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Rea Murray specialises in housing, property and discrimination law, and in related public law.

Rea's particular expertise lies in the Equality Act, homelessness, eligibility, and mental capacity in social housing. She is known for her personable and determined advocacy style and enjoys bringing creative and strategic perspectives to cases from the earliest stages of litigation.

As a contributing member of the discrimination law association and the human rights law association, Rea is committed to staying at the forefront of legal developments in her field. Her extensive knowledge of housing law is demonstrated by her previous roles as the first writer for the Housing Law Review reports and Deputy Assistant Editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice, which have honed her keen eye for technical arguments and sophisticated appeal points.

For more information about Rea Murray or to discuss any legal matters, please contact our Senior Clerk, Sian Wilkins.

Experience:

Rea was junior counsel in a high profile discrimination judicial review from the Divisional Court, to the Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court in R(Z and another) v Hackney LBC (1) and Agudas Israel Housing Association (2) [2020] UKSC 40.

Seminars: 

Eligibility in social Housing, London, November 2022

Public Law and housing, Sheffield, August 2018

Leasehold covenants, freeholders and extensions, June 2018

Technical defences to possession claims, October 2017.

Writing:

R. (on the application of Z) v (1) Hackney LBC and (2) Agudas Israel Housing Association—The Significance for Housing Law, Journal of Housing Law Vol 24, Issue 2, 2021

Until Death us do Terminate – succession law and notice to quit, Nearly Legal, July 2018

Asylum Seeker Accommodation and Article 8, Journal of Housing Law, Vol. 21, Issue 2 2018

Previous experience:

Prior to becoming a barrister, Rea was employed in private practice as a paralegal in a specialist immigration law firm. As such she has extensive knowledge of the Tribunal system and immigration law.

She has a PhD in international development, which addressed the role of Fairtrade and Organic standards in market access routes for small tea producers in South India. Her experience in field research enabled her to develop inquisitiveness and resilience that assist her in understanding her clients’ interests and performing impressively at court.