St Ives Chambers

Jane Talbot

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Practice Areas

Social Housing

Professional Memberships

Social Housing Lawyers Association


Jane Talbot (formerly Plant) has specialised in landlord and tenant law since qualification, acting for Local Authorities, private registered providers, private landlords and tenants. Jane has a high profile for such work and has been at the forefront of emerging legislation by virtue of her position as member and later, Chair of the Law Society’s Housing Committee (a role held from 2008-2017). In this role, Jane gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on the implications of the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and has also given evidence to the Welsh Government on the Renting Homes proposals. Jane regularly acts in relation to complex possession, injunction (adults and youths), disrepair, unlawful eviction, succession as well as providing advice, reviewing policies and procedures and drafting occupation agreements. Jane also regularly provides training on property issues to solicitors and housing providers. Jane has a particularly interest in cases involving capacity issues, allegations of discrimination, Equality Act and Public Law challenges. Jane lead on the Court of Appeal case of Knowsley Housing Trust v McMullen (2004) and sat on an advisory panel drafting the guidance to accompany the Equality Act 2010 for the housing sector. Jane has been involved in several cases in the Court of Protection where best interests decisions have been made in relation to a tenant’s occupation of rented accommodation and has knowledge of the Local Authority duties under the Care Act 2014 in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults. Notable cases include Mohamed Abdulrahman v Circle 33 Housing Trust Ltd [2017] CA (Civ Div).


Jane has written numerous articles on landlord and tenant issues in publications such as Inside Housing and the Guardian. Jane also speaks at both regional and national events.


Birmingham University LLB (Hons) Law De Montfort University – LPC