Field Court Chambers

Social Housing Department

London (Bar)
Current View:

This content is provided by Chambers. Learn more about our methodology

Field Court Chambers remains a popular choice for housing associations and local authorities. Its capable members are frequently involved in housing cases which overlap with human rights law and community care provisions. The set attracts instructions in all manner of housing cases, from disrepair claims to anti-social behaviour and repossession actions. Homelessness cases are also a regular source of instructions for the set.

Client service: "The clerks are always helpful, always happy to have a discussion on fees and will do what they can to accommodate our requirements." Ian Boardman is the senior clerk.

Adrian Davis
Advocates at all levels of court and tribunal on behalf of landlords, tenants and homeless applicants. He is highly experienced in possession claims and homelessness appeals, and also has contributed to the sector by co-authoring a number of written materials. His broad practice also sees him acting in cases concerning allegations of tenancy fraud.
Strengths: "He instils confidence in the client and judge when presenting the case." "His knowledge and application of the law to the facts are always excellent."

Alexander Campbell
Has a growing reputation for his representation in both housing and public law matters. He is able to rely on his extensive experience in human rights and discrimination cases to undertake complex homelessness and allocation litigation, and is particularly strong on claims for possession.
Strengths:"A very thorough, able and competent advocate."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Haitham Yassin, an individual who had sought assistance as a homeless person from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea but was told he was ineligible for assistance as he did not have a connection to the area. Campbell argued that the borough had failed to carry out proper enquiries into the special educational needs of his children.

Clare Cullen
Acts for both landlords and tenants in anti-social behaviour injunctions, possession proceedings, homelessness appeals and disrepair claims.
Strengths: "She has a brilliant and incisive legal mind and is devastatingly effective within a courtroom." "She impresses with her attention to detail and helpfulness."
Recent work: Acted for a tenant in a claim for possession concerning rent arrears. The tenant raised a disability discrimination defence under the Equality Act 2010.

Emma Godfrey
Established public law practitioner with a specialism in housing law. She frequently acts for both landlords and tenants in homelessness appeals, challenges to allocation schemes and possession proceedings.
Strengths: "Reliable, comprehensive and great to work with."

Sarah Salmon
Well versed across all aspects of landlord and tenant law, with particular expertise in anti-social behaviour cases and complex possession proceedings. She is widely praised for her advocacy skills and highly respected for her leading commentary on housing law and judicial reviews. Her complementary acumen in public law matters buttresses her enviable practice. She is the current chair of the SHLA.
Strengths: "She is an excellent advocate and has great client care." "Brilliant at explaining complex ideas in a simple way."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority landlord in a possession claim brought as a result of the tenant's behaviour. The tenant lacked capacity and alleged that the authority had breached the Equality Act 2010.