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42 Bedford Row
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


  • Junior Counsel to the Crown, Regional Panel (2010)
  • Regular multi-day trials in the Employment Tribunal, the County Court and the High Court
  • Appeals to the High Court, the EAT and 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 has the ability to put clients at ease and is extremely approachable, and in contrast, fierce in cross-examination. Iris is very knowledgeable, eminently practical.

42 Bedford Row‘s ‘employment team is very strong, with a wide range of counsel to suit any type of case and budget‘. The set’s clients include major employers, small businesses and large public and private sector organisations, as well as employees at all levels. Practicing exclusively in employment law, the set’s employment group head Jude Shepherd successfully defended the Health and Care Professions Council against allegations of discrimination during professional conduct proceedings, by failing to make reasonable adjustments for the claimant’s disability; and Iris Ferber recently acted for the respondent in McCarthy v Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, a sensitive disability discrimination claim that involved allegations of failure to make reasonable adjustments for the claimant, who suffered from complex PTSD and wanted to work from home.

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Iris Ferber42 Bedford RowIris has obvious intellectual ability and is well ahead of her peers. Firm, yet friendly, and a strategic thinker – a leader at the housing Bar and beyond.

42 Bedford Row offers advice to individuals, such as tenants and leaseholders, as well as local and public authorities, housing associations, registered landlords, banks and developers on the full spectrum of social housing law. The set has a particular niche area of expertise for matters at the intersection of housing and family issues, as well as serious anti-social behaviour. Iris Ferber is currently acting in Primesight Developments v Majestic Court Management Company which concerns the question in landlord and tenant law whether a default judgment for service charge arrears amounts to a “final determination” under s81 Housing Act 1996, entitling a landlord to forfeit the lease. Desmond Kilcoyne successfully acted for the local authority in Lambeth v Gniewosz concerning the roofing materials used for a re-development. Mathew McDermott frequently acts in judicial reviews with a focus on those relating to local authorities’ duties to the homeless.