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Leading Juniors

Joseph Markus - Garden Court North ChambersJoseph is an exceptionally bright barrister with a very detailed insight into all aspects of housing law. He is approachable and is always happy to help in any way he possibly can. He is dedicated to helping vulnerable tenants and has a good manner with some very challenging clients with complex needs.
James Stark - Garden Court North ChambersJames is a walking encyclopaedia of housing and homelessness law.
Gary Willock - Garden Court North ChambersHe is always well-prepared, his style is relaxed and focused. He is a formidable opponent because he is a realistic, practical and client focused advocate. As well as being exceptional in written and oral advocacy. I could not recommend him highly enough.
Brynmor Adams - Exchange ChambersExcellent with technical arguments and great advocacy skills.
Sonia Birdee - Garden Court North ChambersAble to assimilate large quantities of material, and get to the key issues. Realistic, reasonable advocate.
Gary Lewis - Cobden House ChambersGary is tenacious, approachable and his advocacy skills are exceptional. He secures outstanding outcomes at trial and has a remarkable depth of knowledge.

Rising Stars

Elizabeth Mottershaw - Garden Court North ChambersExtremely methodical and always makes forceful submissions to court.
Lucie Wood - Cobden House ChambersLucie's strength is most definitely the wealth of knowledge she has for the area of expertise covered. Lucie is also extremely approachable, very down to earth and willing to help in any way possible. Lucie is able to explain the answers to questions in a way that the client will understand and not too technical. I suppose Lucie's approach-ability could also be a weakness, just in the sense that she will do all she can to help even at short notice.

Social housing in Regional Bar

Garden Court North Chambers

Garden Court North Chambers is an 'excellent set' for social housing cases. Joseph Markus is a 'very knowledgeable barrister' and has a strong focus on immigration, housing and community care law. Elizabeth Mottershaw has a broad range of expertise and acts in possession, injunction and committal proceedings, unlawful eviction and disrepair cases, often acting for vulnerable clients. Former solicitors, James Stark and Gary Willock are recommended, as is Sonia Birdee who represents tenants in a wide variety of homelessness cases.

Testimonials

Set

‘This is a strong set with a genuine commitment to the areas of work that it covers. It is not remote or formal but the work is of a standard as good as any set of chambers.’

‘The set is very strong. It maintains a genuine commitment to this area of law.’

‘Garden Court North Chambers is rightly regarded as a leading set in the field of Legal Aid housing practice. Their counsel are very experienced in this area and their training is informative and helpful. They usually havea range of counsel available when needed, and their counsel tend to have a good grasp of the relevant legal and factual points in matters.’

‘Garden Court North Chambers has a long record of providing effective counsel to represent tenants, non-secure occupiers and homeless individuals in the range of work in the County Court and High Court. It’s housing team is well-respected in the field.’

‘This Chambers are singularly committed to advice and advocacy in social welfare law.’

‘They have undoubtedly the best availability of Counsel outside of London for housing law in terms of breadth and expertise. Incredibly impressive team with barristers focusing on a number of areas of social welfare law, not just housing law.’

‘They are well regarded and for good reason, as they have consistently excellent advocates from top to bottom.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are helpful and always polite and friendly.’

‘Nicola Carroll is approachable and has a steady hand on the tiller.’

Cobden House Chambers

Cobden House Chambers' Gary Lewis has a broad housing practice, with a strong focus for handling possession claims.  Lucie Wood is also noted and acts for both landlords and tenants, and specialises in unlawful eviction, leasehold, disability discrimination, mental capacity and selective licensing appeals.

Testimonials

Set

‘They are very accommodating for all of my needs. Whether this is shuffling things around in order to arrange cover at short notice or being flexible on the fees charged. Moreover, I have attended a number of training sessions provided by them and they have always been very well prepared and in-depth.’

‘I do not use any other Chambers because of the high standard that I am afforded by them. If there is a problem with availability of Counsel the Clerks work hard, and with me, to try and resolve the matter. They always manage to find a solution. The Clerks are amazing and nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Cobden House Chambers boast a quality housing team meaning we can have confidence that even in the event there is a clash and instructed Counsel finds themselves unavailable at a later date then the vast majority of the time there will be alternative suitable and experienced Counsel available to cover.’

‘These Chambers are a cut above the rest – first-class, gold standard professionals. Approachable, cost effective and always on the ball. They are extremely supportive and fast acting. Barristers are all always on hand should you require anything and are all a joy to work with.’

Clerking

‘Christina Crook is very helpful. She always does what is asked of her and always gets back to me when she says she will. She is everything you could want of a clerk and more. ‘

‘Every single clerk have been amazing. It is quite clear that they all work together as a team. I have found every single one of them to be very friendly and approachable. ‘

‘Lisa Moore in the fees team is very quick to respond to any queries.’

‘The Clerks service is outstanding. Christina Cook is very supportive and helpful – Always willing to go that extra mile for you – Very hardworking and diligent.’

‘The Clerks at Cobden House are first class. They are approachable, professional and courteous. I would even like to comment on the call handlers who answer the calls on a daily basis. They are always happy to help and will apologise if the call has been ringing longer then they would have liked. If the clerks are unable to give me a response there and then, I can reassured that they will call or email back as soon as they are able.’

Exchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers has a sizeable local government and social housing department that has in-depth sector knowledge. Brynmor Adams is a key name to note and has a strong record in acting for local authorities in housing fraud cases. In July 2022 Paul Burns was appointed to the circuit bench.

Testimonials

Set

‘The set is excellent as a whole. They provide excellent training sessions throughout the years and are always willing to assist when required.’

‘The set as a whole is excellent. They arrange an extremely helpful and well prepared annual conference. There generally is someone available to assist with any query.’

‘Exchange Chambers have a very impressive Local Government and Social Housing (LGSH) department with a number of barristers who are specialists. They are always above to provide counsel even sometimes on short notice. Attending chambers for conferences is always easy and everything has been thought of by the team there which is especially helpful when working with lay witnesses who are vulnerable and have never worked with lawyers before. The annual LGSH seminar is invaluable in terms of the high level and depth and relevant nature of the training given but also in terms of bringing so many professionals and clients from the sector together once a year to share experiences and network.Exchange Chambers never responded to instructions in any thing other than approachable friendly professional and willing to assist to the highest standard. All the Barristers I have instructed are excellent and chambers always finds an available candidate when I have asked. ‘

‘Exchange Chambers is a well-respected set of barristers’ Chambers, principally in its Liverpool base, but also present in Manchester and Leeds. The social housing practitioners are a niche team who are regularly instructed by Registered Providers of social housing. They are the go to Chambers for those organisations who require advisory assistance and effective representation in contested trials.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are always efficient and courteous.’

‘The clerks are personable, easy to contact and provide an excellent service.’

‘The clerks are friendly, down to earth and always eager to assist with any queries.’

‘Their clerks are very helpful and go out of their way to assist, provide availability and arrange conferences.’

‘Clerks are always quick to respond to queries regarding counsel and I have always found them to offer alternative options if they are unable to assist with the specific query.’

‘Sarah Rotherham & Neil Wright are the two clerks that I deal with. I find them very professional, they are highly approachable and friendly. They provide a first class service and will always go above and beyond to assist however they can. I am comfortable approaching them to discuss fees.’