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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

Bernadette Chikwe

Tel:
Work 020 7275 2885
Email:
Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Work Department

Housing

Position

Housing director Bernadette specialise in all aspects of housing litigation and tenant/landlord social housing matters. She has copious experience in both dealing with privately rented, local authority and social landlords rent and other grounds possession proceedings. She also has experience in dealing with mortgage possession proceedings, charging order proceedings and assisting clients make their applications to suspend warrants of eviction.

Bernadette has worked in a number of reported cases including the recent Abdi v the London Borough of Waltham Forest an s.204 appeal, on the issue of suitability of temporary accommodation of time and distance in the context of borough placements and the post Localism Act.

She has been a duty solicitor since 2002 at both Bow County Court and the Central London County Court. As a duty solicitor, she gives clients face to face advice before and after their hearings. She liaises with third parties, represents them in relation to their hearings and when appropriate, makes referrals to other organisations following the hearing.

Bernadette also supervises a remote advice service through the Legal Aid Agency Civil Legal Advice. This entails representing clients UK-wide, handling their instructions and processing their cases remotely through non face to face communications such as video calls, telephone and/or email.

Career

Following over 10 years’ experience in other firms, Bernadette joined Duncan Lewis in 2013 and was appointed partner-level, director of housing in 2016.

Languages

Bernadette speaks Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, some German and basic French

Education

Bernadette completed her LPC at the College of Law in London and did the Common Professional Examination at City University. Prior to this she obtained a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of North London.


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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