Practice Summary

Brooke is a civil practitioner, specialising in property, housing and public law. Brooke enjoys a busy court practice and accepts instructions to appear in all courts and tribunals. Brooke joined Chambers in October 2018 having been a member of Arden Chambers. Brooke is the Assistant Editor of Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice.

Brooke will be appearing in the Supreme Court in January 2019, being led by Jonathan Manning, for a local authority on a homelessness case.

Brooke is a member of Executive Committee of Housing Law Practitioners Association. In this role Brooke has recently represented HLPA members in discussions and meetings with government departments about forthcoming legislative proposals and consultations.

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Property & Housing

Landlord & Tenant and Housing

Brooke’s practice covers all aspects of landlord & tenant and housing law including: possession matters, homelessness, allocations, anti-social behaviour, unlawful eviction, disrepair, succession, lease variations, service charge disputes and forfeiture proceedings.

Whilst on secondment in the housing litigation team of a large local authority Brooke frequently advised on homelessness appeals, judicial review applications and disrepair claims. Brooke frequently attends hearings and trials covering all areas of housing law.

Earlier this year Brooke provided editorial assistance for the eleventh edition of Homelessness and Allocations, a leading practitioner text on homelessness law and the first book to be published on the subject since the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

Brooke provides training on housing and property law.

Real Property

Brooke accepts instructions in relation to a wide range of real property matters, including disputes relating to easements, restrictive covenants, adverse possession, land registration and co-ownership.

Brooke recently advised a large property developer on the potential impact a restrictive covenant might have on proposals for a large residential development.

Public & Administrative

Public Law, Human Rights and Equality Act 2010

Brooke frequently deals with cases that involve public law, human rights and issues under Equality Act 2010.
Recently in a county court trial before a Circuit Judge Brooke successfully argued that anti-social behaviour perpetrated by a defendant engaged reg 4(1)(c) of Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/2128) and as a result he was not entitled to protection from discrimination in relation to that behaviour.
Brooke has recently been led by Justin Bates in the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chambers) in a matter that relating to whether housing benefit is payable for an itinerant boat dweller. This case raises an important point of law in relation to how reg. 12 of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 is to be interpreted. Permission to appeal has been granted and the date for the appeal hearing is pending.
As a pupil Brooke assisted Toby Vanhegan in drafting applications to the European Court of Human Rights in Watts v UK, Davies v UK and Mayo v UK.

Education

Brooke accepts instructions across a wide range of education law matters, including school exclusion appeals, admission appeals and judicial reviews. Brooke frequently acts as clerk/legal advisor to Independent Review Panels.
Whilst completing her post-graduate studies Brooke represented excluded pupils on a pro bono basis for the School Exclusion Project.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Brooke accepts instructions in all areas of regulatory law relating to chambers’ core practice areas. She has experience of housing enforcement and property licensing matters and has appeared in the First Tier Tribunal to obtain rent repayment orders.


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