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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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Subbiah Sivapunniyam

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Subbiah is a director in the housing department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. He has extensive experience in complex matters covering all aspects of landlord and social tenant issues. He specialises in housing issues including; possession actions, homelessness, illegal evictions, disrepair, and antisocial behaviour injunctions.

He has a particular interest in duties owed by local authorities to those who are vulnerable and has substantial experience in advising on homelessness and allocation rights, and challenging local authority decisions by County Court appeals and/or judicial review. He is a Duty Solicitor for the possession list in the Central London County Court and specialises in possession related litigation and representing tenants regularly in Court under the Court Duty Advocacy Scheme. Subbiah undertakes litigation works from County Court level to the House of Lords.


Subbiah qualified as a solicitor in 1996, he joined Duncan Lewis Solicitors in 1999, and became a partner-level director in 2004




Subbiah has an M.Phil. and an M.A. in Archaeology. He completed his law degree in Madras Law College and enrolled as an Advocate in India in 1988. He practised in the Administrative Tribunals, High Court of Madras and Supreme Court of India before qualifying as a Solicitor in the UK. 

London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant

Within: Social housing: tenant

Duncan Lewis Solicitors' social housing team is mainly spread across offices in Croydon, Dalston, Harrow and Lewisham. It covers the full range of housing disputes, including disrepair cases, possession proceedings involving Equality Act defences, homelessness appeals and judicial reviews. The firm's commitment to access to justice is reflected by its significant involvement in pro bono work, and it is also acting for a number of participants in the Grenfell Tower inquiry. Manjinder Kaur Atwal is assisting an assured tenant with defending a possession claim and bringing a counterclaim against a landlord property development company, as well as the sole director of and shareholder in the landlord. Atwal is also defending a client against a possession claim concerning a shared ownership property under Article eight and Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights in a potentially precedent-setting case concerning the role of social landlords in possession proceedings for shared ownership property brought by a mortgagee. Other recommended individuals are Dianne Cowie, James de Vere Moss, Chinedu Orogbu, Bernadette Chikwe and Subbiah Sivapunniyam.

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