We are especially proud of the fact that we have been recognised as a set for the first time in the Social Housing section.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for their support during the past year with a special thank you to all those who participated in the feedback process.
Hilton Harrop-Griffiths - Band 2
A leading junior acting 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.
"He has long been known as a very good barrister in this area and he's very reliable."
Francis Hoar - Band 1
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 has recently advised on matters relating to the EU referendum.
"He is very easy to work with and works tirelessly to ensure the job is done."
Recent work: Acted for Craig Mackinlay MP in a case alleging his expenses return excluded required expenditures.
Ruth Cabeza - Band 4
Highly regarded children law barrister sought after for her expertise in international children law matters including adoption, surrogacy and abduction. Other matters handled include shaken baby cases and international finance matters. She is proficient in cases involving complex medical evidence.
"She's a very robust practitioner, who is an expert in the field of international adoption." "Fiery and forceful in court."
Hilton Harrop-Griffiths - Band 3
Has a strong track record in local government matters and regularly handles cases concerning social care, immigration and asylum issues. He is frequently instructed in judicial review proceedings and has a deep understanding of children's law and mental health.
"A man of great experience and knowledge whom it's always a pleasure to work with."
Social Housing – Ranked Set - Band 3
A well-respected set with a solid presence in the social housing market, Field Court impresses with its adroit representation of landlords, housing associations and local authorities. Members effectively utilise their deep knowledge of public law and community care to routinely act on homelessness appeals, possession proceedings and disrepair claims. The set is also notable for its capabilities in succession of tenancy disputes and anti-social behaviour cases, and its practitioners frequently appear in the Court of Appeal.
"The clerks are very personable and amenable. They are a pleasure to deal with." "The clerking service is friendly and helpful. Calls and messages are returned promptly and, when necessary, the senior clerk is available to discuss more non-routine instructions." Ian Boardman is the senior clerk.
Adrian Davis – Band 3
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 contributes 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.
"Very personable and a favourite with clients. He is tenacious in court and his advocacy is persuasive." "He is able to take cases with complex facts and distil them into straightforward arguments."
Sarah Salmon – Band 3
Well versed across all aspects of landlord and tenant law, with particular expertise in anti-social behaviour cases and complex possession proceedings. She is widely praised for her advocacy skills and highly respected for her leading commentary on housing law and judicial reviews. Her complementary acumen in public law matters buttresses her enviable practice.
"Dedicated, committed and excellent with clients, she is impressively knowledgeable when it comes to everything housing-related." "Sarah is always well prepared, and has a clear and effective advocacy style."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in London & Quadrant Housing v Eydmann, in which the landlord sought an outright possession order following allegations of noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
Emma Godfrey – Band 4
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.
"Very experienced in housing matters, she's highly approachable and provides frank, comprehensive and clear advice."
Alexander Campbell – Up and Coming
Rising junior with a growing reputation for his representation in both housing and public law matters. He is able to rely on his extensive experience in human rights and discrimination cases to undertake complex homelessness and allocation litigation, and is particularly strong on claims for possession.
"He is brilliant. His written work is excellent, and he really likes to get involved with the law." "He's calm, measured and very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the housing association in Orbit v White, a succession of tenancy dispute which concerned the issue of unlawful age discrimination due to the tenant in question being a minor.