Robert Latham

Year of Call

Robert Latham

In January 2013, Robert stepped down as the senior member of the Housing and Social Welfare Team. He retains an associate tenancy at Doughty Street and is available to take instructions and lecture. He sits part time as a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).


Robert is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of all areas of housing law, including allocations, homelessness, security of tenure and the regulation of registered providers of social housing. Social rights to housing are seen in the context of the obligations placed on social landlords by the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. Robert was named Legal Aid Barrister of the Year in December 2008.


Robert has served as Vice Chair (Civil) of the Bar Council’s Remuneration Committee. He was a member of Bar Council’s Bill Group which opposed the dismantling of civil legal aid in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. This culminated in a decade of his involvement in the reform to civil legal aid.


Robert also served as an Executive member of the Housing Law Practitioner’s Association.  He regularly contributed to Legal Action; Solicitor’s Journal, Inside Housing and the New Law Journal. He lectured widely. He responded on behalf of the Association on a range of measures to reform housing law. 


Bar Council: Vice Chair (Civil) of the Remuneration Committee.

Member of the Civil Legal Aid Sub-Committee.

Member of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill Group.

Housing Law Practitioner’s Association. Executive Member (2012).

Represents HLPA on the Administrative Court Users Group.

Administrative Law Bar Association

Human Rights Law Association


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