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Sally Blackmore

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Ely Place Chambers (Chambers of William McCormick QC)


Sally specialises in (i) landlord and tenant, property and housing litigation (ii) administrative law and (iii) human rights. Sally accepts instructions concerning all areas of landlord and tenant, property and housing litigation. She regularly advises and represents tenants and landlords, including local authorities and registered housing providers. She has particular expertise in dilapidations, unlawful eviction and harassment, and in possession matters involving public law and human rights issues (eg Optima Community Association v Ker [2013] EWCA Civ 579; Leicester City Council v Shearer [2013] EWCA Civ 1467). She also enjoys grappling with procedural issues (e.g. Home Group Ltd v Marie Matrejek [2015] EWHC 441 (QB), [2015] 2 Costs LO 267 in which an appeal to the Court of Appeal has been lodged). She advises commercial and residential clients on the construction of leases, forfeiture and in respect of easements and covenants. Sally advises and represents applicants and local authorities in homelessness appeals and housing and community care judicial reviews.


Called 2003; Lincoln’s Inn; Pupillage and tenancy – Arden Chambers 2003-12; Ely Place Chambers 2012-to-date.


French; German (conversational); Estonian (conversational).


Property Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association; Housing Law Practioners’ Association; Administrative Law Bar Association; Islington Legal Advice Centre.


St George School, Bristol; Goldsmiths College, University of London (1992 BA (Hons) English); University of Bristol (1993 MA Medieval Studies).


Sally has two very young children and spends most of her spare time with them. In addition, she enjoys playing the piano and reading. Before coming to the Bar, she worked as an English language teacher abroad working in Greece, Estonia and Cameroon as well as for summer schools in the UK. She still enjoys travel although now on a rather more limited basis.

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