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Doughty Street Chambers

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Doughty Street Chambers, Lindsay Johnson, London, ENGLAND

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Lindsay Johnson

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Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)

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Housing, property and community care.


Lindsay specialises in public law, with an emphasis on housing, community care, child care law, education and local government. Within that framework, Lindsay’s practice incorporates elements of immigration law, EU law, discrimination law, and human rights law. He appears at all levels of the judiciary and is regulary instructed on urgent cases. His clients include homeless persons, local authorities, those subject to immigration control, children and private clients. His recent cases reflect the diversity of his practice: R (Gallagher) v Basildon BC [2010] EWHC 2824 (Admin), concerned the enforcement of decisions of the local government ombudsman; Gibbons v Bury MBC [2010] EWCA Civ 327, a case on the procedure to be following in homelessness cases, as was R (Savage) v Hillingdon LBC [2009] EWHC 88 (Admin); R (Osei) v Hillingdon LBC concerned a challenge to an allocation scheme, whereas R (H) v Essex CC [2009] EWHC 353 (Admin) concerned the rights of a disabled child to health services. Lindsay has also written broadly on housing and local government issues.


Called 1995; Inner Temple. Publications of note: co-author Local Government Constitutional and Administrative Law (2nd ed., Sweet & Maxwell, 2008); co-author Homelessness & Allocations (6th ed., Sweet & Maxwell, 2007); contributor Judicial Review, A Practitioners’ Guide (2nd ed., LAG, 2004), Supperstone on Judicial Review; co-editor of the local government volume of Halsbury’s Laws of England and the local government and housing aspects of Jowitts Dictionary of English Law; deputy general editor of the Housing Encyclopaedia (2000-2009); editor of the Local Government Encyclopaedia and the Housing Law Reports. (2000 – 2009).


Housing Law Practitioners Association; Administrative Bar Law Association.


BSc Hons, government and law, 2:1; Kings College London (MA, European law, distinction); University of Nottingham (MPhil, European law); BVC.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing – Leading juniors

Lindsay Johnson - Doughty Street ChambersPerhaps one of the most creative barristers at the housing Bar.

Within: Social housing

Committed to fighting for the underdog’, Doughty Street Chambers is ‘a set of fantastic lawyers’, which ‘is known for going the extra mile’ for its tenant-side clients. The set has ‘a number of distinguished barristers’, including Martin Westgate QC, who has particular expertise in bedroom tax cases, and was involved in a Supreme Court case regarding a conflict between decisions at the Supreme Court and Strasbourg concerning whether Article 6 of the ECHR applies to homelessness decisions. Further, Lindsay Johnson represents a number of survivors at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

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