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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

UNIT 6, GROUND FLOOR, LONGCROSS COURT, CARDIFF, CF24 0AD, WALES
Tel:
Work 020 7923 4020
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Heather Iqbal Rayner

Tel:
Work 020 7275 2582
Email:
Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Work Department

Housing

Position

Director of housing, Heather, specialises in all housing law matters, including; possession, disrepair, anti-social behaviour, injunctions, homelessness, unlawful evictions and presenting Equality Act defences for vulnerable tenants.

In addition to her social housing work, Heather also handles social welfare tribunal, judicial review claimant and community care matters. Her civil litigation work includes contentious probate, party wall disputes and s17 appeals against the employment of illegal workers. She acts for a wide spectrum of clients throughout South Wales and has extensive experience acting for vulnerable individuals.

Heather’s prominence and experience in her field enables her to work effectively with an increasingly wide variety of contacts and third sector organisations, ensuring that they receive a full and comprehensive service in relation to their legal issues at hand.

Additionally, Heather spends much of her time campaigning on behalf of solicitors who need assistance and support, as well as responding to many legal consultations to enable as many clients as is possible to have access to justice. Heather also works on a pro bono basis for many clients and is an active member of LawWorks running Duncan Lewis's Cardiff Pro Bono Clinic.

Career

Heather joined Duncan Lewis as a solicitor in 2013 and was appointed partner-level director in 2015. In 2017, Heather was commended in both the ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year Award’ at the Law Society Excellence Awards and ‘Best Contribution by an Individual’ Category at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards.

Member

Heather is a member of the Law Society's Membership Committee.

Education

Heather has an LLB and a BA in English and Philosophy from the Open University.


Wales: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Leading individuals

Heather Iqbal Rayner - Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Within: Social housing

Duncan Lewis Solicitors provides 'thorough, clear and concise advice' to tenants across a broad array of contentious work including reviews, appeals and judicial review proceedings relating to homelessness, disrepair, succession for tenants and neighbourhood disputes. 'Highly motivated' team head Heather Iqbal Rayner provides an 'excellent service' to individuals, many of whom are vulnerable (including those with mental health and learning conditions) and is praised for 'her willingness to go the extra mile for her clients'. Rayner is currently representing a defendant (as one of a group of defendant travellers) in a defence to possession proceedings brought by the local authority arguing that they unlawfully trespassed on the land. Relying on human rights defences, the case is set for trial in 2018 and could bring important clarification defining the status of new age travellers - so far undefined in law - and confirm the status of trespassers. Lynda Reid is also recommended.

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