The Housing Team

 

Our housing team has extensive experience and expertise in all areas of housing litigation and have a proud record of achieving outstanding results for our clients. We deal with cases at the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal and have conducted a number of leading cases in the field of housing law including:

County Courts

  • Edwards v London Borough of Haringey (County Court Possession Appeal) – Permission granted by a Circuit Judge to appeal against possession order made on notice to quit by joint tenant and effect of Hammersmith v Monk. Appeal dismissed due to client’s failure to comply with unless order.
  • Duah v Haringey (S204 Housing Act Appeal) – Successful appeal against suitability and reasonableness to accept a final offer under s193 (7F) and therefore discharge of duty on grounds of change of circumstances between decision and review.
  • Bernie v Haringey (s204 Housing Act Appeal) – Permission to appeal 8 days out of time in Homelessness Appeal.

Administrative Court (Judicial Review)

  • R (Royful Begum) v London Borough of Newham [2013] – Challenge to removal from Allocation Scheme. Settled after grant of permission.
  • R (Tout a Tout and Heff) v Haringey LBC [2012] EWHC 873 (Admin), 3 April 2012 – Represented both Claimants in challenges to Haringey’s auto-bidding allocation system. http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2012/873.html
  • Re (S) v A Local Authority (unreported) [2011] – Judicial Review of refusal to consider extending accommodation to a person found homeless intentionally, Injunctive relief granted. Judicial review re discharge of duty/ refusal to accept review out of time- meaning of exceptional circumstances- permission granted, settled and contested costs awarded to Claimant. Reporting restriction due to position of C on Witness relocation programme.
  • R (Briscoe) v Haringey LBC [2010] – Challenge to interpretation of Allocation Scheme. Settled after permission in week before trial on clear position emerging in new allocations policy.

Court of Appeal

  • Bernie v Haringey [2013] EWCA Civ 1011 – Permission refused on second appeal re scope of appeal under s 204 despite arguable case on jurisdiction as would not have altered decision (2013) Journal of Legal Action Group (October) p 35
  • Ikpowonba v Haringey LBC [2011] EWCA Civ 1302, – Second Appeal to court of appeal in a s204 challenge to discharge of duty (2012) Journal of Legal Action Group (January) p 22
  • Simms v London Borough of Islington [2008] EWCA Civ 1083 Second appeal dismissed that the appellant was not falling within the priority for housing assistance. http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2008/1083.html
  • North British Housing Association v Matthews [2004] EWCA Civ 1736 We acted in the connected appeal London and Quadrant
  • Housing Limited v Lee Morgan at the Court of Appeal, whether the Court has discretion to adjourn the claim for possession issued under mandatory ground 8. http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2004/1736.html