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St Ives Chambers

Social Housing

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St Ives Chambers represents a wide range of housing clients in the full spectrum of different housing issues in the Midlands. The set remains pre-eminent in this market, and its barristers act in complex possession proceedings and anti-social behaviour injunctions, in addition to other related matters. One instructing solicitor notes: "They feel like an extension of my team and are both very good in the courtroom and very approachable."

Client service:

"The clerks are really impressive." "I have to mention Ross Hands, practice manager for the civil team, who is so lovely and handles the relationship so well. He really looks after us well."

Strengths:

Aadhithya Anbahan
Impressive junior held in high esteem by market commentators for her abilities in a range of social housing matters. She acts on behalf of clients in possession proceedings and injunctions, as well as closure orders.
"She is thorough and a robust advocate who offers very practical yet clear advice. Clients love her."

Strengths:

Anya Newman
Routinely undertakes complex property disputes, anti-social behaviour litigation and possession claims involving human rights issues and the Equality Act. She makes regular appearances in the High Court and is also noted for her judicial review work and homelessness advice. She has significant experience of housing issues relating to the Traveller community.
"She is incredibly knowledgeable and won't take nonsense from the other side. She is very competent, approachable and practical."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Leasowe Community Homes in a successful attempt to recover possession of a property let to two defendants, one of whom had served a notice to quit and been rehoused but sought to re-enter the property and retract her notice.

Strengths:

David Nuttall
Strong property law barrister whose mixed practice sees him representing landlords and tenants in a wide array of housing matters including anti-social behaviour cases, disrepair claims and homelessness appeals.
"You feel very confident having him in court as he pulls evidence from a range of areas to prove his point."
Recent work: Defended a counterclaim on Equality Act grounds brought against Clarion Housing Association following rent possession proceedings.

Strengths:

Jane Talbot
Continues her impressive practice as a barrister following a successful career as a solicitor advocate. She regularly acts for local authorities and registered providers in anti-social behaviour, disrepair and possession proceedings. She frequently handles complex cases involving Equality Act defences.
"She is very thorough, extremely personable, excellent with clients, very good on her feet and a very safe set of hands. She is very good technically and puts a lot of effort into research."
Recent work: Continued to advise and act for Midland Heart in relation to disrepair litigation.

Strengths:

Michael Singleton
Longstanding, esteemed member of this set who has recently demonstrated great insight and skill in matters pertaining to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. He is also distinguished by his regulatory work in areas such as unlawful eviction, planning enforcement and the Environmental Protection Act.
"He is a housing encyclopedia on legs. There isn't much he hasn't seen in his career." "He is well respected by the judiciary, an authority on all housing matters and great on complex litigious matters in person."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Stoke City Council in its efforts to obtain injunctions against eight defendants for widespread anti-social behaviour.

Strengths:

Michelle Caney
Singled out for her expertise in cases involving disability, mental capacity and human rights issues. She is instructed in matters ranging from possession and injunction claims to judicial review claims and service charge disputes. She accepts instructions on behalf of landlords and tenants and has appeared in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel.
"She is very good with clients and really good with details. She meticulously prepares for matters and will know things inside out."
Recent work: Represented Black Country Housing group in a complex possession claim against a tenant with a history of hoarding behaviour.

Strengths:

Tom Lawal
Continues to offer a wealth of expertise in human rights and the Equality Act. He represents both landlords and tenants in disrepair cases. He also tackles anti-social behaviour matters.
"He is full of energy, very personable and builds immediate relationships. He is very good on his feet in court, always very well prepared and has excellent knowledge of the practice area."
Recent work: Acted for Torus in a six-day injunction trial.

Social Housing Department

St Ives Chambers

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1-3 Whittall Street

Birmingham

West Midlands

UK

B4 6DH

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Juniors

Midlands (Bar)

Social Housing


Aadhithya Anbahan
Up and Coming
Anya Newman
Band 2
David Nuttall
Band 2
Jane Talbot
Band 2
Michael Singleton
Band 1
Michelle Caney
Band 1