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John specialises in Housing Law, Inquests and Administrative & Public Law. Recommended for Social Housing (Northern) in Chambers & Partners 2012-2019.

John is a Manchester-based practitioner who regularly undertakes work nationwide.

John is instructed across all aspects of housing law, including possession proceedings, homelessness appeals, public law challenges under the Housing Act 1996 (including interim relief), unlawful eviction, succession claims, injunctions/committals, disrepair, tenancy deposits and matters under the Mobile Homes Act 1983. 

With regards to inquest law, John sits as an Assistant Coroner alongside his busy practice. He has long practised in the inquest/coronial system, with extensive experience of representing the families of those who have died in prison or police custody and those affected by unlawful killing.

He regularly acts for other interested parties such as care homes as well local authorities with safeguarding duties in the care sector, by representation at inquests and in an advisory capacity. He is familiar with the specific challenges faced by persons within the care sector who may be navigating the coronial process, from questions as to the scope and reach of Article 2, the provision of statements and attendance at pre-inquest and final hearings.

John is licenced under the Direct Access Scheme and can accept instructions directly in appropriate cases across all aspects of his practice.

Background

John Hobson previously worked as a lecturer in environmental economics in Higher Education. An experienced trainer, John regularly delivers seminars/in-house training across all areas of his practice to a range of different audiences. He also provides training for the Northern Circuit on Equality & Diversity and Fair Recruitment.

What the Directories Say

Recommended for Social Housing (Northern) in Chambers & Partners 2012-2019:

‘A strong advocate who is well respected by his peers’

2019

‘Down-to-earth with clients and meticulous in his preparation and analysis of a case’

- 2019

‘Particularly noted for his handling of disrepair cases and has an impressive track record in cases involving anti-social behaviour’

Housing and Social Welfare

John is instructed across all aspects of housing law, including possession proceedings, homelessness appeals, public law challenges under the Housing Act 1996 (including interim relief), unlawful eviction, succession claims, injunctions/committals, disrepair, tenancy deposits and matters under the Mobile Homes Act 1983. 

He has extensive experience of proceedings involving anti-social behaviour and those raising issues under the Equality Act 2010. Represented the tenant in Manchester City Council v Higgins [2006] 1 ALL ER 841, a key case concerning anti-social behaviour in social housing.

Inquiries and Inquests

John has extensive experience of representing the families of those who have died in police and prison custody. He has also represented the families of individuals vulnerable by way of mental health who have died in hospital and whilst living in the community.

Experienced in advising as to the reach of Article 2 and attendant civil claims, John is also familiar with issues of anonymity/press interest pertaining to the coronial system.

He has also acted for other interested persons, including witnesses to unlawful killing, the families of individuals who have died abroad and local authorities with safeguarding duties in the care sector.

John sits as an Assistant Coroner in the West Yorkshire (Eastern) and Manchester (Central) Districts.

Contempt of Court

John has represented defendants in contempt of court proceedings in the High Court. He recently secured the dismissal of applications to commit to prison in complex proceedings brought against three individuals arising from a defeated road traffic accident claim where fraud was alleged.

Professional Discipline, Regulation, Employment Law and Industrial Relations

John has experience of representing individuals at interim and final professional disciplinary hearings for example before the General Teaching Council and the General Social Care Council before their abolition and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He also has experience of the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. Whilst employed as a lecturer in Higher Education John acted as a trade union workplace representative and subsequently worked as a regional officer for NATFHE (now part of the University and College Lecturers Union) where he represented individuals in disciplinary proceedings.

John also undertakes work in all areas including unfair dismissal, redundancy, Working Time Regulations 1998, National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 and all aspects of discrimination pertaining to the workplace. Involved in a number of successful women's part-time pensions claims. Representation in the EAT and in professional discipline proceedings.

International Law and Human Rights

In 2010 John visited annexed East Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian Territory as part of a delegation of housing lawyers organised by the organisation Avocats Sans Frontières, and examined the housing crisis of the Palestinian population generally and the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in particular.

In 2017 John returned to the region, living for three months in the Northern West Bank, undertaking human rights monitoring/protective presence as part of the long-standing Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). A major focus concerned freedom of movement of farmers/access to livelihood in rural areas affected by the Separation Barrier and settlement expansion.

John retains an interest in human rights violations in Turkey, having previously been part of a legal delegation that examined prisoners’ rights and the use of isolation in Turkey’s ‘F-type’ prisons in particular.