Social Housing Department

London (Bar)
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Members of Hardwicke are frequently instructed by major housing associations to act in a considerable range of housing issues, including anti-social behaviour injunctions, disrepair claims, unlawful occupations and possession proceedings. Hardwicke is also able to deal with cases relating to the construction of housing developments.

Client service: "The clerking team is highly efficient and approachable. You get straight and sensible answers from them." James Duncan-Hartill and Richard Sumarno are senior practice managers.

Alison Meacher
A specialist in housing work, which crosses over with Court of Protection, mental capacity and other social welfare matters. She habitually acts on behalf of local authorities, registered providers and vulnerable tenants, and regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. She is particularly strong on cases where a person's right to occupy is contested.
Strengths: "She provides very detailed and knowledgeable advice and is a very good and thorough advocate."

Laura Tweedy
A top choice for many large housing associations to act in homelessness and possession cases, among others. She elicits praise for her deft client-handling and cross-examination skills, and makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "She has great customer care skills and looks for solutions rather than problems. A go-to in difficult cases."
Recent work: Defended two elderly tenants in a claim for possession stemming from rent arrears. Tweedy successfully negotiated an agreement to rehouse the tenants and a £30,000 reduction in rent arrears.

Morayo Fagborun Bennett
Handles a wide range of social housing matters, and has a practice with a particular emphasis on homelessness and disrepair cases. She regularly receives instructions from housing associations, local authorities and individuals. Her esteemed work in the area is complemented by her substantial property practice. Her recent work has seen her act in complicated possession cases.
Strengths: "She has a mild exterior with a steely interior." "Very diligent, thorough and impressive."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant landlord in an anti-social behaviour case in which an injunction order and an exclusion order were sought following an arson attack.