The Housing Team enjoys an excellent reputation amongst housing practitioners, with the consequence that Garden Court North Chambers is considered to be one of the leading sets for tenants’ work outside of London. The vast majority of the work we do is for people who are publicly funded and we are committed to representing the rights of tenants, other occupiers, applicants for housing and the homeless.

It is this commitment to each client’s rights that distinguishes Chambers’ barristers from others. The client remains the focus throughout the preparation and presentation of each case. Members of the Team forcefully pursue each case whilst understanding and addressing each client’s concerns at every stage, explaining matters clearly and providing realistic and carefully considered advice in language that is easily understood. This approach ensures that the client remains fully involved in the process throughout and is able to take their own fully informed decisions about their case. The Team is approachable, down to earth and willing to go the extra mile for clients.

Members of the Team are always available to provide informal and pro bono advice to professional clients and are often consulted before receiving formal instructions.

We have been involved in some of the most important housing cases in the appellate courts – including Manchester City Council v Pinnock [2010] UKSC 45. However, we are just as dedicated to the kind of cases that might not make the law reports but which nonetheless have a real and significant effect on the lives of individuals, and we have a strong commitment to pro bono work where legal aid is unavailable. We are skilled in assisting those who are disadvantaged (whether as a result of disability, addiction, age or homelessness), who speak little or no English, and who have significant mental health issues or learning difficulties.

The Team has expertise across the whole spectrum of housing law, including:

  • Defending possession proceedings for all tenants and occupiers, including mortgagors, and squatters;
  • Homelessness appeals under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996;
  • Judicial review (especially those that are homelessness related and including out of hours applications for interim relief to the duty High Court judge);
  • Representing victims of unlawful eviction and harassment (including applications for injunctions for re-admittance in unlawful eviction cases);
  • Injunction and committal proceedings;
  • Disrepair (including Environmental Protection Act claims);
  • Closure orders;
  • Travellers and Mobile Homes Act cases;
  • Boating cases;
  • Squatters’ rights, including adverse possession claims;
  • Right to buy cases;
  • Nuisance;
  • Housing benefit matters; and
  • Housing related community care matters.

The Team is particularly aware of the many overlaps between housing and other areas of law, and offers a complete and comprehensive service. This includes specialist expertise in community care and mental health, welfare rights, discrimination, and immigration-related housing matters.

Although Chambers is in Manchester, members of the Housing Team frequently travel to courts across England and Wales. If you would like to know more about the Housing Team please contact the Practice Management Team on 0161 817 6377 or at gcn@gcnchambers.co.uk.

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