4-5 Gray's Inn Square

Social Housing Department

London (Bar)
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A quality set with multidisciplinary experience, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square fields a considerable number of highly regarded barristers who are instructed in cases heard at all levels of the judicial system. The set acts for social housing clients across a broad range of housing issues, including homelessness appeals, service charge disputes and anti-social behaviour possession claims. Members regularly appear in judicial review proceedings.

Client service: "The clerks are friendly and extremely helpful at all times. They respond promptly to all queries and provide an overall exceptional service ensuring that our needs are met. They are always willing to provide us with excellent recommendations on counsel with the relevant experience to deal with our cases." Tom Grove is the senior clerk.

Andrew Dymond
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 honorable opponent.
Strengths: "He is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met and he is formidable and incredibly thorough in court." "A delight to work with and his work is of a very high standard."
Recent work: Acted for Leicester City Council in responding 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.

Annette Cafferkey
Regularly instructed by housing associations and local authorities to act in a range of housing cases. Her recent work includes complex possession, anti-social behaviour and homelessness cases.
Strengths: "She is extremely tenacious and robust in her approach to cases and very thorough in her preparation of hearings in both court and tribunal." "An excellent advocate."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for possession brought on grounds of anti-social behaviour.

Christopher Baker
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.
Strengths: "He is extremely good and the go-to person on local authority powers and statutory provision." "He is very experienced, knowledgeable, helpful and proactive."
Recent work: Acted for an Orthodox Jewish housing association to defend a judicial review challenge alleging religious and race discrimination in the client's selection criteria for allocating housing.

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.
Strengths: "He is highly experienced and thorough and a very strong advocate in court."

Ian Peacock
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.
Strengths: "He is persuasive but not aggressive, very experienced and has a unique knowledge of local government."

Jonathan Manning
Known particularly for his local government and judicial review work, 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.
Strengths: "A highly intelligent and experienced barrister. He possesses an excellent attention to detail and a huge amount of knowledge in relation to anti-social behaviour and possession cases." "He is very highly thought of, extremely bright and a formidable opponent."
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court for Birmingham City Council in a homelessness appeal concerning whether the appellant was lawfully found intentionally homeless, on the basis that the accommodation she left was affordable.

Stephanie Lovegrove
Regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities and is 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.
Strengths: "She is a brilliant advocate and really knows her stuff on homelessness in particular." "She has excellent attention to detail and an eye for finding novel ways of developing the law."
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Newham in an appeal involving a UK-born child of an asylum seeker. The case concerned whether he was eligible for homelessness assistance.

Toby Vanhegan
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.
Strengths: "Highly skilled and has a dynamic legal mind. He is very quick and reliable with paperwork and popular with clients." "Very helpful and straightforward in his advice and a robust and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in Bryn Davies v Hertfordshire County Council in a case which established that Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 can be a defence to possession proceedings.