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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Dianne Cowie

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Director of Housing, Dianne specialises in acting for both landlords and tenants in housing matters including; disrepair, possession proceedings, injunction and committal proceedings, homelessness appeals and Judicial Reviews. She has extensive experience handling cases that have been decided in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She has a niche specialism in housing disrepair matters, helping tenants and leaseholders ensure repairs are carried out to their properties and when possible, obtaining compensation for clients affected by disrepair. She is also highly experienced in possession matters and in particular, matters involving allegations of anti-social behaviour, often in respect of vulnerable clients.


Dianne worked at several firms before joining Duncan Lewis in 2015 as a partner-level director in the Croydon branch.


Dianne studied her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (LLB) at Nottingham Trent University and gained her LPC from the College of Law, London.

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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