Anneli Robins

Call: 2011 

“absolutely brilliant”

Client

"fantastic on her feet”

Client

‘Strong in housing-related appeals and matters involving children and vulnerable adults’

Legal 500

"Super Anneli strikes again! Appeal granted!”

Chambers Client

‘Extremely thorough and detailed, thinks outside the box, likes to consider new angles. Excellent on her feet and paperwork and excellent pleadings. Great with clients. An all around excellent barrister.’

Legal 500 2021

“an exceptional counsel of outstanding ability”.

Client

Practice Summary

Anneli is described as “fantastic on her feet”, “absolutely brilliant”, and “an exceptional counsel of outstanding ability”.  She is ranked as a leading junior in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

She specialises in property, housing, public law and the Equality Act 2010, with an emphasis on technical arguments, practical solutions and vulnerable defendants.

Anneli frequently provides early tactical advice to those contemplating or expecting proceedings so as to develop a strategy in order to increase prospects of success.

In January 2022, Anneli will be appearing in the Supreme Court for the respondent in Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2021] QB 962.  The outcome of this case will affect at least 30,000 tenancies. 

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Housing

Anneli has specialist experience in all areas of housing law, both for and against social and private landlords; including but not limited to:

  • All forms of possession proceedings
  • Judicial review
  • Homelessness
  • Claims under the Equality Act 2010
  • Disrepair and housing conditions generally
  • Unlawful evictions
  • Anti-social behaviour injunctions and injunctions generally
  • Committal proceedings
  • Rent repayment orders and proceedings against ‘rogue’ landlords.

She has recently acted for the local authority in Ms Kaltun Bullale v City of Westminster Council [2020] EWCA Civ 1587; the social housing provider in Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust Ltd v Richens [2020] 3 WLUK 686, the claimant tenant in R (on the application of Kalonga) v Croydon LBC  [2021] 8 WLUK 15 (Admin) (due to be heard in the Court of Appeal in April 2022), and for the defendant tenant in Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2021] QB 962 (due to be heard in the Supreme Court in January 2022).

She has further been involved in many leading cases including assisting in the seminal cases of Sims v Dacorum BC [2013] EWCA Civ 12, R (CN) v Lewisham LBC and SSCLG; R (ZH) v Newham LBC [2013] H.L.R. 46, Secretary of State for Transport v Nicholas [2013] EWHC 2945 (Ch), R (MA and others) v Secretary of State [2014] EWCA Civ 13, Swan Housing Association Ltd v Gill [2014] 1 P. & C.R. DG12, R (JS) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2014] EWCA Civ 156., Mohamoud v Kensington & Chelsea RLBC [2015] EWCA Civ 780, and Birmingham City Council v Stephenson [2016] HLR 44.

Anti-Social Behaviour

Anneli regularly advises and appears for both claimants and defendants in all matters relating to anti-social behaviour, including:

  • Possession actions against trespassers, licensees, shared ownership lessees, secure, assured, assured shorthold, introductory, flexible, and ‘Rent Act’ tenants.
  • Gang injunctions pursuant to the Crime and Policing Act 2009.
  • Anti-social behaviour injunctions, Closure Orders, Public Spaces Protection Orders, and Community Protection Orders pursuant to the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
  • Injunction appeals from the Youth Court to the Crown Court, and appeals within the County Court.
  • Committal proceedings.
  • Applications to purge contempt.

For nine months she acted in-house for a local authority covering all their ‘anti-social behaviour’ cases including court appearances, pleadings, and drafting the pro forma documents used for injunctions, closure notices and closure orders under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. 

Public

One client recently commented, “One of the reasons I instruct Anneli is that I know that she will handle clients well and they will respond to her. My clients often have mental health problems or language difficulties and Anneli has an ability to calm them, explain things clearly to them, and obtain informed instructions.”

Anneli’s work frequently involves the most vulnerable in society. As such, issues under the Children Act 1989, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, the Mental Health Act 1983, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the Children Act 2004, and the Care Act 2014, as well as matters of traditional public law, regularly feature in her practice.  She acts for the Official Solicitor.

She appeared on behalf of the local authority in the Court of Appeal case Birmingham City Council v Stephenson [2016] HLR 44, which addressed the correct procedural approach to disability discrimination defences to possession claims.

She is currently acting for the appellant in R (on the application of Kalonga) v Croydon LBC [2021] EWHC 2174 (Admin) a case which queries whether an extension of time can be given for a request for a review without an express statutory power to do so within the secure flexible tenancy regime.  This decision will potentially affect inter alia secure, introductory, flexible and demoted tenancies.

Local Government

Many of Anneli’s cases relate to the action or inaction of a public body. Her work embraces a broad spectrum of local government law and practice. Please see other areas of practice.

Real Property

Anneli appears in and advises on cases involving restrictive covenants, easements, adverse possession, propriety estoppel, boundary disputes, property management, residential and commercial services charges, leasehold guarantees, forfeiture, defective buildings, rent repayment orders and orders for sale.

Regulatory, Professional Discipline & Business Crime

Anneli’s practice in this area spans the entirety of Chambers’ work including actions involving the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Housing Act 2004, housing conditions and standards, tenancy deposits, HMOs, Rent Repayment Orders, financial penalties, rogue landlords, as well as matters in relation to the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013.


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