David Carter


Year of Call

David Carter

David specialises in housing, local government, human rights, discrimination and public law; he joined chambers in March 2012. David's roots were in the Law Centre movement where he worked until 1997 before he joined Arden Chambers. David has since established himself as one of the foremost leading junior's in housing law.


Homelessness; allocations and transfers of housing accommodation; security of tenure; right to buy and to acquire; leases and service charges; rent control; disrepair; environmental health; mortgages.


Local Government: Powers and duties; judicial review; liability; human rights; housing benefit; disposal and management of housing; notices; employment.


Landlord & Tenant: Tenancy agreements; security of tenure (residential and commercial); leases, service charges and enfranchisement; harassment and illegal eviction; rents and rent control; leases, service charges and management orders; disrepair; environmental health.


Social Security: Housing benefit; income support and jobseeker''s allowance; contributory benefits.


What Directories say

'' ... highly regarded for his homelessness work and is praised for his thoroughness and dedication. "The man is passionate and just keeps going on excellently year in, year out," say those that know him best.'' - Chambers & Partners 2012 - Band 1 Social Housing.

Housing and Social Welfare

Local Government

  • (Lynch) v Lambeth LBC [2007] H.L.R. 15, QBD: allocation of accommodation; reasonable preference.
  • YL v Birmingham CC and others [2007] 2 W.L.R. 1097, CA and [2007] 3 W.L.R., HL: powers and duties of local authorities.


  • R. v Islington LB Ex p. Thomas (1997) 30 H.L.R. 111, QBD: suitability of accommodation, inquiries.
  • R v Brent LBC Ex p. Sadiq [2000] 33 H.L.R. 47, QBD: revocation of determination.
  • Carter v Wandsworth LBC [2005] 2 All E.R. 192, CA: procedural fairness.
  • William v Wandsworth LBC [2006] H.L.R. 42, CA: intentional homelessness; procedure.
  • R (Lynch) v Lambeth LBC [2007] H.L.R. 15, QBD: adequacy of reasons; alternative remedy.
  • R (Abdi) v Lambeth LBC [2007] EWHC 1565 (Admin), QBD: interim accommodation; procedural fairness.
  • Watchman v Ipswich BC [2007] H.L.R. 33, CA: intentional homelessness, causation.

Landlord & Tenant

  • Forebury Estates Ltd v Chiltern, Thames and Eastern R.A.C. [2000] 33 H.L.R. 64, QBD: fair rent; rent assessment committee.
  • Alamo Housing Cooperative Ltd v Meredith [2003] 35 HLR 62, CA: right to possession after extinction of legal estate.
  • Akram v Adam [2005] 1 W.L.R. 2762, CA: protected tenancy, possession.

Human Rights

  • R (Stanley) v Metropolitan Police, Brent LBC and Secretary of State for the Home Department [2005] H.L.R. 8, QBD: publishing ASBOs.
  • Akram v Adam [2005] 1 W.L.R. 2762, CA: civil procedure.
  • YL v Birmingham CC and others [2007] 2 W.L.R. 1097, CA and [2007] 3 W.L.R., HL: meaning of public authority.


LLB (Nottingham)

Visiting Professor of Law at City University



Lord Chancellor''s Advisory Committee on Legal Aid (1976-1980)
Law Centre''s Federation Executive (1976-1978)
Civil Justice Council
Housing and Land Sub-Committee (2001- date)
Housing Law Practitioners Association
Administrative Law Bar Association
Property Bar Association

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