Clare Cullen

Call: 2009

Clare Cullen is a civil and public law practitioner who specialises in housing, property and local government.

She advises and represents public and private clients including local authorities. Clare began practice at a specialist housing set and has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court.

Clare is able to accept direct access instructions within her specialist areas.

Clare delivers training on housing and property related issues. She was appointed a Deputy District Judge in September 2021.

If you would like more information about Clare’s practice, please contact her clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

Areas of expertise


Clare is recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in social housing. Clare has experience in all areas of housing including:


Clare advises and represents in property, leasehold and commercial cases including:

Local government

Clare advises and represents clients in local government cases including:

Clare was junior counsel for the local authority in the Court of Appeal in Abdikadir v Ealing LBC [2022] EWCA Civ 979, concerning a homelessness appeal.

Clare acted as junior counsel for an interested party in the benefit cap challenge R (on the application of JS and Others) v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Ors, Shelter and CPAG intervening [2015] UKSC 16.

She was junior counsel for the local authority in the Court of Appeal in R (on the application of Jakimaviciute) v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 1438, concerning a challenge to the local authority allocation scheme.

Clare appeared for the local authority in the Court of Appeal in R (on the application of Tesfay) v Birmingham City Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1599, concerning interim accommodation in a homelessness case.


Anti-social behaviour

Clare represents clients in anti-social behaviour cases including:

She appeared in the Court of Appeal in Gill v Birmingham City Council [2016] EWCA Civ 608, representing the local authority in an appeal against a committal order for breach of an anti-social behaviour injunction.


Clare represents clients in selective and HMO licensing cases, rent repayment orders and appeals against civil penalties.

Before joining the Bar, Clare worked as a paralegal for a solicitor’s firm representing regulatory bodies in fitness to practise and conduct matters.


B.A. International History and Politics (University of Leeds)

BVC (College of Law)
GDL (College of Law)

Notable cases

Legal publications

Clare has previously been on the editorial board for Adviser Magazine. She was also an assistant editor for Encyclopaedia of Housing Law (Sweet & Maxwell) and for Arden & Partington’s Housing Law (Sweet & Maxwell).

Current Law Statutes annotations for Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, co-author.

Trespassers will definitely be prosecuted … maybe: Part 1 and 2 J.H.L. 2012, 15(2), 39-43. J.H.L. 2012, 15(3), 52-57.

Tackling rogue landlords: Housing Act 2004, Parts 2 and 3 J.H.L. 2014, 17(4), 78-83.


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