Dominic Preston is the deputy team leader of Doughty Street’s Housing and Social Welfare Team and practices in all aspects of housing law and related disciplines.
Although Dominic’s practice is centred on homelessness, allocations and disputes concerning residential premises, whether rented or leasehold, it necessarily strays into immigration law, community care and child care law, EU law, discrimination law, and human rights law. He appears regularly in the lower courts, the High Court and the appellate courts.
Dominic is recognised as a leading junior in social housing by Chambers and Partners which recommends him “for his technical ability and excellent judgment, as well as his straightforward and easy manner” (2012) and comments that “… his sharp mind and impressive workload were both highlighted by peers ...” (2011). He is also listed in Legal 500.
Dominic’s commitment to the need to secure housing for the most vulnerable is reflected in his practice and he has been on the executive of the Housing Law Practitioner’s Association since 2004.
As well as regularly speaking on housing law topics, Dominic has a strong commitment to writing on housing issues. Since 2002 he has co-written the Housing title of Atkins Court Forms, most recently updated in 2010 and he wrote the Harassment and Anti-Social Behaviour title in the same volume. Between 2005 and 2007 he co-wrote the quarterly Housing Law Update for the Solicitors Journal and he has written for a number of other legal journals. Dominic has also appeared on Radio 4’s Money Box Live.
A list of his publications include:
Dominic’s housing practice covers homelessness, allocations, right to buy, anti-social behaviour, disrepair, unlawful eviction and possession matters. In that context he necessarily strays into immigration, discrimination, human rights, public law, and community and child care law. As well as his involvement in the Housing Law Practitioner Association, he also writes and lectures on those topics. Significant cases include:
Dominic is well versed in residential property law and his practice in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal includes service charge disputes and leasehold enfranchisement. He also deals with undue influence cases and disputes between former cohabitees under the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Dominic regularly lectures on these topics.
Housing law has and is being profoundly influenced by developments in discrimination law, particularly disability discrimination in breach of the Equality Act 2010 and through the prism of the Public Sector Equality Duty (section 149 of the EA 2010). The interplay with Articles 8 and 14 of the ECHR and the concept of proportionality have also come to the fore. Dominic’s recent cases in this field include:
In the Housing or Community Care context, Dominic is available for emergency judicial review applications for interim relief, whether to the duty judge or for drafting papers for urgent consideration, where the client is in need of accommodation. Dominic’s emergency work includes cases brought under section 188(1) and (3) of the Housing Act 1996, Sections 17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989 and Section 21 of the National Assistance Act 1948. Dominic’s practice also includes allocation cases under Part VI of the Housing Act 1996 and an expansion of public law work in the county court as a consequence of an increase in Winder/Pinnock defences.
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