Miss Iris Ferber > 42 Bedford Row > London, England > Lawyer Profile

42 Bedford Row

Work Department

Employment Team, Property and Commercial Team, Housing Team


Specialist in all aspects of employment law and in property law, especially social housing


Practice Area: Employment

Iris is an Employment specialist, who represents both claimants and respondents.  In the Employment Tribunal, she is particularly sought after in large claims involving many allegations and many different heads of claim; as well as claims involving the handling of vulnerable witnesses.  She appears regularly in employment appeals.

Iris also advises on restrictive covenants and other contractual issues that arise from the employment relationship.

Practice Area: Social Housing

Iris has been a Housing specialist for over 16 years.

She has long experience in dealing with complex anti-social behaviour cases, including those involving mental health issues, on behalf of both landlords and tenants. She is particularly good at dealing with vulnerable clients and witnesses, and managing the complex legal arguments involved in Equality Act and Human Rights cases. Her expertise in discrimination law generally (including her Employment Law practice) makes her particularly adept at handling Equality Act defences. Iris has extensive experience of homelessness litigation, including s204 appeals in the County Court, judicial review in the High Court, and appeals to the Court of Appeal.


Hebrew, Russian


  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Social Housing Law Association


MPhil (Cantab) 2002

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Iris Ferber42 Bedford RowIris is cool calm and collected. No matter what the hearing or trial throws up, she is always in control and her technical knowledge means nothing throws her. Her examination technique is one of the best around – articulate and precise. She doesn’t bully or harass the witnesses, but rather leads them along a path; and without them realising, she has managed to extract the evidence she needed. A real skill!

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Iris Ferber42 Bedford RowShe is experienced and knowledgeable, helpful and thorough. Iris is always well-prepared for hearings and is a wonderful advocate.

42 Bedford Row‘s social housing team provides a ‘fantastic service’ and has ‘good availability with a range of counsel of different call’. Members act for individuals, such as tenants and landlords, as well as local and public authorities and housing associations in work. In a recent matter, Iris Ferber successfully acted for the council in Southend-on-Sea Borough Council v Shaw, a case concerning the defendants’ breach of anti-social behaviour injunctions to return to their house allegedly to care for 200 guinea pigs; the committal sanction of “asset seizure” was deployed by the court to order the seizure and rehoming of the guinea pigs, which had been subject to severe abuse by the defendants. In another matter, Mathew McDermott acted for the local athority in Allen v Ealing LBC, a case concerning the service of notices of intended prosecutions against local authorities.