thorough feedback. She is also very meticulous and gets right into the guts of the case." "She is exceptional, very thorough, inventive and both technically and legally sound." 
Recent work: Acted for Birmingham CC in a homelessness appeal regarding the rationality of deciding a person is not disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

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Band 3

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alison Meacher 
A specialist in housing work, which crosses over with Court of Protection, mental capacity and other social welfare matters. She habitually acts on behalf of local authorities, registered providers and vulnerable tenants, and regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Extremely thorough and picks up on issues others miss."
Recent work: Acted for Nuneaton and Bedworth BC in an appeal against a decision that a tenant's entitlement to housing benefit should not be subject to the 'bedroom tax'.  

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Band 3

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Peacock
Joined the set in April 2017. He is renowned for his adept representation of clients in housing, homelessness and allocation cases in all levels of court, and has appeared unled in the Supreme Court in Samin v Westminster.
Strengths: "He is really bright and has great experience of appearing in the Supreme Court."

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Band 3

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sam Phillips 
Promising junior routinely handling a range of housing matters, including possession proceedings, homelessness appeals and cases that raise Article 8 challenges. He gained significant sector expertise from his time working for one of the largest social landlords in the country before being called to the Bar.   
Strengths: "Has fantastic, practical insight into the realities of court decisions and how they impact clients. You can't pay for that experience. In addition, he is thorough, quietly confident and his preparation is brilliant."

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Band 3

Field Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Salmon of Field Court Chambers 
Well versed across all aspects of landlord and tenant law, with particular expertise in antisocial behaviour cases. She is widely praised for her advocacy skills and highly respected for her leading commentary on housing law and judicial review proceedings. Her complementary acumen in public law matters buttresses her enviable practice.  
Strengths: "Her written advice is extremely impressive and her breadth of knowledge is always helpful. She's very personable and always a formidable opponent." "Knows the law inside out and thinks of things that haven't crossed the solicitor or client's mind. She is also very confident on her feet."

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Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Marina Sergides 
A "persistent and tenacious" advocate with a broad social housing practice, encompassing areas such as homelessness, unlawful eviction and disrepair. She offers enviable experience in possession claims, particularly as they relate to Article 8 and public law, and is adept at handling cases at the intersection of community care and housing law.
Strengths: "A passionate advocate in court," who "puts her head down and works hard. She knows her subject backwards." 

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Band 3

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Steinhardt 
Effective, up-and-coming advocate with pronounced expertise in mental capacity and Equality Act issues in the context of social housing. Her impressive practice takes in homelessness cases and challenges to allocation schemes. She regularly handles disability discrimination matters in relation to the 'bedroom tax' as part of her diverse practice.
Strengths: "A very impressive advocate, who is sensitive, eloquent and capable." "She is so clever and is a go to on the Equality Act."  
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in MP v Southwark, a case looking at whether an individual could be found to be intentionally homeless despite being found to lack capacity to litigate and manage her own tenancy.

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Band 3

One Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patricia Tueje of 1 Pump Court 
A dedicated and experienced housing and community care lawyer. Her record for defending tenants and applicants in difficult possession claims and homelessness appeals is held in high esteem by her peers.
Strengths: "She is very easy to work with and approachable and helpful." "Particularly sound on homelessness matters."
Recent work: Acting for the tenant in a case where her local authority varied her secure tenancy by reducing its repairing obligations. Despite the variation being unlawful, it was found the tenant could not rely on previous repair obligations. 

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Band 3

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Toby Vanhegan
Talented junior who is highly thought of for his innovative approach. He is sought after by both landlords and tenants, and demonstrates particular strength in housing cases containing human rights or immigration elements. In addition, he has a niche practice acting for occupiers in challenges to lawfulness regarding their exclusion from secure tenure. His sterling practice regularly sees him appearing before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the ECHR. 
Strengths: "A man on a mission who's not afraid to run esoteric points."
Recent work:  Acted for the appellant in Holley v Hillingdon LBC, arguing that the length of residence is relevant to the proportionality of ordering eviction.  

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Up and Coming

Garden Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tessa Buchanan 
Widely respected junior with an impressive track record of representing clients across a broad range of social housing cases. Her particular strength lies in possession and unlawful eviction cases. She also has extensive experience in the area of homelessness, and has acted before the Court of Appeal.   
Strengths: "Very good at relating to clients, and so highly intelligent that you completely trust her advice." "She is an impressive junior who has a good attention to detail, and is willing and able to go the extra mile."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in Panayiotou v London Borough of Waltham Forest, arguing that in the context of vulnerability, 'significantly' means 'more than de minimis.'

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Up and Coming

Alexander Campbell

Field Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Campbell of Field Court Chambers 
Rising junior with a growing reputation for his representation in both housing and public law matters. He is able to rely on his extensive experience in human rights and discrimination cases to undertake complex homelessness and allocation litigation. 
Strengths: "Alex is very thorough and writes well." "He is well researched and always very well prepared."
Recent work: Acted for the homeless applicant in Latinwo v Lambeth LBC, seeking an injunction demanding the Council provide him with accommodation while he appealed a decision made by Lambeth under the Housing Act 1996.

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Up and Coming

Field Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Cullen of Field Court Chambers 
Up-and-coming junior with considerable experience in the sector, who covers areas such as possession claims, homeless applications and antisocial behaviour injunctions. She routinely acts for both public and private clients, including tenants, social landlords and local authorities. Clients also benefit from her impressive knowledge of Equality Act and human rights matters.
Strengths: "She is very able and personable and is very well liked by clients."
Recent work: Acted for the local authority in Greenwich v Morah, a claim for possession on the grounds of tenancy by deception.

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Up and Coming

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leon Glenister 
A rising star with a wide-ranging public and property law practice. He is frequently instructed by local authorities, housing associations and tenants on cases concerning human rights and equality issues. Glenister is noted for his strong advocacy in cases regarding housing management.   
Strengths:  "Good at finding commercial solutions and never fazed by anything, he is appreciated by clients for his calming influence. " "He is very personable and his knowledge of the area is extremely wide." 
Recent work: Successfully acted for the Royal Borough of Greenwich in a judicial review of its decision not to provide accommodation to a family under the Children Act 1989. The court found it appropriate that the Council would only accommodate the children.

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Up and Coming

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anna Tkaczynska of Serjeants' Inn Chambers 
Routinely represents landlords and tenants in possession proceedings and disrepair claims. Market commentators laud her deft handling of cases involving particularly difficult clients. 
Strengths: "She is very thorough and extremely dedicated"

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