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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Sarah Steinhardt specialises in housing & social welfare, community care, discrimination, and in related public law. She has particular expertise in cases involving mental health and learning disabilities, and she is frequently instructed on behalf of the Official Solicitor.

Sarah is particularly noted for her expertise in discrimination in housing and other discrimination outside of the employment field, and she enjoys working proactively and imaginatively to achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable clients. She is astute to public funding issues and costs and always happy to discuss possible strategies at an early stage.


Housing Law Practitioners Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Haldane Society


BVC (Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple), BPP (2008)
LLM Human Rights (First Class, First in Year), London (2007)
GDL, BPP (2006)
BA (Hons) History of Art & Fine Art, London (2002)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah SteinhardtDoughty Street ChambersHer vast knowledge and very sharp thinking gives her a facility with novel and complex arguments that is often staggering to see.

Doughty Street Chambers offers a ‘fantastic range of barristers‘ that represent predominantly individual applicants, such as tenants and individuals facing homelessness. Due to the teams overlap of work with community care, administrative law and Court of Protection, the set has a noted specialism in regard to cases involving vulnerable clients with physical or mental health issues as well as acting for asylum seekers. Martin Westgate QC , ‘one of the foremost leading figures in social welfare and public law‘, lead Sarah Steinhardt on R (Imam) v LB Croydon, a mandatory relief claim now pending before the Court of Appeal regarding the homeless status of a disabled person in an allegedly inappropriate property. Zia Nabi appeared before the Court of Appeal in 2020 in Trecarrell House Ltd v Rouncefield, which clarified that the failure to provide a gas safety certificate prior to a tenants occupation does not prevent a landlord serving a s.21 notice. Jamie Burton QC took silk in 2021.