Housing and Social Welfare

Practice Summary

The Housing and Social Welfare Team offers a comprehensive service on all housing related issues including homelessness, allocations, possession actions, anti-social behaviour, disrepair, unlawful eviction and housing benefit. More widely, all members of the Team advise in the linked areas of community care, Children Act cases, eligibility, disability, discrimination and mental health. The Team is closely associated with Doughty Street's other specialist teams, notably The Immigration and the Mental Health and Court of Protection teams and all members of the Team are members of Doughty Street’s Community Care and Health Team.


The Team also covers residential property law, appearing regularly in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and covering a breadth of work including service charge disputes, leasehold enfranchisement, undue influence cases and TOLATA cases.  The Team acts in group actions in housing, environment and planning cases, doing so on behalf of tenants and residents, including squatters and residential tenancy groups.  The Team includes trained mediators and team members can assist in housing and social welfare law mediations.


Doughty Street Chambers is a leader in the human rights field and underlying all our work is a commitment to human rights, equality and diversity. 



We are extensively involved in legal services developments.  Members of chambers are on the executives of or otherwise involved with the Housing Law Practitioners Association, the Administrative Law Bar Association, the Human Rights Law Association, the Social Security Practitioners Association, the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, the Environmental Law Foundation and the Public Law Project.


Team members have appeared at all levels of the justice system from tribunals to the Supreme Court. Whether clients need a silk, a leading junior or a senior junior, the strength and depth of the team is well noted by Chambers and Partners. Our clerks have extensive experience of courts and tribunals at all levels. As a result of the large number of applications for judicial review handled by Doughty Street Chambers, the clerks have detailed knowledge of the practice and procedure of the Administrative Court and can assist in listing emergency applications. 


In 2009 Doughty Street opened offices in Manchester and Bristol to broaden our geographical reach and to service the new regional offices of the Administrative Court. Alex Durance and John Hobson are based in Manchester and the remainder of the Team in London but each of us market and practice in all regions of England and Wales. 

Members of the Team are regular speakers at housing and social welfare conferences and events.  The Team also provides a rolling seminar programme at Doughty Street which is open to all solicitors and practitioners free of charge.  Visit here to see our current schedule and upcoming seminars.  The team is also happy to discuss any specific in-house training requirements that firms or organisations might have.  Please contact our clerks for details.


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