Jim Shepherd > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department


Jim is a member of the Housing and Social Welfare Team and specialises in housing law, administrative law and human rights.

He is a committed specialist in housing law who represents tenants and homelessness applicants who are in severe need. He has been in a number of well known housing cases including Robinson v Hammersmith and Fulham [2007] HLR and Wandsworth v Whibley [2008] EWCA Civ 1259. He has built up a very busy practice in all aspects of housing and homelessness work, including defending possession proceedings, judicial review, homelessness appeals, disrepair actions and unlawful evictions. He is also a trained mediator.

Jim regularly represents clients in the community care context and has a particular commitment to tackling the plight of young homeless people and those who suffer from mental health issues. He has a detailed knowledge of discrimination law and its interaction with housing and regularly runs Equality Act defences. Jim also does a range of property work. In 2013 he was appointed as Lawyer Chair of the Residential Property Tribunal in Wales.

Jim is a trained mediator,  please click here to view full mediation profile.

Jim frequently speaks on housing and related issues at conferences and training courses on topics including Equality and Human Rights, Homelessness, Succession rights and Service Charges. Recent speaking engagements included the annual conference on Housing Law at Bristol University at which he prested a paper on service charges . He has addressed a wide range of audiences for example in 2010 he conducted a workshop session on the housing rights of people suffering from Advanced Brain Injury.

Jim also regularly writes on housing and related subjects. He was Deputy General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice between 2005-2007. He co-wrote Housing Law Pleadings in Practice (2003, 2nd Ed). He has also written numerous articles on housing and community care issues for publications including Journal of Housing Law; Solicitors Journal, Inside Housing and Social Care and Neurodisability. He is currently writing and editing a book for housing practitioners published by Lexis Nexis.


Called 1998; Middle Temple. 


Housing Law Practitioners Association


Amnesty International

Fellow of the Institute of Housing


Bydales School; Newcastle Polytechnic (1984, 2:1); City University (1997, CPE, very competent); inns of Court School of Law (1998, Bar finals).



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Jim ShepherdDoughty Street ChambersA solid counsel. Very experienced and pragmatic. Good procedurally, is efficient and returns papers quickly.