Chambers and Partners, 2023: 8 members of chambers ranked

20 October 2022

We are delighted that 8 members of chambers have been included in Chambers and Partners 2023. Additionally, we continue to be ranked as a set for our social housing law team.

Thank you to all our clients for your support during the year and particular thanks to everyone who gave feedback on our barristers.

Social housing

Band 3 Set

Field Court Chambers continues to boast a well-respected team with a notable presence in the social housing sector. Members represent tenants, housing associations, local authorities and other landlords in cases such as homelessness appeals, possession proceedings and disrepair claims. The barristers continue to act in a wide range of cases which involve human rights considerations.

A source comments: "I think that the set has an excellent group of housing barristers who are friendly, professional and highly skilled in all aspects of housing law.

Band 2

Adrian Davis – "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 has contributed to the sector by co-authoring a number of written materials. His broad practice also sees him acting in cases concerning allegations of tenancy fraud.

"Personable, thorough, persuasive and good with clients."

Band 4

Clare Cullen –"is incisive, thorough and pragmatic." "Clare Cullen is a fantastic barrister who excels at all aspects of housing law. Her advocacy is clear and convincing while her written submissions are always powerful and perceptive."

"Clare's judgement and solutions to difficult cases are consistently excellent."

Sarah McKeown – "has been a bold and fearless advocate on many difficult cases." "Sarah can be relied upon for superb advice on possession and disrepair cases." "I have been impressed with her ability to marshal large amounts of documents and take on instructions at short notice."

Emma Godfrey – "is an established public law practitioner with a specialism in housing law. She frequently acts for both landlords and tenants in homelessness appeals, challenges to allocation schemes and possession proceedings". "Hugely knowledgeable and incredibly friendly."

Community care

Band 2

Hilton Harrop-Griffiths – "is an impressive barrister who acts for local authorities in community care matters. He is particularly well regarded for his work in cases concerning the intersection of immigration and asylum legislation with community care. He regularly handles matters concerning the recovery of charges for community care."

"Hilton has an encyclopaedic knowledge of community care."

Election law

Band 1

Francis Hoar – “is an expert in various aspects of election law and proceedings concerning political parties. He often advises in connection with major election petitions and regularly assists campaigning bodies on election issues. Hoar notably advised on matters relating to the EU referendum."

Inquests & public inquiries

Band 4

Nikolas Clarke "offers comprehensive expertise on inquests involving vulnerable individuals in care. He is frequently instructed by a number of local authorities in such matters.

"He is one of those people who is so reassuring when you need a bit of confidence: he has a really calming presence."

Real estate litigation

Band 5

Max Thorowgood – "has expertise in a wide range of property cases, including leasehold disputes and land registration and title matters. He also sits as a judge in the First-tier Tribunal."