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Jim Shepherd

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Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)


Jim’s notable recent cases include the following: Wandsworth LBC v Whibley [2008] EWCA Civ 1259, in which the Court of Appeal provided guidance as to the circumstances in which a hearing is required before a date for possession can be fixed. Jim was led by Robert Latham and was successful in representing a client who was accused amongst other things of cultivating cannabis in his flat; Dove v Kingston CO/1024/2009, in which Jim was successful in obtaining relief requiring the local authority to provide accommodation for a vulnerable teenager; Abuah v Croydon CO/4806/2008 in which Jim represented a client with serious mental health issues. He was successful in obtaining permission to bring judicial review and interim relief where the authority had refused to re-consider their adverse homelessness decision notwithstanding the fact that there was compelling fresh medical evidence; Avery v Royal Borough of Kingston CO/1750/2008 in which Jim was instructed by Kingston and Richmond Law Centre and the Official Solicitor in representing a homeless man who had mental health problems and was seeking accommodation from Kingston (he was sleeping in a tent in Richmond park during a period of severely cold weather); London and Quadrant v Gborie July 2009, Legal Action 33, in which Jim was successful in arguing that the execution of the warrant was oppressive; LB Hammersmith and Fulham v Pill, September 2010, Legal Action 36, in which Jim was successful again in arguing that the execution of the warrant was oppressive. The appeal brought by the authority was dismissed. Previous cases include: Robinson v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC [2006] EWCA Civ 1122; [2007] HLR 7 – a landmark homelessness case in which Jim represented the successful Appellant, Akilah Robinson. Amongst other things the case looked at deliberate delay in decision making, the rights of 16 and 17 year olds under the Housing Act 1996, the use of mediation and conciliation by local authorities in seeking to resolve homelessness and the duties of the local authority reviewing officer; R (Slaiman) v Richmond-upon-Thames LBC [2006] EWHC 329 (Admin); [2006] HLR 20 – a challenge to the lawfulness of a decision by the council refusing to carry out a homelessness review out of time pursuant to Housing Act 1996, s.202 (3). This was only the second reported decision on the use of this discretion.


Called 1998; Middle Temple. Jim is a member of the Housing and Social Welfare team at Doughty Street Chambers. He specialises in housing law, administrative law and human rights. He represents tenants and homelessness applicants who are in severe need. He has built up a busy practice in all aspects of housing and homelessness work, including judicial review, defending possession proceedings, homelessness appeals, disrepair actions and unlawful evictions. He deals with human rights and discrimination issues regularly. Jim previously worked for 14 years in housing management for various different local authorities and housing association in London. Jim has a particular interest in youth homelessness and works with front line legal bodies such as Shelter who have a specialised team in this area. He is also extremely interested in helping tenants and applicants with mental health issues. He is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor in cases when tenants or homeless applicants lack capacity. He has produced and conducted a seminar on the housing and premises provisions in the Equality Act 2010. In conjunction with Robert Latham he has written the housing and premises chapter of a forthcoming practitioner’s book on discrimination. Publications of note: deputy general editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice between 2005-2007; co-author Housing Law Pleadings in Practice (2003, 2nd Ed), Sweet and Maxwell; currently writing the Housing and Premises chapter for a forthcoming Equality and Discrimination Law publication (with Robert Latham); co -author with Dominic Preston of the Solicitors Journal quarterly Housing Law Update 2005-2007; also written articles on housing issues for journals including the Journal of Housing Law and Solicitors Journal.


HLPA ; fellow of the Chartered 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).



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