Morayo Fagborun Bennett > Gatehouse Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Gatehouse Chambers
1 Lady Hale Gate, Gray’s Inn
WC1X 8BS
England

Position

Morayo is a specialist landlord and tenant and real property barrister, with a particular interest and experience as an advocate, in discrimination cases.

Her strong residential L&T practice derives from her background in social housing, local government and public law. Therefore, she is uniquely placed to handle complicated issues arising in mixed use property developments, whether involving the residential, commercial or social housing units.

A graduate in philosophy and theology from St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Morayo is a recommended Social Housing junior in the latest edition of Chambers UK and Legal 500. She is the author of Chapter 9 “Hoarders and Nuisance neighbours” in the online Lexis Nexis book Social Housing Law in Practice, a Consulting Editorial Board Member for Public Law and Local Government with Lexis PSL and a member of the Metropolitan Police legal services panel.

Morayo represented the commercial tenant in Sara & Hossein Asset Holdings Ltd v Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 1521 (construction of certification provision in commercial lease), Sara & Hossein Asset Holdings Ltd v Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 1263 (Ch) (19 May 2020) and Sara Hossein Asset Holding Ltd v Blacks Outdoor Retail Limited [2019] EWHC 3414 (Ch) (9 December 2019). Other cases of interest include Charalambous v Ng [2014] EWCA Civ 1604 (tenancy deposit schemes), Coope v Ward [2015] EWCA Civ 30 (easement of support and measured duty of care), and Farah v Hillingdon LBC [2014] EWCA Civ 359 (homelessness).

During the Coronavirus pandemic Morayo has provided useful updates and analysis for landlord and tenant and social housing practitioners, which is available here.

Morayo was appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the Northern Eastern Circuit and as a Chair of the Valuation Tribunal for England in 2020.

Memberships

  • BAME in Property
  • British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF)
  • Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
  • Discrimination Law Association (DLA)
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA)
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
  • Property Bar Association (PBA)
  • United Kingdom Association of Part Time Judges (UKAFPJ)
  • United Kingdom Association of Women Judges (UKAWJ)
  • Metropolitan Police legal service panel

Education

  • ADR ODR Accredited Mediator
  • BVC (Outstanding)
  • CPE (Commendation)
  • MA (Westminster) Crime, Human Rights and the International Community (Distinction)
  • MA (Oxon) Philosophy and Theology
  • Buchanan Prize 2004
  • IDS Brief Prize for Employment Law 2004
  • Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award 2004
  • Hardwicke Scholar 2003
  • Lord Bowen Scholar 2002

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Morayo Fagborun BennettGatehouse ChambersMorayo is extremely thorough, providing detailed and clearly presented pleadings and advice. She is a skilled and experienced advocate who is able to communicate well with lay clients.

With expertise spanning housing and commercial law, Gatehouse Chambers is frequently instructed by social housing providers for advice and representation in social housing and related matters. The ‘strong‘ team also represents individuals in cases relating to possession, disrepair and more. In Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association Limited v Rayon Newby, D’Angelo Thomas and Abdoulaye Toure, Morayo Fagborun Bennett managed to secure anti-social behaviour injunction orders, including exclusion orders, as well as committal orders for Poplar HARCA despite the lack of lay witnesses. For over seven years now, Peabody Housing Association continues to be represented by Laura Tweedy in Nelson v Peabody Housing Association, a claim against a landlord for £14 million in damages for disrepair.