Kelvin Rutledge QC

Year of call 1989


Kelvin Rutledge QC became an associate member of Chambers in May 2017.

Kelvin Rutledge QC is a specialist in local government law with particular emphasis on social housing, adult community care, children’s services, land dealings and governance. He has related expertise in human rights, European and discrimination law and is also a highly experienced and knowledgeable property lawyer.

Kelvin was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013. His wide experience as an advocate includes appearance in the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. Over 90 of his cases have been reported.

In the last two years alone Kelvin has provided advocacy, advisory and drafting services in relation to a wide range of topics including care homes, homelessness and housing allocation schemes, housing finance, elections, inquests, land appropriation, leaseholder’s rights, ombudsman’s complaints, ordinary residence disputes and equality duties. He regularly provides assistance to authorities on matters of policy and public governance. He also appears and advises in related areas of private law.

Recent directory entries include:

“Blown away by him, one of the most tenacious advocates around.” Chambers & Partners 2017

“A tough and excellent advocate, who is easy to work with as part of a team.” Legal 500 2016

“He should be singled out for his knowledge of eligibility issues and matters related to EU law.” Chambers & Partners 2016

In the community care field Kelvin appeared for the successful councils in two of the most important cases in recent years: Slough BC v M in the House of Lords (residential care, definition of care and attention), and McDonald v Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in the Supreme Court (resources, human rights and equality duties).

His housing cases include many leading authorities such as Hotak v Southwark LBC (definition of ‘vulnerability’), Runa Begum v Tower Hamlets LBC (reviews), and Kay v Lambeth LBC, Powell v Hounslow LBC and Hall v Leeds CC (possession proceedings and human rights), all Supreme Court/House of Lords.