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Hodge Jones & Allen
180 NORTH GOWER STREET
LONDON
NW1 2NB
England

Work Department

Housing & Property Disputes

Position

Sophie Bell is a Partner in the Housing team at Hodge Jones & Allen. She has specialised in housing law for 17 years. Her work spans a wide range of practice areas covering all aspects of landlord and tenant and social housing law, including possession and eviction, homelessness reviews and appeals, judicial review cases and claims for disrepair.

Sophie is a strong advocate of tenant’s rights and seeks to ensure those rights are fully protected. She takes an efficient, robust and compassionate approach to all her cases, representing individuals against various opponents including councils, housing associations and private landlords. She works with many highly vulnerable clients, particularly in relation to threatened possession matters, often successfully ensuring that not only is a possession order or eviction avoided but that the landlords take further steps to assist their tenants.

Sophie has a wide knowledge of disrepair law and has recently achieved settlement in a number of cases whereby tenants have achieved substantial awards of damages, in addition to the completion of works to the property.

Sophie also regularly takes on more complex housing cases. She secured a positive outcome for an elderly and vulnerable client who had been unlawfully evicted from his home by a property developer. Her client’s name was not on the title deeds for the property and the lawful owner appeared to be deceased, yet Sophie was able to obtain an order to declare that the client was the sole legal owner of the house. Claims were successfully brought against the property company and persons unknown, with Sophie obtaining a possession order and a five-figure compensation payout for her client.

Sophie believes that tenants should be empowered wherever possible to stand up for their rights. She regularly seeks to find ways to ensure that the necessary information is made available to those who need it most to try and minimise the number of tenants and homeless individuals who do not know which way to turn.

Career

Trained at TV Edwards, admitted as solicitor 2005,
Joined Hodge Jones & Allen 2008, Associate 2012, Senior Associate 2015, Partner 2016

Memberships

Sophie is a member of the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association (HLPA).

Education

Law, University College London, 2.1; Legal Practice Course, Distinction

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Social housing: tenant

(Next Generation Partners)

Sophie BellHodge Jones & Allen

Hodge Jones & Allen is ‘an industry leader in social housing law‘, representing clients across a broad spectrum of social housing matters, including possession, illegal eviction anti-social behaviour injunctions and disrepair claims, and provides ‘a valued service for legally-aided clients‘. The practice, headed by ‘exceptional lawyerJayesh Kunwardia, has a strong reputation for its work regarding the administrative law aspects of social housing, such as homelessness reviews, claims for judicial review and discrimination matters, and has a niche specialism in advising victims of domestic abuse and trafficking. ‘ExceptionalFarzana Chowdhury and ‘very well-regardedSophie Bell are both experienced in acting for vulnerable tenants and those with additional needs, such as those with capacity issues. Daniel Fitzpatrick has ‘extensive experience‘ in human rights and discrimination matters and is a lead housing solicitor in the Grenfell inquiry.