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BLM

CASTLE CHAMBERS, 43 CASTLE STREET, LIVERPOOL, L2 9SU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0151 236 2002
Fax:
Fax 0151 236 2585
DX:
14159 LIVERPOOL-1
Web:
www.blmlaw.com

Matthew Hyam

Tel:
Work 0151 471 5459
Email:
BLM

Work Department

Housing litigation, casualty, fraud.

Position

Specialises in employers’ liability and public liability claims with an emphasis on acting for public sector clients, particularly registered providers of social housing. Also has many years’ experience working for social landlords directly dealing with cases connected with the exercise of their housing management function. Has particular expertise in dealing with complex possession and injunction proceedings involving anti social behaviour. This work often involves dealing with human rights and public law challenges, and managing cases involving individuals with mental health and/or capacity issues. Represented a local authority in a successful High Court appeal relating to the construction of their Housing Act 1996 s128 notice (Wolverhampton City Council v Helen Shuttleworth [2012]). Although acting on behalf of the local authority, instructions were via BLM client Wolverhampton Homes, the arm’s length managing agent (ALMO) for the councils housing stock. Provides internal and external training for clients on areas of expertise.

Career

Trained BLM; qualified 2009; partner 2014.

Member

FOIL.

Education

St Cuthbert’s RC High School, Newcastle upon Tyne; Liverpool John Moore’s University (2004 LLB 2.1).

Leisure

Football and golf.


North West: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

The ‘professional’ team at BLM ‘responds quickly’ and represents social landlords in housing management and litigation and is particularly noted for its experience in tackling anti-social behaviour. Cases involving disrepair and housing fraud are also key strengths, and the team is increasingly acting on complex development projects and funding. The ‘knowledgeable’ Matthew Hyam heads the housing management and litigation team and acted for The Riverside Group on a possession case; defended Clarion Housing Group on a case involving allegations of disrepair, breach of human rights, personal injury, disability and racial discrimination; and was instructed by Wolverhampton Homes on a closure order following a referral from social services in relation to the exploitation of a vulnerable tenant. Halton Housing Trust and Sanctuary Housing Association are also clients. The arrival of Stephen Lintott and a team from Slater and Gordon, has enhanced the firm’s ability to handle property transactions and development projects.

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