Housing

Overview

Zenith Chambers is home to the largest specialist team of Housing Barristers on the north eastern circuit. The team is widely regarded as pre-eminent in its field undertaking a wide range of work at all levels of experience.

With experience in acting for both public and private landlords as well as tenants, applicants and other occupiers of housing, we are excellently placed to provide comprehensive advice, drafting and advocacy services to all prospective clients.

Our personal approach makes us a popular choice with both lay and professional clients.

Expertise

We have extensive experience of representing clients at all stages of proceedings, from tribunal and review panel representation to the Supreme Court. The strength and depth of the team enables us to provide a comprehensive service to practitioners in all areas of housing and social welfare law. We provide advice and advocacy services to tenants, applicants for housing, public social and private landlords. Members also have experience of advising larger organisations concerning the drafting, implementation and implications of policy in housing, allocation and social welfare.

Our areas of expertise and specialism include:

  • Anti-social behaviour (including ASBOs, injunctions, committals, possession claims and closure orders)
  • Claims for possession
  • Disrepair
  • Homelessness
  • Housing rights affecting those with capacity and mental health issues and physical disability 
  • Human Rights
  • Introductory and demoted tenancies 
  • Judicial Review proceedings relating to housing and social welfare issues
  • Policy advice – including advising and drafting of policies for local housing authorities and registered providers of social housing on the lawfulness of their allocation policies
  • Prosecuting and Defending criminal proceedings including appeals under housing legislation
  • Service charge disputes 
  • Travellers
  • Trespass 
  • Unlawful eviction and harassment

Costs

Given the often and increasingly cost sensitive nature of the cases in which we are involved, our clerking team has a realistic and flexible approach to charging rates, tailoring them to the individual needs of the case and the client.

Training and Seminars

We also prepare and deliver bespoke training sessions for all our clients on request and can tailor a package to suit your individual needs. Please do get in touch with one of our clerks to discuss your requirements.

The Housing Team at Zenith takes an active interest in local housing issues and is involved with the Yorkshire Housing Law Practitioners’ Association. This well regarded local association meets regularly providing training and good practice guidance in the fields of housing, homelessness, residential property and community care law. For more information about this specialist interest group please visit www.hlpa.org.uk.

Contact

For more information please contact our Clerks:

Paul McNab (Senior Clerk) email: pmcnab@zenithchambers.co.uk

Emma Rogers (Junior Clerk) email: erogers@zenithchambers.co.uk

Out of Hours: 07925 194113


Housing

Team

Kerry Bretherton QC

Kerry Bretherton QC

Kelvin Rutledge QC

Kelvin Rutledge QC

Justin Crossley

Justin Crossley

Helen Greatorex

Helen Greatorex

Nicola Phillipson TEP

Nicola Phillipson TEP

Vilma Vodanovic

Vilma Vodanovic

Christopher Rafferty

Christopher Rafferty

Jonathan Holsgrove

Jonathan Holsgrove

Pupil Barrister Christopher Machin

Pupil Barrister Christopher Machin

Pupil Barrister Kelly Cronin

Pupil Barrister Kelly Cronin

Current Awareness

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Testimonials

"Zenith Chambers is home to the largest specialist housing team on the North Eastern circuit"

Legal 500 (2016)

"Noted for providing a full property law service, Zenith Chambers attracts particular praise for its work in relation to housing and related anti-social behaviour matters; it has ‘the brightest counsel on the circuit’ in this area."

Legal 500 (2015)