Residential and Commercial Landlord & Tenant
Robert regularly acts for and advises private landlords and tenants. He has acted in complex forfeiture cases. He has also advised and represented both landlords and tenants in relation to business tenancies.
He has appeared in the FTT(PC), UT (LC) and LVT in cases concerning enfranchisement, the right to manage, service charges, consultation requirements, variation of leases and the appointment of a manager. He also regularly advises on these matters and other leasehold issues, such as the application of the Leasehold Property (Repairs Act) 1938, and provides training on a wide range of similar topics.He has recently been involved in a case raising issues of unjust enrichment, good faith change of position, and limitation in relation to leasehold matters
Robert has experience of a wide range of property law matters, including adverse possession, boundary disputes, mortgages, orders for sale, trusts of land, easements, and inheritance disputes.
Recent cases that he has been involved in have concerned issues such as parking easements, right to light, the interpretation and enforceability of restrictive covenants, bridging loans, trespass, as well as related matters concerning company law, agency, and estoppel by convention.
Robert advises and acts on behalf of both landlords and tenants on all aspects of housing law, including possession claims, injunctions to restrain anti-social behaviour, disrepair, harassment, unlawful eviction and homelessness. He has gained particular experience of the preparation and trial of possession claims.
Robert is familiar with all aspects of homelessness law, having represented both appellants and authorities on Housing Act 1996, s.204 appeals, as well as acting in judicial review claims He recently represented the respondent authority in Piper v South Bucks DC  EWCA Civ 1616 and was junior counsel (led by Andrew Arden QC) in Haile v Waltham Forest LBC  UKSC 34;  AC 1471;  HLR 24. He has provided training and advice on the implantation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. He was seconded to the legal team of a London local authority to assist with homelessness litigation for several years. He has also acted in allocations cases, such as R (Alansi) v Newham LBC  EWCA Civ 786.
Robert was instructed as second junior counsel by one of the respondent local authorities in Hounslow LBC v Powell  UKSC 8;  2 AC 186;  HLR 23. He was also involved as a pupil in researching and preparing for the important housing and human rights cases of Salford CC v Mullen  EWCA Civ 336;  HLR 35; Wilson v Harrow LBC  EWHC 1574 (QB) and Manchester CC v Pinnock  UKSC 45;  2 AC 104;  HLR 7.
He has acted for landlords and defendants in possession proceedings, applications for injunctions and committal applications. He has also been seconded to a local authority legal department as in-house counsel for anti-social behaviour cases.
Robert has provided training on powers available to local authorities to deal with social housing fraud. He has also represented local authorities and housing associations in cases of alleged housing fraud. He also has experience of issues with tenancy deposits and licensing schemes
Robert’s housing practice often involves community care issues. He has advised and acted in judicial review cases on duties under Children Act 1989.
Robert lectures and provides training on a range of housing issues. He is an editor of the Housing Law Reports, a co-author of Quiet Enjoyment: Protection from Rogue Landlords, 8th edition (LAG, 2017) and a co-author of Arden & Partington on Housing Law (Sweet & Maxwell).
Robert has been involved in a number of important public law cases, including Ali v Birmingham CC  UKSC 8;  2 AC 39;  HLR 22; Manchester CC v Pinnock  UKSC 45;  2 AC 104;  HLR 7; Hounslow LBC v Powell  UKSC 8;  2 AC 186;  HLR 23; R (Greenwich Community Law Centre) v Greenwich LBC  EWCA Civ 496; Haile v Waltham Forest LBC  UKSC 34;  AC 1471;  HLR 24.
He has also worked on a complex procurement dispute and advised in relation to state aid.
He has lectured on judicial review and the Equality Act 2010 and is a co-author of Judicial Review Proceedings: A Practitioner’s Guide, 3rd edition (LAG, 2013).
Robert has acted for and advised local authorities in cases involving a wide range of issues, including procurement, state aid, data protection, freedom of information, and constitutional arrangements.
Robert accepts instructions on a Public Access basis in appropriate cases.