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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Dominic Preston is a public law lawyer specialising in housing, community care and Court of Protection work.

His housing practice is centred on homelessness, allocations and disputes concerning residential premises, whether rented or leasehold and it necessarily strays into immigration law, community care and child care law, EU law, discrimination law, and human rights law.  His Court of Protection work specialises in the cross-over between mental capacity and housing, with a particular expertise in hoarder cases and the related deprivation of liberty issues that arise.  His community care work centres on obtaining accommodation and assistance under the Care Act 2014.  He appears regularly in the lower courts, the High Court and the appellate courts.

Dominic is recognised as a leading junior in social housing by Chambers and Partners which recommends him as “a fearless fighter, not afraid of tackling a contentious case.” “He is a straight opponent, capable of being robust in the interest of the vulnerable client“(2015), “always accessible, appropriate and effective” (2014), “thorough, thoughtful and reliable,”  a “really good opponent to have” (2013), known “for his technical ability and excellent judgment, as well as his straightforward and easy manner” (2012) and “… his sharp mind and impressive workload were both highlighted by peers …” (2011).  He is also listed in Legal 500

Dominic’s commitment to the need to secure housing for the most vulnerable is reflected in his practice and he has been on the executive of the Housing Law Practitioner’s Association since 2004.  He is the deputy team leader of Doughty Street’s Housing and Social Welfare Team.


Called 1995; Inner Temple. Publications of note: author of the Harassment and Anti-social Behaviour title of Atkin’s Court Forms (2nd Ed.), Vol. 21 (2010 issue); co-author of the Housing title of Atkin’s Court Forms (2nd Ed.), Vol. 21 (2010 issue).


Housing Law Practitioners Association; Administrative Bar Law Association.


BA Hons, Medieval and modern history; diploma at law (CPE); Bar Vocational Course).


Sailing, coaching rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Dominic PrestonDoughty Street ChambersVery thorough in preparation of cases and advising. Pragmatic and will give unpalatable advice where needed. Very knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of housing law and my go-to person for unusual cases.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Dominic PrestonDoughty Street ChambersIs a fearless advocate who will work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome on a case. He is quick on his feet and delivers submissions in a succinct and persuasive manner.