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4-5 Gray's Inn Square

Social Housing

9 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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4-5 Gray's Inn Square is home to a highly regarded bench of experienced practitioners acting on an exceptionally wide range of housing matters. Members represent clients in possession proceedings, homelessness appeals and housing benefit disputes, among other complex cases. One source says: "The barristers are very knowledgeable in their respective areas of housing and homelessness legislation. They are approachable, friendly and very professional."

Client service:

Emily Martin is the senior clerk. "I always find that the clerks will go out of their way to help me and I have therefore built confidence and trust with these chambers." "The clerks provide a very good and responsive service."

Strengths:

Andrew Dymond
Andrew Dymond is considered an extremely powerful practitioner in technically complex cases. His written advice wins particular praise, as does his insight into matters concerning proposed housing schemes and statutory compliance. He also authors and edits key housing law commentary. In court, he impresses as being both authoritative and an honourable opponent.
"He is excellent on technical and complex issues." "He is very hard-working and genuinely nice to work with." "Everyone says he is the cleverest man you'd ever speak to."
Recent work: Represented Leicester City Council in response to an appeal against the terms of an HMO licence in which the appellant sought to challenge the room size standards adopted by the authority.

Strengths:

Anneli Robins
Anneli Robins handles a wide range of matters, including possession proceedings, disputes relating to anti-social behaviour and homelessness matters. She has notable experience dealing with vulnerable clients and is regularly instructed in complex cases.
"Anneli is someone with endless drive and determination who will receive the best result for the client." "She works incredibly hard and really diligently." "Her level of knowledge is extraordinarily detailed."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a claim for mandatory possession and an ASB injunction.

Strengths:

Annette Cafferkey
Annette Cafferkey is regularly instructed by housing associations and local authorities to act in a range of housing cases. Her work includes complex possession, anti-social behaviour and homelessness cases.
"She is extremely technically gifted and clients love her."

Strengths:

Christopher Baker
Christopher Baker is a specialist in housing who owes his strong reputation in the sector to his many appearances in high-profile cases, which are often heard before the Supreme Court. Notable areas of expertise include allocation schemes, homelessness and possession proceedings. He is recognised for the quality of his advisory work on matters such as policymaking and strategic administration. He has further strengths in service charge disputes and disrepair claims.
"His advice is not just about what the law says; it is also practical and solutions-focused. He is a go-to for complex issues." "He is really good to work with - he is very thorough and collaborative, and his advice is spot on."
Recent work: Acted for Curo Places in a dispute about increases in service charges arising from a change of policy to charge for maintenance services that were previously provided without charge.

Strengths:

Iain Colville
Iain Colville primarily handles housing cases and homelessness appeals on behalf of public authorities and individual applicants, and is also widely experienced in landlord and tenant litigation, including possession proceedings. He is regularly instructed in cases in the lower and higher courts, and has made several recent appearances in the Supreme Court. His complementary knowledge of the wider aspects of local government renders him a formidable opponent. Colville's experience of housing matters also extends to cases that concern houseboats.
"A strong practitioner."

Strengths:

Ian Peacock
Ian Peacock is renowned for his adept representation of clients in housing, homelessness and allocation cases at all levels of court, and has appeared unled in the Supreme Court. He has notable experience of handling judicial review cases.
"He is a strong advocate for local authorities, and he is straightforward and knowledgeable." "Ian is very accessible and down to earth, and always very responsive, sensible and helpful."
Recent work: Represented Westminster City Council in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the correct approach to the issue of settled accommodation.

Strengths:

Jonathan Manning
Jonathan Manning is known particularly for his local government and judicial review work, and he regularly appears for individual applicants and tenants, as well as local authorities and registered providers. He has been involved in high-profile cases relating to housing benefits and also undertakes cases regarding anti-social behaviour powers. Other core areas of his extensive expertise include homelessness appeals and cases with a human rights crossover.
"Clients keep coming back to him as they trust his advice and his ability to spot points others would not." "He is very approachable, personable, easy to communicate with, great with clients and a very sharp and efficient advocate."
Recent work: Represented Birmingham City Council in homelessness judicial reviews concerning the meaning of the main housing duty in homelessness cases and whether an authority has a reasonable time to comply with it or must do so instantly.

Strengths:

Stephanie Lovegrove
Stephanie Lovegrove is regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities and well respected for her adroit handling of complex leasehold disputes. She demonstrates prowess across all areas of landlord and tenant law, including residential and commercial possession matters and homelessness appeals, and has appeared in courts of all levels, including the Court of Appeal.
"She drafts excellent pleadings." "Her intelligence and her knowledge of housing law will blow anyone away."

Strengths:

Toby Vanhegan
Toby Vanhegan is a talented junior who is highly thought of for his innovative approach. He is sought after by both landlords and tenants, and demonstrates particular strength in housing cases containing human rights or immigration elements. In addition, he has a niche practice acting for occupiers in challenges to lawfulness regarding their exclusion from secure tenure. He has further strengths in matters concerning anti-social behaviour, nuisance claims and rent arrears. His sterling practice regularly sees him appearing before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the ECtHR.
"He is really knowledgeable on the Equality Act, he thinks outside of the box and I have not lost a case with him on my side." "He is exceptional in his arguments and a force to be reckoned with." "Toby is very efficient, always meets deadlines and an extremely good advocate. He is very imaginative and his advice is great."
Recent work: Acted against a local authority after it produced a late review decision which meant an applicant for homelessness assistance was not entitled to appeal.

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square

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London (Bar)

Social Housing


Andrew Dymond
Band 1
Anneli Robins
Band 4
Annette Cafferkey
Band 3
Christopher Baker
Star Individuals
Iain Colville
Band 3
Ian Peacock
Band 3

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