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Stephen Reeder

Work 020 7404 1313
Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)


Stephen specialises in the allied fields of public and administrative law, Court of Protection (capacity, property & financial affairs, welfare & best interests), housing and social welfare, community care. Extensive advisory experience in these areas of law. Experienced representative before the Administrative Court, High Court, Court of Protection, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Convention rights practice concentrates on socio-economic rights and Articles 5 (deprivation of liberty) 6 (fair determination), and 8 (home & family), together with First Protocol property rights. Known as the ‘go to’ barrister for housing cases where capacity and mental health are issues and/or where Article 8 defences are relevant to claims for possession. Regularly accepts instructions from families, local authorities the Official Solicitor and interested parties in relation to children and adult protected parties. He has particular expertise in older client work including capacity and dementia. Busy practice as a mediator as a member of Doughty Street Chambers and as an assessor for the Centre for Justice ( which consists of 16 of the leading dispute resolution specialists in the UK. In the Bar Council List of Mediators since its inception. One of the few mediators with extensive experience of mediating public law disputes. Recent mediation work has included: Welfare best interests issue disputes arising from Court of Protection proceedings; property and affairs disputes arising from Court of Protection proceedings; disputes arising in Judicial Review or private law proceedings relating to homelessness, social housing allocation, community care provision, mental health aftercare, Children Act assistance, and National Assistance Act provision; care home cost disputes involving care providers, commissioners, funders and service users; domiciliary care service and cost disputes involving care providers, commissioners, funders and service users; multi-party social housing regeneration schemes; large-scale programmes for the displacement of residential occupiers; anti social behaviour and nuisance disputes. Experienced broadcaster and lecturer including Legal Network Television, Centrepoint, Shelter, HLPA, local authorities, registered providers, Crown Estates, West London Housing Partnership, Devon Homelessness Managers Group, CLT Training & Chartered Institute of Housing.


Called 1991; Middle Temple; mediator since 1998 (ADR Europe & CEDR trained); part-time judicial appointment (Eastern Circuit) since 2006. Publications of note: Human rights editor of ‘Tottel’s Older Client Law Service’. Co-author of Volume 21 (‘Housing’) of ‘Atkins’ for Lexis Nexis. Contributing author to ‘Supperstone Goudie & Walker on Judicial Review’ (Public Law Remedies chapters). Contributing author to the ‘New Law Journal’. Contributing author to ‘Butterworths Human Rights Online’ service.


Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA); Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA).


The Thomas Sumpter School; John Leggot College, South Bank (1987 LLB (Hons)).


Large books, long drinks, electric guitars.

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Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Stephen Reeder - Doughty Street ChambersHe is skilled in mental health issues.

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