Practice Summary

Annabel was called to the Bar in 2010 and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Since joining chambers Annabel has developed a busy housing, homelessness and public law practice.

She was recently led by Jonathan Manning on the case of R (Elkundi and others) v Birmingham City Council [2021] EWHC 1024 (Admin), representing Birmingham City Council on two of the linked judicial review claims (those of Ahmed and Al-Shameri). These cases concerned the operation of s193(2) of the Housing Act 1996.

Prior to commencing pupillage she spent 7 years working at international law firm Gowling WLG (UK) LLP specialising in housing and commercial property litigation. Whilst at Gowling WLG, Annabel advised a range of clients, including local authorities, social housing providers, pension funds and developers regarding various property disputes with particular expertise in tenants’ rights of first refusal, agricultural law and professional negligence claims.

Outside of chambers Annabel is a keen gardener.

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Property

Prior to commencing pupillage she spent 7 years working at international law firm Gowling WLG (UK) LLP specialising in housing and commercial property litigation. Whilst at Gowling WLG, Annabel advised a range of clients, including local authorities, social housing providers, pension funds and developers regarding various property disputes with particular expertise in tenants’ rights of first refusal, agricultural law and property based professional negligence claims.

She has a particular interest in claims relating to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

During her previous career as a property disputes solicitor Annabel has gained a wealth of experience including:

  • Advising a national housing builder whether an option agreement relating to the development of a new town had been terminated by conduct and/ or whether a repudiatory breach had occurred.
  • Acting for a social landlord in a circa £2million professional negligence claim against a leading firm of solicitors regarding the grant of subleases for terms longer than the headlease.
  • Advising a social landlord on a complex mixed use vacant possession strategy including opposed 1954 Act proceedings on the basis of redevelopment, commercial forfeiture and insolvency. The purpose of the strategy was to enable a major redevelopment with a GDV of £750 million.
  • Advising a national house builder on a vacant possession strategy involving the termination of a number of agricultural tenancies.
  • Advising a care provider on whether there was an obligation to serve notices under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 prior to the sale of a care home and linked retirement village.

Housing

Annabel represents both landlords and tenants in all housing related matters (including homelessness and disrepair), and is well versed in claims where either capacity or the Equality Act 2010 are in issue.

She is often instructed on multi-day housing trials. Recent cases include:

  • acting for a local authority on a two day injunction trial where there was significant anti-social behaviour and domestic violence;
  • acting for a tenant in a possession claim where there were ongoing issues as to capacity;
  • acting for a social landlord on a committal trial where the Defendant had repeatedly breached the injunction;
  • successfully defending a housing disrepair claim brought against a local authority.

Annabel has also developed a busy homelessness practice. She advises local authorities and applicants on all aspects of homelessness and allocations policy.

She was recently led by Jonathan Manning on the case of R (Elkundi and others) v Birmingham City Council [2021] EWHC 1024 (Admin), representing Birmingham City Council on two of the linked judicial review claims (those of Ahmed and Al-Shameri). 

Public & Administrative

Since joining chambers Annabel has advised on a number of judicial review claims.

Annabel has a particular interest in claims where the Equality Act 2010 is engaged, and has recently advised on the duties owed by local authorities to transgender homeless applicants.

 


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