We are delighted that 6 members of chambers have been included in Chambers and Partners 2021. Additionally, we continue to be ranked as a set for our social housing law team.
Housing lawyers and professionals will find the judgment important because of the Supreme Court’s finding that a housing association is entitled to reserve its housing stock for people sharing a protected characteristic without necessarily thereby committing unlawful direct discrimination.
Practitioners should be aware that the changes to Part 81, Civil Procedure Rules which came into effect on 1 October 2020 have already caused issues in the county courts in matters concerning Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. There has been a disparity in how the courts are dealing with breaches both on arrest and on application.
Nikolas Clarke represented the local authority’s AMHP in an Article 2 ECHR inquest into the death of a man in his 30s.
We are delighted that 10 members of chambers have been included in Legal 500 2021. Additionally, we are ranked as a set for our social housing law team.
Francis Hoar is acting for a businessman who is seeking judicial review of the government’s travel quarantine laws.
Somewhat unusually, there was a dispute on the facts about the man’s discharge from hospital previously, with the hospital blaming social services for an error and vice versa. After hearing the evidence, the coroner took the view that the version of the local authority’s social worker was correct.
The current pandemic poses particular problems to care home managers and local authorities who make such placements. It raises questions about their legal obligations and the rights of care home residents in the face of this health crisis.
In a recent homelessness appeal, Tyreese Jones v LB Southwark, the County Court has held that children who are privately fostered after the age of 16 have priority need for homelessness assistance from local authorities. Alexander Campbell appeared for the successful appellant.
The claimant argued that the local authority had a freestanding power to provide healthcare under s. 1 of the Localism Act 2011. The local authority argued it was able to provide healthcare under s. 75 of the NHS Act 2006 in partnership with the NHS and could not exercise the general power in s. 1 of the 2011 Act to circumvent the existing statutory scheme.