Annette Cafferkey

Call: 1994 

"Brilliant even in the most challenging of cases"

Legal 500

'She has appeared in every level of court and tribunal on housing matters, all the way up to the Supreme Court’

Legal 500

“A tenacious lawyer, who understands the needs of vulnerable clients”

Legal 500

‘Tremendous experience at all levels of court and tribunals.’

Legal 500

'A very thorough junior.'

Legal 500

Practice Summary

Annette specialises in landlord & tenant, housing, residential leasehold matters, local government (public law/judicial review) and education law.  She is regularly instructed by landlords (both private & public bodies), tenants, local authorities and parents (in relation to education matters). 

Annette started her career in a successful chancery set, and went on to gain experience doing general civil work before specialising in the areas mentioned above. She is recognised by the Legal 500 as “a tenacious lawyer, who understands the needs of vulnerable clients” and “brilliant even in the most challenging cases” with “tremendous experience at all levels of court and tribunals”.

Annette joined 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square in October 2018, after spending 17 years building a very successful Property and Housing practice at Arden Chambers. 

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Property & Housing

Residential landlord and tenant

Annette’s practice covers the full scope of work in this area including service and administration charges, dispensation from consultation, Right to Manage (RTM), appointment of managers, and housing standards.



Annette’s practice includes matters concerning housing standards under Part 1, Housing Act 2004, and licensing under Parts 2 and 3 of the 2004 Act, as well as environmental law.


Housing/public law

Annette has extensive experience in dealing with housing matters in a public law context, such as homelessness, allocation, alternative routes to housing, and disability discrimination


Annette has extensive experience in dealing with all residential housing matters, for tenants, families, local authorities and other public bodies. Those matters include anything from straightforward possession claims, to those based on more complicated grounds, ASB, succession disputes, and disrepair.

Shorthold tenancy

Annette has extensive experience in dealing with all matters in this area, including disputes about notices, tenancy deposits and unlawful eviction.
In relation to all of the above, Annette acts for the full spectrum of clients, tenants, applicants, local authorities, housing associations and other public bodies.

FTT (Property Chamber)

Annette appears regularly in the FTT. The areas of work she has covered in this tribunal includes service charge disputes (for both tenants, landlords (including local authorities) and managing agents, right to manage disputes, enfranchisement, breach of covenant matters and appeals relating to housing standards.

Public & Administrative

Annette’s practice in judicial review incorporates a broad area of public law, including homelessness, housing and allocation, closure of local services, provision of services under Local Offers, education matters, and public law more generally.

Annette’s education law practice relates primarily to exclusion and special educational needs matters.


Annette is a qualified mediator, having mediated in mostly in housing disputes.

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