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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

1 KINGSLAND HIGH STREET, DALSTON, HACKNEY, LONDON, E8 2JS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7923 4020
Email:
Web:
www.duncanlewis.com

Subbiah Sivapunniyam

Tel:
Work 020 7923 8348
Email:
Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Work Department

Housing.

Position

Subbiah is a director in the housing department at Duncan Lewis. He has extensive experience in complex matters covering all aspects of landlord and social tenant issues. He specialises in housing issues including; possession actions, homelessness, illegal evictions, disrepair, and antisocial behaviour injunctions.

He has a particular interest in duties owed by local authorities to those who are vulnerable and has substantial experience in advising on homelessness and allocation rights, and challenging local authority decisions by County Court appeals and/or judicial review. He is a Duty Solicitor for the possession list in the Central London County Court and specialises in possession related litigation and representing tenants regularly in Court under the Court Duty Advocacy Scheme. Subbiah undertakes litigation works from County Court level to the House of Lords.

Career

Subbiah qualified as a solicitor in 1996, he joined Duncan Lewis in 1999, and became a partner-level director in 2004

Languages

Tamil.

Education

Subbiah has an M.Phil. and an M.A. in Archaeology. He completed his law degree in Madras Law College and enrolled as an Advocate in India in 1988. He practised in the Administrative Tribunals, High Court of Madras and Supreme Court of India before qualifying as a Solicitor in the UK. 


London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant

Within: Social housing: tenant

'One of the most effective firms practicing social housing law', Duncan Lewis Solicitors has considerable expertise in Equality Act defence cases, unlawful eviction and possession claims, and homelessness appeals. The team also handles a considerable amount of pro-bono work, which has recently included representing a number of individuals in homelessness claims following the Grenfell Tower disaster. Bernadette Chikwe represented an individual in possession proceedings arising out of the client's inability to assume tenancy due to her immigration status, and Dianne Cowie has experience with disrepair claims. Subbiah Sivapunniyam has been called 'a legend among housing lawyers', and James de Vere Moss is also 'very good'. Chinedu Orogbu joined the team from Thomas Dunton Solicitors, and Manjinder Kaur Atwal was promoted to director.

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