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Leading Silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersMartin is always one step ahead, with the most persuasive of answers to every judge's question. A barrister of the highest intelligence.
Nicholas Grundy QC - Five PaperNick is a brilliant legal mind and incredibly sharp. He is always fully prepared and all over the issues at hand. He is our go to man for all Court of Appeal work and clearly a leading legal mind when it comes to all matters housing.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Baker - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareChris has a superb knowledge of the residential landlord and tenant law and understands the broader social housing picture and the regulatory environment. His measured approach to advocacy works well in the tribunals and higher courts.
Justin Bates - Landmark ChambersJustin is a brilliant advocate. He manages to simplify complex legal arguments to a level which the lay client can follow. He really is a QC in the making.
Liz Davies - Garden Court ChambersLiz is one the most important lawyers working in housing law today. Her knowledge is encyclopaedic and that allied with her passion for social justice makes her a formidable barrister.
Edward Fitzpatrick - Garden Court ChambersEd is a tenacious and clever barrister with great commitment to his clients' cases. Of late his practice has moved up a gear and he is brining some of the most important and distinguished cases in housing law.
Andrew Lane - Cornerstone BarristersAndy always gives direct and realistic advice and is excellent in cross-examination and putting submissions clearly and precisely.
Jonathan Manning - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareIt is clear from his advocacy style that he is highly knowledgeable in this area of law.
Zia Nabi - Doughty Street ChambersZia has been bringing the leading cases in housing law, particularly homelessness cases for a number of years now. Those who instruct him know why. It is because Zia brings an extraordinary intellect to bear on an already comprehensive knowledge and skill set.
Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersDean is hands-on, pragmatic, friendly and loved by clients. His preparation is second to none and he leaves no stones un-turned when finding solutions and particularly during cross examination.
Toby Vanhegan - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareToby is a quick thinker and can see arguable legal points where others may not.
Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersHe is excellent at getting to the heart of a legal issue and condensing large complicated cases into simpler issues to focus on.
Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersA fountain of knowledge on the law of anti-social behaviour and local government functions, duties, and powers. Generous and supportive of junior members of the Bar, which is of the utmost importance to the Bar's culture and development.
Clare Cullen - Field Court ChambersAn excellent barrister with an eye to detail. Thorough and confident.
Andrew Dymond - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareI think that there are few barristers who would have his combination of knowledge and commitment.
Ian Peacock - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareHe is very approachable, has extensive knowledge of local government, homelessness appeals and judicial reviews.
Dominic Preston - Doughty Street ChambersDominic is a fearless and determined advocate who works tirelessly on behalf of clients and often achieves spectacular results. His fierce intellect enables him to come up with novel arguments and creative solutions to get the very best for clients.
Sarah Salmon - Cornerstone BarristersSarah is a talented barrister with an intuitive feel for the intricacies of housing law and civil procedure. Sarah’s quality of drafting and advocacy are some of the best I have seen.
Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersTruly excellent - totally in command of the papers, exemplary in drafting, alive to procedural tactics and with an enviable facility to establish a quick rapport with lay clients when explaining legal complexities and practical implications.
Tessa Buchanan - Garden Court ChambersTessa is rightly held as one the leading juniors of her generation in this area of law. Those who have had the privilege to work with her already knew about her prodigious talents for legal argument on paper and in court.
Ben Chataway - Doughty Street ChambersSuch is his talent in seeing in to the core aspects of social welfare cases that his advice is frequently determinate of positive outcomes for clients.
Justine Compton - Garden Court ChambersJustine can see the full picture quickly, and gives pragmatic advice on the case, and in particular in consideration of obtaining a settlement to ensure that the client gets the best outcome possible.
Stephen Cottle - Garden Court ChambersStephen is one of the foremost social housing lawyers at the Bar. He has argued some important and ground breaking housing possession, eviction and homelessness cases in the higher courts. Meticulous, knowledgeable and approachable.
Adrian Davis - Field Court ChambersHe is extremely approachable and helpful when asked to provide advice and takes the time to go through any issues I have with the case.
Iris Ferber - 42 Bedford RowIris has obvious intellectual ability and is well ahead of her peers. Firm, yet friendly, and a strategic thinker - a leader at the housing Bar and beyond.
Kevin Gannon - Garden Court ChambersKevin is unrivalled amongst all the barristers I have used for knowledge, skill, and immense poise in his advocacy. He has the ability to take the court with him when making complex, multivalent arguments, by virtue of his calm and sophisticated communication talents.
Bethan Harris - Garden Court ChambersBethan is very approachable and thorough, and has provided dependable guidance and advice to help navigate what is a very difficult and complex case.
Connor Johnston - Garden Court ChambersWhen I instruct Connor I know he will leave no stone unturned to achieve the best outcome for the person being assisted, and will not limit his contribution because of factors such as limitations of legal aid. His commitment to give voice to the voiceless comes across in his down to earth and compassionate approach to the individuals being assisted.
Ryan Kohli - Cornerstone BarristersRyan is a very careful, methodical and effective advocate. He is a bold advocate, not afraid to persist with difficult arguments even when facing a reluctant judiciary.
Matthew Lee - Lamb BuildingMatthew is a star in the making, he thinks out of the box and challenges points of law that others are scared to challenge. Matthew has exceptionally good knowledge of the law and is absolutely determined and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for our clients.
Stephanie Lovegrove - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareA highly experienced barrister who has an excellent command of all aspects of housing law.
Catherine O'Donnell - Garden Court ChambersCatherine has a calm and measured approach to instructions which are very often complex and multi layered. Her advice is always clear and succinct with wide ranging knowledge in this ever-expanding area of law.
Victoria Osler - Five PaperVictoria takes a no-nonsense approach to litigation which is greatly approved of in my view! She is also dedicated, willing to assist at a moments notice and always able to produce A-grade quality work within very restrictive deadlines.
Catherine Rowlands - Cornerstone BarristersHighly knowledgeable about the law, effective and persuasive as an advocate and very responsive to needs of local authorities.
Marina Sergides - Garden Court ChambersShe is a leading barrister in this field not only due to her work ethic but her shear brilliance. She is a colleague and ally and I always know a case in safe hands when it is handed to her.
Jim Shepherd - Doughty Street ChambersJim is committed to the social housing cause and is a fabulous warrior for justice. He is unflappable in the face of obnoxious opponents, and complex clients.
Sarah Steinhardt - Doughty Street ChambersHer vast knowledge and very sharp thinking gives her a facility with novel and complex arguments that is often staggering to see.
Laura TweedyGatehouse ChambersA firm favourite of clients – they particularly value her strong advocacy and down to earth style of communication.
Amritpal Bachu - 1MCBAmritpal is dedicated, reliable and highly professional, and has gone above and beyond exploring all avenues to secure the best results.
Nick Bano - Garden Court ChambersThe next big thing in housing law. He knows everything and is involved in a lot of the major housing cases. He is always enthusiastic, imaginative and will fight hard to get a result.
Morayo Fagborun BennettGatehouse ChambersGreat technical knowledge. Knows how to get the points across to the judges.
Sally Blackmore - Enterprise ChambersSally is an excellent lawyer and is on top of the game; what she does not know about social housing law probably isn't worth knowing. Sally has a practical, common sense approach, gives clear, concise advice, meets deadlines and produces excellent written work.
Alexander Campbell - Field Court ChambersAlexander is very professional and thorough. He is good at finding solutions to problems and is pragmatic.
Daniel Clarke - Doughty Street ChambersHis thoroughness and attention to detail alongside his steely determination to achieve the best possible outcome for the clients have often yielded fantastic results way beyond what might have been expected.
Matthew Feldman - Cornerstone BarristersMatthew is particularly forthright in his advocacy and is adept at developing and advancing cases to secure the best outcome for the client. He can assess the course a case needs to take, and steer it past obstacles that might arise with steadfast persuasiveness.
Emma Godfrey - Field Court ChambersShe is an excellent advocate and very knowledgeable.
Angela Hall - Five PaperAngela is an absolute asset to the set, she is incredibly quick at spotting tricky issues for the client and is proactive at suggesting tactics to address those issues. She is a strong and tenacious litigator and is adept at obtaining the best results possible for our lay clients.
Naomi Hawkes - 42 Bedford RowShe is knowledgeable with many years experience of housing, property and litigation law and has excellent written communication skills.
Desmond Kilcoyne - 42 Bedford RowVery knowledgeable, highly skilled, extremely thorough and can always be relied on to achieve the best outcome for our client department - even in instances where there a limited instructions.
Sam Madge-Wyld - Tanfield ChambersSam has broad expertise in all matters relating to social housing. Sam is capable of spotting the important points in cases that might otherwise seem unwinnable.
Ben Maltz - Five PaperBen is extremely thorough in his case preparation with excellent attention to detail. He is measured, confident and calm on his feet and makes complex issues and facts simple to understand.
Christopher McCarthyField Court Chambers 'Brilliant - he pays attention to detail and is approachable and knowledgable; he is passionate about social housing.'
Mathew McDermott - 42 Bedford RowMathew has a particular eye for detail and does not leave any stone unturned.
Michael Mullin - Five PaperMichael is highly experienced in housing. He always provides sound legal advice and is excellent with clients in terms of explaining technical issues and providing pragmatics solutions.
Sam Phillips - Five PaperSam is immensely knowledgeable and always obtains excellent results. Sam is quick-witted in both his intelligence and homour, making him a firm favourite amongst clients.
Millie Polimac - Five PaperVery well-organised and succinct arguments put forward, in writing and in oral submissions. Great knowledge of the area in which instructions are being sought.
Anneli Robins4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 'Tenacious and committed to every instruction - her strengths are her knowledge of the law and of people, and the ability to work well with her clients.'
Anna Tkaczynska - Serjeants' Inn ChambersIntelligent and passionate, she fights for a good outcome for the client.
Adrian Marshall Williams - Garden Court ChambersAdrian prepares succinct pleadings that capture all the legal points including complex points of law in relation to discrimination and public law.

Rising Stars

Riccardo CalzavaraCornerstone Barristers 'He is very proactive, provides sound, thorough and timely advice, and fights the corner of the client but is always realistic.'
Elizabeth EnglandFive Paper 'Elizabeth has excellent attention to detail and has the ability to get to grips with the heart of the issues.'

Social housing in London Bar

4-5 Gray's Inn Square

The barristers at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square advise on the full range of social housing issues and are 'absolutely brilliant, thrive to set case law and always happy to assist'. The set has recently established a notable reputation for fire safety and cladding issues following significant involvement in the Grenfell inquiry and members of the set, Andrew Dymond among others, representing bereaved and survivors of the disaster. In 2020, Christopher Baker successfully defended Agudas Israel Housing Association before the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Z) v Hackney LBC, a challenge brought by a concerning the allocation properties in Stamford Hill specifically fitted out for the needs of Orthodox Jews. Toby Vanhegan has been involved in a number of cases concerning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing and homelessness, such as in Bankole-Jones v Watford BC, concerning the interpretation of priority need. Also noteworthy, Anneli Robins was involved in Croydon LBC v Kalonga, a case concerning the ejection of anti-social tenants on flexible tenancies, which do not generally have forfeiture clauses.

Testimonials

Set

‘4-5 Grays Inn Square remains a leading set for social housing work, in particular with a number of enthusiastic and knowledgeable junior counsel.’

‘The overall knowledge and expertise of this set of chambers is impressive.’

‘The set as a whole offer a variety of skilled and experienced counsel in social housing. Their client base give them a well-rounded approach to strategy in social housing cases. Their training courses are engaging and highly relevant. One of the few sets I would instruct regularly in these matters.’

‘Many members of its housing team are excellent, well-renowned and easy to get on with.’

‘4-5 Gray’s Inn is set of chambers that are absolutely brilliant, thrive to set case law and always happy to assist.’

Clerks

‘The clerks have always been courteous and helpful. Fee notes are provided in good time and any corrections that need to be made on fee notes are always done quickly.’

‘4 – 5 Gray’s Inn Square is a professional set of chambers. Very responsive to requests for advocates.’

‘The clerks are fantastic and very helpful, especially Emily Martin.’

‘Clerking is generally efficient and competent.’

Cornerstone Barristers

'One of the best known housing sets' Cornerstone Barristers  has a formidable reputation for cases concerning social housing law, including niche aspects regarding the traveller encampments. In 2021, Wayne Beglan acted in Anderson v Basildon DC, a key Court of Appeal case regarding the circumstances in which local authorities can successfully obtain interim mandatory injunction orders ejecting travellers from land they are currently on. In Adesotu v Lewisham LBC, Dean Underwood represented Lewisham LBC regarding the issue whether the County Court has jurisdiction to determine claims of alleged disability and indirect discrimination under ss.15, 19 and 29 Equality Act 2010 in a homelessness appeal under s.204 Housing Act 1996. Sarah Salmon joined from Field Court Chambers.

Testimonials

Set

‘Cornerstone Barristers are very professional and have excellent expertise in specific areas and a variety of professionals to choose from at all levels in Social Housing law. This makes it a very attractive chambers in Social Housing law, especially for those practising for Landlords. All of the barristers I have worked with there have always given the time to explain and discuss matters in further detail wherever necessary.’

‘Well versed, with a range of highly knowledgeable advocates.’

‘Cornerstone is a great set with some real quality. They regularly put on very well received training, they are the authors of some very good publications, we rely on heavily including ‘Cornerstone on Anti-social Behaviour’ and Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud.’

‘Known for acting for local authorities and social landlords. One of the best known housing sets.’

‘The chambers have a wide range of counsel with excellent facilities.’

Clerks

‘The clerks are friendly, ever ready to help, they go over and above to assist. Elliot Langdorf, George Regan, Daniel Gatt and Chelsea Thomas are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Great clerks, very friendly and always prepared to find a solution.’

‘Exceptional and ever ready to assist – George, Elliot and Dan.’

‘All of the clerks that I have dealt with at Cornerstone Barristers are very helpful, very pleasant and very organised. The clerks that I have dealt with most recently are Daniel Gatt, George Regan and Chelsea Thomas who have always been very responsive and accommodating of my requirements.’

‘All the Clerks are responsive and efficient. In particular I have found Sam Collins to be extremely helpful. They have never let me down and will try and help in any way they can’

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers offers a 'fantastic range of barristers' that represent predominantly individual applicants, such as tenants and individuals facing homelessness. Due to the teams overlap of work with community care, administrative law and Court of Protection, the set has a noted specialism in regard to cases involving vulnerable clients with physical or mental health issues as well as acting for asylum seekers. Martin Westgate QC , 'one of the foremost leading figures in social welfare and public law', lead Sarah Steinhardt on R (Imam) v LB Croydon, a mandatory relief claim now pending before the Court of Appeal regarding the homeless status of a disabled person in an allegedly inappropriate property. Zia Nabi appeared before the Court of Appeal in 2020 in Trecarrell House Ltd v Rouncefield, which clarified that the failure to provide a gas safety certificate prior to a tenants occupation does not prevent a landlord serving a s.21 notice. Jamie Burton QC took silk in 2021.

Testimonials

Set

‘Great – nothing but praise. All barristers are considered a safe pair of hands. The training they have offered over the lockdown period has been very well tailored and thought out.’

‘Doughty Street is a truly outstanding set in the field of social welfare, housing and public law and one of the only two sets that I use.’

‘Doughty Street Chambers are my “go to” Chambers as a housing lawyer. They have a fantastic range of barristers with a wide variety of strengths in different areas. It is almost always possible to secure counsel, even at short notice, and you know you will be in safe hands when you do. Counsel do not stand on ceremony and always go the extra mile to help instructing solicitors and their clients.’

‘Doughty Street has developed its housing team and has a breadth of knowledge and experience. I use a range of barristers and if the usual ones are not available, the proposed replacement is not a disappointment.’

‘Doughty Street Chambers is exceptional. Their barristers are highly skilled, empathetic and passionate in fighting for social justice and advocating for the vulnerable.’

Clerks

‘The clerking at Doughty Street is second to none. I am always particularly grateful to Rachel Finch for assistance that goes well beyond that which is expected including helping me with roles I have outside of directly instructing chambers.’

‘The clerks are lovely and very efficient – a real pleasure to deal with even at short notice or late in the day.’

‘The clerks are superb, always incredibly prompt, efficient and friendly and always willing to go the extra mile!’

‘Fantastic, they go above and beyond to accommodate, nothing is too much. Of note is an example where at the beginning of lockdown they assisted with electronic bundling. Emily Norman, Rachel Finch and Sian Wilkins are all particularly helpful and friendly.’

‘Excellent – very approachable, organised and efficient.’

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is a 'first choice of chambers when looking to instruct counsel in respect of a publicly-funded social housing matter'. The set operates a cross-disciplinary approach drawing on the additional experience and knowledge of members of chambers who specialise in areas of law adjacent to social housing. Therefore, the offering spans a full service ranging from traditional social housing matters, such as unlawful evictions and homelessness appeals, to ancillary issues involving immigration, family law, welfare benefits, disability, migrant welfare and asylum support. Edward Fitzpatrick acted for the appellant in Flores v London Borough of Southwark, a case concerning if a property became "deliberately" overcrowded owing to the aging of children. In London Borough of Hackney v Okoro Tim Baldwin successfully represented the appellant in an appeal as to whether appeals against possession orders fell under the stay of possession proceedings during the Coronavirus pandemic. Also noteworthy, Nick Bano was involved in R (FB) v Camden LBC (Women’s Aid intervening), a successful challenge to the placement of a female survivor of domestic violence in a mixed-sex hostel.

Testimonials

Set

‘Garden court chambers is excellent in housing law and are an outstanding set and the best I have worked with in Housing. They are always updated and even in the worst cases, look for a way to assist the client.’

‘Garden Court has excellent strength in depth and so if a particular barrister is not available this does not impact the case and another excellent choice is always available, including at short notice.’

‘Garden Court Chambers as a whole is, in my view, one of the best sets for social housing tenants. The barristers in this set of chambers are very good. This set of chambers also run interesting and free training courses.’

‘Garden Court Chambers are a leading set in housing matters. There are many barristers in the Chambers, whom I would be happy to instruct, so if my first choice is not available the clerks generally have an alternative to offer. Garden Court run excellent training seminars over the full range of housing law.’

‘Garden Court has strength in depth. They have a cadre of barristers at the top of their fields, and a clerking team that makes working with them seamless.’

Clerks

‘Excellent service, the clerks are prompt and efficient.’

‘The clerks offer an excellent service and reply promptly to correspondence and queries and always seek to find appropriate counsel for your case. Tim Hempsted in particular is very helpful and is always available to speak with for any queries.’

‘I am very impressed by Garden Court Chambers. The Clerk in service is excellent.’

‘Their clerking team are fantastic, they go the extra mile to locate suitable counsel in emergencies and can be relied upon to make dealing with urgent matters as smooth and stress free as possible.’

‘Very good all round service, particularly Tim Hempsted and his team. Very efficient, prompt and courteous. Finance Team also worth a mention. Lauren Barber experienced and knowledgeable on billing side.’

Five Paper

Five Paper is noted for its focus on social housing work and has an enviable reputation for acting for many of the leading social housing law firms as well as local authorities and private registered providers of social housing. Clients feel that the set has ‘an excellent strength and depth of housing barristers and have some excellent juniors who are making a really good name for themselves.’  Nicholas Grundy QC and Sam Phillips   represented the successful defendants in Simawi v LB Haringey, a case concerning an alleged disparity in treatment between death and divorce in succession to pre-2012 social tenancies; after victory in the Court of Appeal the Supreme Court refused the claimant permission to appeal. Stephen Evans is an expert on discrimination and equality aspects of social housing.

Testimonials

Set

‘I consider Five Paper to be the best in the sector. They are reliable, friendly, have excellent barrister and costs are reasonable in comparison to other sets. Five Paper have always been my number one choice and for the above reasons, they will continue to be.’

‘There is a good depth to the housing counsel covering a wide range of experience from very junior to Silk. This means that there is always the right level of experience available.’

‘The chambers is superb. Their series of webinars during the pandemic have been a marvellous source of knowledge and have provided practical advice and insight.’

‘I have worked with Five Paper for 20 years now and find them to be leaders in the field of Social Housing – always my go to for complex, tricky and cutting edge cases.’

‘Very strong set of pupils, juniors and seniors (including a QC). A great selection of choice depending on the task. Efficient, no fuss clerking. Good clear pricing and good and swift communication on that as well.’

Clerks

‘Very happy with the service provided by the clerks, always professional and eager to help.’

‘David Portch is a calm, yet authoritative, confident and very competent Head Clerk.’

‘All the clerks team are very fast and professional.’

‘David Portch and his team are excellent great service provided and value for money – I have worked with David for many years and he and his team are very professional and always prompt to return calls and arrange counsel to cover hearings even at short notice.’

‘The clerks make a huge difference to us when it comes to customer service and probably distinguish this set from other London barristers as a result. They always work hard to find us the right barrister and the right price.’

42 Bedford Row

42 Bedford Row offers advice to individuals, such as tenants and leaseholders, as well as local and public authorities, housing associations, registered landlords, banks and developers on the full spectrum of social housing law. The set has a particular niche area of expertise for matters at the intersection of housing and family issues, as well as serious anti-social behaviour. Iris Ferber is currently acting in Primesight Developments v Majestic Court Management Company which concerns the question in landlord and tenant law whether a default judgment for service charge arrears amounts to a “final determination” under s81 Housing Act 1996, entitling a landlord to forfeit the lease. Desmond Kilcoyne successfully acted for the local authority in Lambeth v Gniewosz concerning the roofing materials used for a re-development. Mathew McDermott frequently acts in judicial reviews with a focus on those relating to local authorities’ duties to the homeless.

Testimonials

Set

‘This set of chambers is in my view outstanding. They always go out of their way to assist you with counsel availability, particularly in matters of injunctions where counsel is required at the last minute.’

‘A good chambers with a variety of counsel at differing levels at competitive rates. Always willing to accommodate emergency instructions.’

‘Chambers are highly efficient and provide an excellent service. They provide a very good selection of Barristers in each field and provide an explanation of each Barrister’s ability and competency for the case at hand allowing an Instructing Solicitor to make the correct choice.’

‘The Chambers has a good cover at junior level for Housing Claims, their clerks are very approachable.’

‘I have utilised the chambers on many occasions. Other barristers at the set are happy to step in and assist where they can. The set is complemented by excellent clerks who are very much “on the ball”.’

Clerks

‘All of the clerks are excellent and offer a top rate service.’

‘Steve Sheridan is probably the best clerk that I deal with in the legal profession.’

‘The clerks possess a good knowledge of each barrister’s competency in a subject area and hence are easily able to assist to provide the right barrister for the case at hand.’

’42 Bedford Row Chambers are very easy to deal with and their clerks are always respond to queries for new and existing instructions quickly. I mainly have dealings with Steve Sheridan and Chris Collinson and regard them very highly.’

‘Steve Sheridan is a fantastic clerk who offers a very high level of service. This clearly filters all the way down to junior clerks, who always make you feel valued as a client.’

Field Court Chambers

The ‘generally excellent‘ housing team at Field Court Chambers provides advice and representation predominantly to local authorities, housing associations, registered social landlords and to individuals in courts. In the Court of Appeal case of Jarvis v Evans and another (Shelter Cymru intervening) Christopher McCarthy acted successfully for the tenants; the case concerned if “notice to terminate a tenancy” under the Welsh legislation included notice served under Section 8, Housing Act 1988 and whether a notice served in breach of section 7 of the Housing (Wales) Act invalidated the notice.

Testimonials

Set

‘I think that the housing team are generally excellent. Clare Cullen is a barrister who I know I will receive high quality work from. I think that she is more than a match for the barristers from other chambers.’

‘The chambers are friendly and approachable.’

Clerks

‘The clerks have been helpful and responded to any queries promptly.’

‘I have always found the clerks to be helpful and approachable.’

‘The clerks have not let me down. They are a pleasure to work with.’

Gatehouse Chambers

Gatehouse Chambers is considered to be a ‘go to chambers for property work‘ that are ‘friendly and commercial with expertise across a wide spectrum of contentious property matters‘. The set is regularly sought out by large housing associations, particularly on matters that cover more than one area of law. Members of the set, also act for individuals, with Alison Meacher, having expertise in matters involving vulnerable people, crossing over with her Court of Protection practice. In London Borough of Sutton v Aslett, Morayo Fagborun Bennett successfully acted for the defendant council where the court followed the argument that the anti-social behaviour justified an outright possession order and was proportionate under the Equality Act.

Testimonials

Set

‘Gatehouse have a good selection of barristers who undertake property litigation work. They have run a lot of very informative, virtual training sessions during the lockdown and I think they have been very well received by those who attended them.’

‘My favourite set – friendly and with a depth and range of experience. Sensible and flexible on price.’

‘Go-to chambers for property work. Friendly and commercial with expertise across a wide spectrum of contentious property matters.’

‘Excellent in relation to Housing Litigation.’

Clerks

‘James Duncan Hartill is particularly good – sensible and sensitive to client needs re pricing and turnaround times.’

‘The clerks’ room is a beacon of positivity. Claire Gallacher responds quickly to queries and is always happy to help.’

‘Claire Gallacher is extremely helpful and manages correspondence promptly.’

‘Very good clerking – James Duncan-Hartill is wonderful to work with.’

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers has an 'expanding specialism in landlord and tenant' matters, with members acting for both third sector landlords as well as tenants. The set advises on a full array of social housing issues ranging from day-to-day housing management issues, such as subletting and anti-social behaviour, to complex possession claims involving capacity issues. Richard Drabble QC acted in R (Blundell) v SSWP, in which the High Court found the Secretary of State’s policy on deduction of automatic deduction of fines from Universal Credit to be unlawful. In Piechnik v Oxford CC, a leading case on local authority rights of access to “right to buy” flats in order to carry out fire safety upgrade works, Justin Bates represented Oxford City Council as the respondent.

Testimonials

Set

Landmark have an expanding specialism in landlord and tenant, with Justin Bates heading, and have some highly able barristers in the field. Recent webinars have been useful and of high quality.

Landmark’s housing law team is relatively small, but in demand. Recent webinars have been useful and of a good standard.

Landmark are on the up in leasehold and wider housing work.’

‘This set of chambers runs very interesting free training programs which I have attended remotely.’

Landmark Chambers are my preferred set for Property Litigation. They have an incredible range of barristers and I have a strong working relationship with a number of them. Some of their barristers can be quite hard to instruct because they are so popular and so good. They ran virtual training throughout the pandemic which was very well received.

Clerks

Harry Feldman is brilliant. He always responds quickly, provides realistic, and reasonable, fee estimates promptly and ensures counsel keep to agreed timeframes.

The clerks are always, helpful and prompt and on top of their job.

The best clerking service I have ever had. Richard Bolton in particular is an absolute star. Always able to find a solution which best serves my client and is always willing to go the extra mile.

Clerks have always been helpful and efficient.