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What the team is known for Recognised as one of the leading specialist housing law teams for tenants in London. Proficient in dealing with complex possession claims, homelessness, disrepair matters and a range of long leasehold issues. Capable of handling group actions contesting estate regeneration schemes. Also has niche expertise in dealing with health problems relating to poor housing. Additional expertise in advising on tenancy deposit protection schemes.
Strengths One market commentator states: "They are a very dedicated and professional firm."
Work highlights Brought a claim under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 for five tenants of PA Housing concerning pest infestations and anti-social behaviour issues in their block.
Andrew Brookes is highly regarded for his work representing tenants in housing litigation, handling disrepair claims and and leaseholder matters.
"He's a very sound lawyer and really well respected. He is solid, knows his stuff, has an excellent knowledge of housing law and is effective."
Giles Peaker offers a wealth of experience of the sector, representing clients in litigation concerning possession and shared ownership leases. He has further expertise in claims involving homelessness and disrepair.
"He's brilliant; he is a walking encyclopedia and an absolute joy to work with." "He is incredibly well versed and dedicated to social housing matters." "He is the lawyer you want on your side."
Sara Stephens routinely advises tenants on disrepair issues and possession proceedings. She also takes on homelessness cases.
"She's very good, she does very important work for getting lawyers together and coordinating them, she is collaborative, very patient and has got a very high profile in the sector." "She's very calm and measured, the kind of solicitor you need in a crisis."
Timothy Waitt has particular strength acting for tenants and leaseholders on disrepair claims, with notable expertise in cases concerning defective new builds in shared ownership schemes.