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Cornerstone Barristers has β€˜a roster of social housing specialists’ with particular expertise in representing local authorities and housing associations across all areas of housing law. Chambers boasts its ability to marry housing expertise with related practice areas, such as public law and human rights, and has built a particular reputation for landmark homelessness cases. Stand-out instructions this year included David Lintott acting for London Borough of Waltham Forest in a Court of Appeal decision concerning the proper interpretation of β€˜more vulnerable than ordinarily vulnerable’ in the context of the 1996 Housing Act.

β€˜Committed to fighting for the underdog’, Doughty Street Chambers is β€˜a set of fantastic lawyers’, which β€˜is known for going the extra mile’ for its tenant-side clients. The set has β€˜a number of distinguished barristers’, including Martin Westgate QC, who has particular expertise in bedroom tax cases, and was involved in a Supreme Court case regarding a conflict between decisions at the Supreme Court and Strasbourg concerning whether Article 6 of the ECHR applies to homelessness decisions. Further, Lindsay Johnson represents a number of survivors at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

4-5 Gray's Inn Square now finds itself β€˜at the forefront of social housing law’ following its merger with Arden Chambers. In light of recent tragedy and legislative initiatives affecting the field, members of the new combined set have been increasingly involved in political advisory mandates. Of particular note, a team including Justin Bates serves as the only housing law and local government specialists in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Elsewhere Annette Cafferkey is representing Nottingham City Council in a forthcoming Supreme Court appeal concerning the authority’s power to impose licence restrictions on HMO properties.

Five Paper is β€˜a very strong set known for its landlord work’ and has β€˜the strength in depth to enable it to take on even the most complex work at a moment’s notice’. Nicholas Grundy QC, who is β€˜always available to talk through the thorny issues of any case’, successfully represented the borough in London Borough of Haringey v Ahmed & Ahmed, which considered a High Court judgment regarding the law of agency. Further, Stephen Evans is acting for a London borough in a complex historic disrepair case. Brynmor Adams joined Exchange Chambers in Manchester.

Garden Court Chambers shows β€˜a real commitment to the housing sector’, where it combines public law and housing expertise to represent vulnerable tenants and homeless people. The set is particularly sought after for homelessness cases, which has included Liz Davies acting in an appeal against London Borough of Haringey following the Supreme Court ruling in Hotak v London Borough of Southwark. Similarly, Adrian Marshall Williams successfully represented the claimant in a case against London Borough of Croydon, which was the first appellate case to examine the priority need of a homeless person in light of the court’s decision in Hotak.

Hardwicke’s presence in the social housing space comes primarily through the set’s property litigation work and social welfare capabilities. Chambers is well known for representing housing associations in disrepair and possession claims. Recent stand-out work has included Alison Meacher representing a local authority in a case concerning the proper interpretation of a clause in the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006.

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