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Duncan Lewis Solicitors

1 KINGSLAND HIGH STREET, DALSTON, HACKNEY, LONDON, E8 2JS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7923 4020
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Web:
www.duncanlewis.com

Subbiah Sivapunniyam

Tel:
Work 020 7923 8348
Email:
Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Work Department

Housing.

Position

Subbiah is a director in the housing department at Duncan Lewis. 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.

Career

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

Languages

Tamil.

Education

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 is β€˜clearly a major player’ in the space and β€˜each practitioner excels in their area’. Dianne Cowie is the β€˜go-to’ name for housing disrepair matters, Subbiah Sivapunniyam regularly challenges local authorities in judicial reviews, and β€˜talented and insightful solicitor’ James de Vere Moss acts for vulnerable clients, including homeless people. The group recently defended an individual in possession proceedings brought by a registered social landlord, and advised a vulnerable client with mental health issues in the defence of possession proceedings brought by a local authority. Bernadette Chikwe was promoted to director in late 2016 and solicitor Manjinder Kaur Atwal, who β€˜clearly knows her stuff’, is β€˜incredibly bright, conscientious and pragmatic with excellent analytical skills’.

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