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Josephine has been a housing specialist for more than 25 years. She has considerable experience in the field of homelessness and allocations with a particular interest in human rights, children, administrative and EC law. Josephine has experience dealing with complex discrimination cases and long leaseholder cases, anti-social behaviour, possession cases and housing conditions, including prosecutions. Josephine mainly represents social landlords and has appeared in a number of reported homelessness cases in the recent years.

Social housing, homelessness and allocations, local government taxation, welfare benefits, judicial review, anti-social behaviour, landlord, tenant, service charges, management orders and property tribunal.

[2019] EWHC 2276 (Admin) reported on Lawtel: [2019] 8 WLUK 278
Acted for the local authority in a judicial review challenge to Homelessness Reduction Act assessments, Huda v London Borough of Redbridge [2016] EWCA Civ 709 Court of Appeal successfully responding to appeal on issue of intentional homelessness and discharge of duty to the homeless, Ersus v London Borough of Redbridge [2016] EWHC 1025 High Court costs decision following settlement of appeal on suitability of accommodation offered to homeless family, R (on the application of Sarbpreet Daudhar) v Oxford City Council [2015] EWHC 1871 (Admin) Homelessness and children, R (on the application of Paul Nicolson) (Claimant) v Tottenham Magistrates (Defendant) & Haringey London Borough Council (Interested Party) [2015] EWHC 1252 (Admin)
Council tax costs, R (on the application of Leticia Mckenzie) v Waltham Forest London Borough Council [2009] EWHC 1097 (Admin) Homelessness and pregnant women, R(o/a Mangion) v London Borough of Lewisham [2008] EWCA Civ 1642 Social housing homelessness, administrative law, duty to give reasons, Mansfield District Council v Langridge [2008] EWCA Civ 264 Court of Appeal Landlord and tenant, security of tenure, distinction between licences and tenancies, Barrett v Southwark LBC [2008] EWHC 1568
Social housing, homelessness Lawtel AC0117804, R(o/a James Casey & ors) v Crawley BC & ODPM (interested party) [2006] EWHC 301 (Admin) judicial review, Gypsies and Travellers, eviction, inquiries, planning, human rights, Martin v UK (2003) ECHR Application No. 63608/00 Declared admissable on 27 March 2003. Privacy, covert surveillance by local authority in nuisance proceedings. Acted for applicant, Smith v Paul [2003] 1 All ER 509 Court of Appeal.Forfeiture, mortgages – pro-bono.R (o/a Reiner) v LSC, Claim No. 1600/02 Legal Action Nov 2002 Human rights, discrimination, access to legal aid for large family. Acted for applicant – claim resulted in change of legislation, R (o/a Ibrahim) v Redbridge LBC [2002] EWHC 2756.Social housing, allocations. Acted for local authority, Norwich CC v Stringer (2001) 33 HLR 15, CA, Local government, housing benefit, restitution, R v Southwark LBC, ex p. Campisi (1998) 31 HLR 560.Social housing, homelessness, R v Southwark LBC, ex p. Hughes (1998) 30 HLR 1082.Social housing, homelessness, Baxter v Camden LBC (No.1) (1997) 30 HLR 501.Subject/areas of law Social housing, landlord and tenant, noise nuisance, R v Southwark LBC, ex p. Bediako (1997) 30 HLR 22.Subject/areas of law Social housing, homelessness, asylum seeker.


Called 1990; Inner Temple; Arden Chambers; 5 Paper Buildings 2003. Publications of note: author ‘Children and Housing’ (Lemos & Crane Arden’s Housing Library, 2000) and ‘Rights to Buy and Acquire’ (Lemos & Crane Arden’s Housing Library, 1997); contributed the chapter on family law and human rights in Baker (ed) ‘The Human Rights Act 1998: A Practitioners Guide’ (Sweet & Maxwell); has produced online commentary for Lawtel on housing cases and written articles in the Journal of Housing Law.