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Work 020 7874 8300
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Sophie Bell

Tel:
Work 020 7874 8300
Email:
Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Work Department

Housing and property disputes.

Position

Sophie is a partner in the Housing Department and has specialised in Housing Law since 2006 and in particular in representing local authority, housing association and private tenants.  Sophie litigates in a wide range of housing matters including possession and eviction matters, homelessness reviews and appeals, judicial review cases, claims for disrepair and general landlord and tenant disputes. Sophie works with many vulnerable clients and regularly seeks to engage with voluntary organisations to ensure that such individuals are getting the support and advice they need. She has written a number of blogs for the Hodge Jones and Allen websites and editorials for local papers.

Career

Trained at TV Edwards, admitted as solicitor 2005, joined HJA 2008, Associate 2012, Senior Associate 2015, Partner 2016

Member

Since 2012 Sophie has been an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association (HLPA).

Education

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


London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant

Within: Next generation lawyers

Sophie Bell - Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Within: Social housing: tenant

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors fields a 'modern, forward-thinking and innovative' team, which has 'emerged as one of the top performers in the housing market'. The team has particular expertise in representing vulnerable individuals in homelessness appeals and landlord and tenant disputes, and has also been instructed in large group litigation. In one stand-out matter, Jayesh Kunwardia acted for 57 residents in group litigation against Peabody concerning the cessation of gas supply to the Strawberry Vale Estate. Moreover, Daniel Fitzpatrick is representing 42 individuals in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Other highlights included Farzana Chowdhury advising a secured tenant on a severe disrepair claim. Also recommended are Sophie Bell, who is 'particularly strong in complex Equality Act cases'; senior associate Siddiq Fazaluddin, 'a tenacious litigator with expertise in leasehold disputes' and solicitor Hannah Britz, who has experience with homelessness appeals.

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