We are recommended as a leading set for housing law in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

Our housing group has nearly 20 barristers, some of whom are accredited mediators.  Many of our barristers have appeared in the leading cases in this area.  Moreover, our public law expertise means that we often act in cases where housing law interacts with equality, human rights,  social services and community care law.

Mark Baumohl and Clare Cullen lead our housing group.

Emma Godfrey co-authors the highly acclaimed practitioners’ textbook LexisNexis' Claims to the Possession of Land.

Our expertise

We advise and represent local authorities, housing associations, registered social landlords, private landlords and tenants, in tribunals and courts ranging from the County Court to the Supreme Court. Our work includes:

We produce regular case analysis and articles.  We also offer seminar and training events on the latest developments in housing law.

Notable cases include:

  • Abdikadir v London Borough of Ealing [2022] EWCA Civ 979 (failing to notify another authority of out-of-borough placement did not mean review decision was unlawful when applicant had refused the accommodation).
  • Patel v London Borough of Hackney [2021] EWCA Civ 897 (intentional homelessness and affordability of accommodation)
  • LB v Tower Hamlets LBC [2020] EWCA Civ 439 (CA)
  • Tower Hamlets LBC v Ahmed [2020] HLR 16 (CA)
  • R (Idolo) v Bromley LBC [2020] EWHC 860 (Admin)
  • Yildiz v Hackney LBC [2019] HLR 46 (CA)
  • Birmingham CC v SS & SA [2017] HLR 6 (CA)
  • R (Kensington & Chelsea RBC) v Ealing LBC [2017] HLR 13 (Admin)
  • Gill v Birmingham CC [2016] HLR 29 (CA)
  • R (JS & Others) v Sec of State for Work & Pensions [2015] HLR 21 (SC)
  • Johnston v Westminster [2015] HLR 714 (CA)
  • Charalambous v Ng [2015] 3 All ER 814 (CA)
  • Royal Borough of Greenwich v Tuitt [2015] HLR 10 (CA)
  • Mohammed v Islington LBC [2013] HLR 41 (CA)
  • Francis v Brent Housing Partnership Ltd [2013] HLR 47 (CA)
  • Mitu v London Borough of Camden [2012] HLR 137 (CA)
  • Vilvarasa v London Borough of Harrow [2011] HLR 11 (CA)
  • De Winter Heald v Brent LBC [2010] 1 WLR 990 (CA)
  • Porter v Shepherd’s Bush HA [2008] EWCA Civ 196 (CA) & (HL) (2008)
  • Hassan Omar v Westminster CC [2008] EWCA Civ 421 (CA)
  • Westminster CC v Morris [2006] 1 WLR 505(CA)
  • Bristol CC v Hassan [2006] 4 All ER 420 (CA)
  • Tower Hamlets LBC v Deugi [2006] HLR 28 (CA)
  • Tower Hamlets LBC v Rahanara Begum [2006] HLR 9 (CA)
  • Banjo v Brent LBC [2005] HLR 32 (CA)
  • Griffin v Westminster CC [2004] EWCA Civ 108 (CA)
  • Donoghue v Poplar HARCA & Others [2002] QB 48 (CA)
  • Burton v Camden LBC (2002) AC 428 (HL)

 Read about some of our notable housing cases.

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