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  1. Social housing – Leading sets
  2. Social housing – Leading silks
  3. Social housing – 2016 silks
  4. Social housing – Leading juniors

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Arden Chambers has β€˜real strength in depth’, which means there is β€˜always someone available who can be trusted with the matter at hand’. Recent highlights saw Justin Bates assisting the Labour Party housing team with the Homelessness Reduction Bill and appearing in the Supreme Court case McDonald v McDonald for one of the interveners, the Residential Landlords Association, concerning whether Article 8 provided a defence for private assured shorthold tenants to a possession claim brought by an LPA receiver. Ian Peacock joined from New Square Chambers in April 2017.

Cornerstone Barristers is a β€˜very accommodating set; if your preferred barrister is not available, the clerks are always able to suggest alternatives of a similar calibre’. Six members appeared before the Supreme Court in Johnson v Solihull MBC, the leading case on homelessness of recent times. Kelvin Rutledge QC and Ryan Kohli acted in the Court of Appeal in Hackney v Haque, which concerned the steps a decision maker in a statutory housing review has to take in order to demonstrate compliance with s149 of the Equality Act 2010.

Members of Doughty Street Chambers are β€˜easy to communicate with and always willing and able to respond in a professional and timely manner’. David Carter acted for the defendant in Samin v Westminster City Council before the Supreme Court, in which an EU national with mental health issues was found ineligible for homelessness assistance as he was not a worker for the purposes of the EEA Regulations 2006.

Five Paper is a β€˜very strong set with extremely knowledgeable barristers, who are able to assist at short notice’. Nicholas Grundy QC successfully defended Islington Council against an Environmental Protection Act 1990 prosecution regarding the condition of a premises and resisted the prosecutor’s application for costs. Victoria Osler is acting in a homelessness case concerning the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Nzolameso v Westminster City Council on a local authority’s ability to house homeless people out of the authority’s geographical area.

Garden Court Chambers has a β€˜huge bank of barristers and is one of the leading London sets with great availability’. Liz Davies acted for the homeless party in Cieicierska v Brent LBC, an appeal surrounding Brent’s conclusion that the client had refused suitable accommodation; the judge quashed the review decision. Connor Johnston appeared in Samuels v Lewisham LBC, which resulted in legislative changes to the rules on eligibility.

Hardwicke β€˜makes clients feel valued and provides a friendly service’. Alison Meacher is acting for Nuneaton and Bedworth Council in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal against a decision made by the First-tier Tribunal that a person’s entitlement to housing benefit should not be subject to the β€œbedroom tax” on the basis that they have an additional bedroom. Morayo Fagborun Bennett acted for the claimant in A2Dominion v Cocks, a possession claim on the grounds of rent arrears and that the defendant parted possession of the property and failed to occupy it as her only or principal home.

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