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Anthony Gold fields a large team of β€˜tenacious lawyers with excellent experience and a strong reputation’. Its β€˜ethically-driven approach’ makes it a natural choice for challenging instructions, including its recent representation of Crisis in the landmark Supreme Court decision concerning homelessness and the meaning of β€˜vulnerability’. Giles Peaker led on that matter and is β€˜one of the best solicitors in the business today’. Other key figures include β€˜quiet hero’ Timothy Waitt and β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ department head Andrew Brookes.

Bindmans LLP is β€˜absolutely top-notch’, particularly in housing matters related to mental capacity, civil liberties and community care. The small but β€˜highly sought-after’ team is led by Paul Ridge, whose β€˜knowledge of housing law is second-to-none’ and is β€˜highly committed yet realistic with his advice’. Clients include the Islington Park Street and Crescent Road Community communal living groups.

β€˜True leaders in the field’, Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is β€˜able to take on difficult test cases and run them with great aplomb’. The β€˜forward-thinking team that is well resourced’ is led by β€˜true star’ Jayesh Kunwardia, who was successful in the widely-reported Supreme Court case Nzolamesco v City of Westminster. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Farzana Chowdhury and recently promoted partner Sophie Bell are β€˜all truly committed and leading housing lawyers’.

Deighton Pierce Glynn has notable expertise in immigration-related housing issues. Head of department Sasha Rozansky is advising on a potential test case challenging the UK’s duties to provide social housing under the Trafficking Directive. Sue Willman is β€˜good and professional’.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a β€˜young and energetic team’ that includes the β€˜very approachable’ Dianne Cowie and Subbiah Sivapunniyam, who specialises in possession actions. With several offices across London, its β€˜tentacles spread out far beyond the reaches of traditional firms’ in this sector.

Morrison Spowart is widely recommended for its expertise, particularly Anne Spowart, Ossie Sandalon and Stephen Penfold. The firm is acting in Romans v Southwark LBC and SSDCLG and Alabi v SSDCLG concerning the housing rights of Artice 8 β€˜leave to remain’ migrants.

Osbornes’ β€˜hardworking, competent, young and energetic’ team continues to grow in profile and reputation and has acted in a number of reported cases before domestic and European courts. Shilpa Mathuradas leads the practice, assisted by β€˜standout’ housing lawyer William Ford.

TV Edwards LLP has β€˜a strong body of very experienced specialists in this area’. Recent work includes Supreme Court case Hussain v LB Waltham Forest, led by consultant William Flack. Jane Pritchard heads the practice, which includes John Gorringe, who β€˜knows housing law inside out’ and the β€˜amazing’ Katie Brown, who β€˜combines brilliant lawyering with a real tactical and strategic understanding’.

Edwards Duthie’s strong team is led by the β€˜knowledgeable and experienced’ James Harrison (whose β€˜approach is always considered and well-judged’) and the β€˜absolutely outstanding’ Rebecca Manson.

Christian Hansen leads the β€˜dedicated’ housing team at Hansen Palomares Solicitors and specialises in disrepair, homelessness and possession. The firm was successful against Southwark Council in recent cases concerning homelessness and gate keeping.

Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors is widely respected and handles all issues of social tenancy. Standout individuals include Rebekah Carrier, Lesley Curtis and Ann Bevington.

Philcox Gray & Co provides β€˜an excellent service to very vulnerable clients whom many other firms might turn away’. Ruth Camp β€˜can identify arguments where others might not spot them’, and Rebecca Bahar β€˜provides a truly five-star service for every client without fail’.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s merger with legacy Alan Edwards & Co brought a specialist social housing team led by the β€˜clear-thinking and knowledgeable’ Graham French. Consultant Matilda Rubens is also recommended.

Burke Niazi Solicitors & Advocates’ β€˜committed and hardworking team’ provides β€˜a very good, reliable service’. Keith Clarke heads the practice and is noted for his β€˜excellent client skills’.

At GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates department head Denise Phillips is β€˜utterly committed, hardworking and has managed to achieve results for her clients when advised that there is nowhere to take the case’.

Hockfield & Co Solicitors handles a broad caseload with notable expertise in disrepair claims. The β€˜very professional’ Sarah Mossop is recommended.

Steel & Shamash represents vulnerable clients as part of its large public law practice. Anna O’Connell and Chris Callender are key housing advisers.

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