Max Lansman specialises in employment, housing and child protection law. He also maintains a mixed civil practice and an interest in public law.

He is a qualified Public Access barrister and is able to accept instructions from members of the public within his specialist areas.

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


Max has a busy employment practice and has acted in over 100 employment cases for both individuals and businesses. He accepts instructions in all aspects of employment law and has experience in:

  • contract claims (including confidentiality and restrictive covenant claims);
  • discrimination, harassment and victimisation on all protected grounds;
  • enforcement;
  • health and safety matters;
  • holiday;
  • jurisdictional issues, including territoriality and limitation;
  • procedural issues (including strike out, amendments, specific disclosure, costs, reconsideration and restricted reporting orders).
  • redundancy;
  • restraint of trade;
  • settlement agreements;
  • sickness;
  • TUPE;
  • unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal;
  • whistleblowing;
  • wages claims (including minimum wage claims);
  • worker/employment status; and
  • working time.

Max is passionate about employment rights and frequently acts for under-represented groups and on a pro bono basis. Max has written on employment matters for the ELA Briefing and frequently delivers training on employment law. He is happy to discuss a bespoke package to meet your requirements.

Max has been praised for the subtlety of his drafting and advice, swift merits assessments, tactical nous, forceful cross-examination, and for the outcomes he has obtained for his clients.

Property and housing

Max is instructed in a wide range of property disputes. His focus is on housing and social housing law.

Max frequently acts in possession and housing conditions proceedings, including those involving public law defences and the Equality Act 2010. He has a particularly good knowledge of discrimination law due to his interdisciplinary practice.

Max is particularly interested in homelessness and allocations law, having worked supporting a Cabinet Member for Housing at a London Borough before coming to the Bar and has written on and delivered training in this area.

Other areas of housing law in which Max has been instructed include:

  • anti-social behaviour;
  • closure orders;
  • houses in multiple occupation;
  • right to buy;
  • subletting;
  • succession;
  • tenancy fraud; and
  • unlawful eviction.

Max is frequently instructed in service charge disputes and other leasehold matters.

Other property law niches in which Max has experience include:

  • commercial landlord & tenant;
  • constructive trusts;
  • forfeiture;
  • lease extensions;
  • leasehold enfranchisement;
  • mortgage subrogation;
  • proprietary estoppel;
  • Trusts of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“TOLATA”);
  • right to manage.


Max’s family practice focuses on public children law and niches within that specialism, including cases involving non-accidental injury, deprivation of liberty, and mental health issues.

Having gained experience in local government before coming to the Bar, Max is particularly interested in public children cases involving multiple public services or local authority functions.

Max also accepts instructions in private children, financial remedies, domestic abuse cases and those with an international element.

Within his family practice, Max has appeared in many fully contested, complex trials, including those involving multiple expert witnesses, and in urgent applications, including in the High Court. He acts for local authorities, parents, guardians, and independently represented children.

Max prides himself on being a sensitive, understanding advisor and fierce advocate.


Max maintains a general civil practice and takes instructions in a range of commercial and private client work.

He has been instructed in cases in a variety of niche areas, including:

  • company;
  • consumer;
  • construction;
  • harassment;
  • partnership;
  • personal injury;
  • professional negligence; and
  • unjust enrichment.

Public and local government law

Max maintains an interest in public law, focusing on local government, and can advise on public law aspects of cases arising in other areas of his practice, such as in relation to duties to children in need and disabled children, community care and homelessness.


  • ELA
  • ELBA
  • FLBA
  • HLPA
  • SHLA


  • Bar Professional Training Course
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MA in Legal and Political Theory
  • BA(Hons) in Philosophy (First)

Privacy notice