John Hobson > Doughty Street Chambers > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
3 Hardman Square
M3 3EB

Work Department


John specialises in Housing Law, Inquests and Administrative & Public Law. Recommended for Social Housing (Northern) in Chambers & Partners 2012-2019.

John is a Manchester-based practitioner who regularly undertakes work nationwide.

John is instructed across all aspects of housing law, including possession proceedings, homelessness appeals, public law challenges under the Housing Act 1996 (including interim relief), unlawful eviction, succession claims, injunctions/committals, disrepair, tenancy deposits and matters under the Mobile Homes Act 1983. 

With regards to inquest law, John sits as an Assistant Coroner alongside his busy practice. He has long practised in the inquest/coronial system, with extensive experience of representing the families of those who have died in prison or police custody and those affected by unlawful killing.

He regularly acts for other interested parties such as care homes as well local authorities with safeguarding duties in the care sector, by representation at inquests and in an advisory capacity. He is familiar with the specific challenges faced by persons within the care sector who may be navigating the coronial process, from questions as to the scope and reach of Article 2, the provision of statements and attendance at pre-inquest and final hearings.

John is licenced under the Direct Access Scheme and can accept instructions directly in appropriate cases across all aspects of his practice.


Called 1999; Lincoln’s Inn. Pupillage: Renaissance Chambers & Mitre House Chambers (2001-02).


Housing Law Practitioners Association

Coroners’ Society

Bar Human Rights Committee

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights

Haldane Society


Upton High School, Chester; University of Sheffield (1989, BA Hons, economics); London School of economics and Political Science (1992, MSc (Econ)).


Swimming, running, cinema, theatre.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

John HobsonDoughty Street Chambers