Adrian Davis

Call: 1996

Adrian is an experienced civil and public law practitioner who specialises in housing, property and landlord and tenant law.  He is currently on a sabbatical from Chambers.

Adrian is frequently instructed in possession claims, homelessness appeals and judicial review challenges.  He has a particular interest in cases involving tenancy fraud and the Equality Act 2010, including the Public Sector Equality Duty.  He represents local authorities, housing associations, registered social landlords, corporate clients and tenants in all levels of tribunal and courts including the Court of Appeal.

He has been consistently recommended as a leading barrister in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 legal directories.  Adrian has been described as “a commanding junior, who inspires confidence in his clients” and “an excellent barrister and a first choice for dealing with difficult housing cases.”  As well as being a “first-class advocate”, Adrian is able to deliver “clear, concise advice and pleadings often involving complex points of law”.

In addition to his established practice, Adrian is a prodigious author in his specialist areas of law. For more than 20 years, Adrian has co-written LexisNexis’ Claims to the Possession of Land, Fifth Edition, a leading practitioners’ textbook on landlord and tenant law.  He has also written numerous articles, seminars and workshops on the latest legal developments.

Adrian sits as a Deputy District Judge.

As a qualified Direct Access barrister, Adrian may accept instructions from members of the public in appropriate cases within his areas of specialism.

If you would like any further information about Adrian’s practice, please call his clerks on +44(0)20 7405 6114.

Areas of expertise

Landlord & tenant

Acting for landlords and tenants, Adrian’s practice encompasses both commercial and residential work, including: possession proceedings, forfeiture, business lease renewals and Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, disrepair and dilapidations, mobile homes and agricultural tenancies.


Adrian has considerable experience in representing local authorities, housing associations, registered social landlords and tenants in all areas of housing law, including: homelessness and Part VII Housing Act 1996, allocations and Part VI Housing Act 1996, judicial review, possession proceedings, succession, anti-social behaviour orders and injunctions, and statutory regulation.


Adrian has assisted and represented local authorities in a variety of planning matters, including: applications for injunctions under section 187B of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (restraining breaches of planning control), and enforcement of planning obligations pursuant to section 106 of that Act.


Adrian is a co-author of the fifth edition of LexisNexis’ Claims to the Possession of Land, a highly successful, loose-leaf work of landlord and tenant law.

Adrian lectures frequently to solicitors and local authorities. He is happy to provide in-house seminars.

Notable cases

Rankings and Testimonials

Ranked Leading  Barrister – Chambers and Partners 2022

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2022

Ranked Leading  Barrister – Chambers and Partners 2021

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2021

Ranked Leading Barrister – Chambers and Partners 2017

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2016

Ranked Leading Barrister – Chambers and Partners 2016

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2015

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2014

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2013

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2012

Ranked Leading Junior – Legal 500 2011

“Well-regarded barrister with a broad social housing practice on both the landlord and the tenant sides. He is particularly noted for his work on homelessness and claims to the possession of land.”
(Chambers and Partners 2016)

“I have instructed Adrian for at least 4 years, and continue to do so. It is always a pleasure working with him. He is completely reliable and instils confidence in the clients and the lay witnesses. He leaves no stone unturned and is prepared for every eventuality at Court. His advocacy is great, as is his written work. He is always extremely professional, produces fantastic results for our Authority and I would thoroughly recommend him.”
(Local Authority Solicitor)

“Highly recommended; prepares thoroughly, approachable, good with lay clients and gets results”
(Local Authority Solicitor)

“Adrian’s written work is excellent, comprehensive yet precise. His analytical and strategic skills are admirable. Over the last 6 years, I have had the opportunity to regularly observe Adrian in court. Always thoroughly prepared, on each occasion he has advocated fluently, confidently and persuasively. Judges respond positively to his submissions. Together, we have maintained a very high success rate…100%”
(Local Authority Solicitor)


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