Nick Billingham > Devonshires Solicitors LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Housing Management


Nick is a partner and head of the housing management department. Nick has over 25 years’ experience of advising registered providers and local authorities in relation to housing litigation in the County Court, High Court and the Appeal Courts. He also advises social landlords on a wide spectrum of housing-related issues including data protection, freedom of information, equality and diversity, and human rights as well as advising clients on policies and procedures and the impact of government housing policy, regulation and new legislation. Nick has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the social housing field by The Legal 500 directory, which describes him as having a having ‘a wealth of experience’. He has been involved in a number of high profile cases, including London & Quadrant v Weaver (2009); Riverside v White (2007); LB Lambeth v Kay (2006); Bruton v London & Quadrant Housing Trust (2000) and Newlon v Alsulaimen (1998).

Nick is a former board memeber of Colchester Borough Homes and one of the founding memebrs and chair of the Social Housing Law Association. He is also a board member of Journal Housing Law.


Qualified 1992; partner Devonshires 1998.




Nick is a former Board Member of Colchester Borough Homes. He is also a founding member and the current Chair of the Social Housing Law Association.


St Albans School; Bristol University.


Nick is a cyclist.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Devonshires Solicitors LLP fields ‘a wide range of experienced partners who can assist with matters that arise across the affordable housing and RP sectors‘. The team acts for a plethora of housing associations and registered providers on social housing issues and can and boasts ‘great strength in terms of areas of expertise and levels of experience‘. Andrew Cowan specialises in banking and governance work in the social housing sector. ‘FantasticDonna McCarthy heads the housing management and property litigation team and is particularly experienced in acting in public law, human rights, and Equality Act challenges, while Sharon Kirkham heads the property charging work. The cross-departmental team also features banking specialist Julian Barker, dispute resolution lawyer James Dunn, construction specialist Mark London as well as Triya Maicha, Neil Toner and Jonathan Corris, who head the real estate and projects team. The unit was further strengthened with the arrivals of Matthew Waters and Katie Fung. Former housing management and property head Nick Billingham retired in April 2022 but continues to support the team on a consultancy basis.