Laura Tweedy > Gatehouse Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Laura is a very experienced and sought-after barrister who specialises in residential and commercial landlord and tenant and property litigation, as well as in social housing.   She is recommended for real estate litigation and social housing in Chambers & Prs and Legal 500.

She is described as always looking for “solutions rather than problems” and “taking a pragmatic, commercially minded approach to matters”.  It is also noted that she is “compelling and persuasive” in court and has a “steely determination to fight her client’s corner”.  She is also known for being “incredibly impressive on the client care front”.

Laura’s landlord and tenant litigation practice is extensive including issues regarding notices, long leasehold, service charge and management disputes, dilapidations, 1954 Act claims, forfeiture, rent reviews and pub work. Her practice encompasses all aspects of real estate litigation including TOLATA claims, rights to light, rights of way, easements and covenants, trespass and nuisance, adverse possession and neighbour disputes.

Laura has particular expertise in dealing with complicated residential and commercial possession matters. She also has cross-over experience dealing with property related offences including HMO licensing and rent repayment orders in the Magistrates Court and FTT.

She is regarded as a leading junior for social housing work. She frequently acts for housing associations and local authorities in relation to all aspects of housing law from ASBIs, possessions, trials and applications, to bigger policy decisions and strategic advice. Her related property expertise sees her instructed in important cases where property law and social housing law overlap.

Laura is a first-rate accredited mediator and can be instructed in that role. Additionally, her experience and insight as a mediator means she is an excellent choice as counsel in mediation.

She is regularly instructed in the High Court, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), FTT Property Chamber and County Court and also appears  in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.

Career

Qualified 2007, Lincoln’s Inn; specialised in housing and property since pupillage; joined Gatehouse Chambers 2008. Taught EU law at Durham University; provides regular seminars to clients.

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association (Committee Member)
  • Social Housing Law Association
  • Association of Women Barristers
  • Women in Property

Education

  • BA Hons (University of Durham, St Mary’s College)
  • Master of Jurisprudence (University of Durham, Ustinov College)
  • Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) (BPP, Leeds)
  • ADR ODR Accredited Mediator

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Laura TweedyGatehouse ChambersLaura is totally committed to her clients and fights her cases robustly. She is particularly thorough in her work and considers matters from every angle. 

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Laura TweedyGatehouse ChambersLaura is incredibly helpful, often going above and beyond.

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. Laura Tweedy represented Peabody Housing Association in Nelson v Peabody Housing Association, a long-running claim against a landlord for £14 million in damages for disrepair.