Ms Jane Talbot > Chambers of Elizabeth Isaacs KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elizabeth Isaacs KC
St Ives Chambers
1-3 WHITTALL STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6DH
England

Work Department

Jane Talbot (formerly Plant) has specialised in Landlord and Tenant law since qualification, acting for Local Authorities, Private Registered Providers, private landlords and tenants.

Position

Jane has a high profile for Housing work and has been at the forefront of emerging legislation by virtue of her position as member and later, Chair of the Law Society’s Housing Committee (a role held from 2008-2017). In this role, Jane gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on the implications of the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and has also given evidence to the Welsh Government on the Renting Homes proposals.

Jane regularly authors legal updates. To see the full list visit her profile at www.stiveschambers.co.uk

Career

Year of Call: 2016

Housing Law

Jane Talbot has specialised in Landlord and Tenant law since qualification, acting for Local Authorities, Private Registered Providers, private landlords and tenants. Jane has a high profile for such work and has been at the forefront of emerging legislation by virtue of her position as member and later, Chair of the Law Society’s Housing Committee (a role held from 2008-2017). In this role, Jane gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on the implications of the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and has also given evidence to the Welsh Government on the Renting Homes proposals.

Jane regularly acts in relation to complex possession, injunction (adults and youths), disrepair, fitness for human habitation, discrimination challenges, unlawful eviction, succession as well as providing advice, reviewing policies and procedures and drafting occupation agreements. Jane also regularly provides training on property issues to solicitors and housing providers.

Jane has a particularly interest in cases involving capacity issues, hoarding, allegations of discrimination, breach of Equality Act and Public Law challenges. Jane lead on the Court of Appeal case of Knowsley Housing Trust v McMullen (2004) and sat on an advisory panel drafting the guidance to accompany the Equality Act 2010 for the housing sector. Jane has been involved in several cases in the Court of Protection where best interests decisions have been made in relation to a tenant’s occupation of rented accommodation and has knowledge of the Local Authority duties under the Care Act 2014 in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults.

Jane has written numerous articles on landlord and tenant issues in publications such as Inside Housing and the Guardian. Jane also speaks at both regional and national events.

Jane also accepts instructions in commercial property, boundary disputes, right to light, nuisance and easements.

Notable Cases

Mohamed Abdulrahman v Circle 33 Housing Trust Ltd (2017) CA (Civ Div)

Business and Property

Jane Talbot has substantial experience in property litigation disputes including boundary disputes, trespass, adverse possession, forfeiture and trusts of land. Jane regularly appears in the county court obtaining possession of licensed premises and in the property tribunal with regard to highly complex boundary disputes. She also provides written advice on such issues. Jane is also regularly instructed to appear in the high Court to obtain possession orders of commercial land where trespassers are present. This involves urgent applications and Jane is praised for her efficient, client focused approach.

An example instruction was defending an injunction claim in the High Court for failure to insure a commercial building with sitting sub-tenants: MONOPRO LTD v (1) CENTRAL HALL DEVELOPMENTS LTD (2) JAGTAR SINGH (2017) [2017] EWHC 1509 (TCC) QBD.

Jane is highly regarded for her property litigation work and always goes “the extra mile” for clients. Chambers 2018 notes a client endorsement “When we instruct her I always sleep much sounder knowing that she’s on board to fight our corner. No problem I’ve approached her with has been too tricky”.

Recommendations

Chambers &Partners 2022: “Jane is a top-rate advocate, and she is very thorough and very passionate about achieving results.”

Legal 500 2022: “Jane is a pleasure to work with. She manages complex matters with ease and has a reassuring and calm manner which is a real pro.”

Chambers and Partners 2021: “She is very thorough, extremely personable, excellent with clients, very good on her feet and a very safe set of hands. She is very good technically and puts a lot of effort into research.”

Legal 500 2021: “Considers the practicalities of a case as well as its legal elements, and understands the issues from a solicitor’s perspective as well.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: “A gifted barrister with great talent not only on her feet but also with her friendly and reassuring approach with clients.” “Very thorough and willing to go the extra mile.”

Legal 500 2019: “A very good advocate with great attention to detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “She has a wealth of experience and is a very capable advocate.” “Very professional and helpful.”

Legal 500 2018: “‘A strong and approachable advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2018: “She is an absolute star and has seamlessly made the transition from solicitor to the Bar. She really knows her stuff, housing-wise. When we instruct her I always sleep much sounder knowing that she’s on board to fight our corner. No problem I’ve approached her with has been too tricky.”

Legal 500 2017: “She has an excellent rapport with clients.”

Languages

English

Education

Birmingham University LLB (Hons) Law

De Montfort University – LPC

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Jane TalbotSt Ives Chambers ‘Jane is a well-rounded barrister who can consider the issues from both the perspective of a solicitor and a barrister and that places her in an excellent position of understanding.’