Housing, property and local government law are all closely related. We believe it is highly advantageous for you to instruct a barrister with specialist knowledge and level of understanding in these areas.
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Our members specialise in all aspects of housing, local government & property law
Building on our sector focus, we have developed considerable expertise that proves invaluable in the successful representation of our clients, from day-to-day matters to the most important cases. Our experience covers the resolution of issues whether in courts and tribunals or by alternative dispute resolution.
Our specialist approach to practice consists not merely of having more detailed knowledge and experience than a non-specialist, but
- being able to bring to bear the whole of the relevant law to any given case
- having access to the most up-to-date developments and legal approaches and ideas, through practice, legal writing and our team of academics developing the law in our specialist areas
- seeking to explain and increase awareness of the law, e.g. through our publications, articles, seminars and training, and our free “eflash” service
- making our expertise available to anyone who wants or needs it, rather than just to authorities/landlords, or alternatively just tenants.
Whilst we know that some people choose to work with chambers that focus on one side or another, our experience of acting for both sides tells us that this unique approach enables us to be most effective in:
- minimising the prospects of litigation, and
- anticipating (and preparing for) the different ways an opponent’s case may develop
- advancing the development of the law in our specialist areas.
We believe that this approach sets us apart and provides you with a genuinely rounded service.
It also enables us to differentiate between routine cases requiring pragmatic legal advice and representation, and those that are more complex and require input at a higher level. This is reflected in our flexible approach to fees, where we can frequently offer fixed rates for the more straightforward, bulk work.
In addition to traditional legal services, we have developed a range of further services for our clients including secondments, panel arrangements, training (see below) and our online advice service, housinglawdirect.
We have a strong academic element to our membership including Professor Martin Partington CBE QC (Hon) a former Law Commissioner, Professor David Cowan, Professor Ian Loveland, and Caroline Hunter (Senior Lecturer). The President of the Residential Property Tribunal Service, Siobhan McGrath, formerly in practice from Chambers, remains a door tenant.
We write extensively on our specialist areas and regularly publish eflashes on recent legal developments. We run regular seminar programmes for clients and we offer bespoke in-house training. Many of our members speak at external housing and local government conferences.
Our team of clerks, led by Mike Alexander, provides an integral part of our service, and is committed to assisting our clients as comprehensively as possible, keeping them up to date on the progress of their case, monitoring the turn-around of papers, and liaising with the courts.