Ian Peacock

Call: 1990 

‘He has an unsurpassed understanding of the practicalities of local government litigation’

Legal 500

“He has significant experience of appearing in key housing cases at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court”

Chambers & Partners

Practice Summary

Ian specialises in property litigation and public law.

He is an expert in homelessness and allocations law and has appeared in the County Court, the Administrative Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

He regularly acts in landlord and tenant disputes concerning both residential and business tenancies. He has particular experience of claims relating to neighbour nuisance, disrepair and service charge disputes.

He is a contributor to Macdonald on the Law of Freedom of Information and Hill and Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant.

Ian has been recommended for social housing in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

He accepts Public Access instructions in appropriate cases.

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Ian is an expert in homelessness and allocations law, regularly appearing in the County Court, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal.

He appeared (unled) in the Supreme Court in two recent homelessness cases – Nzolameso v Westminster CC [2015] UKSC 22; [2015] 2 All ER 942; [2015] HLR 22 (concerning the scope of local authorities’ duties to secure accommodation in their own areas) and Samin v Westminster CC [2016] UKSC 1; [2016] 1 WLR 481; [2016] HLR 7 (concerning eligibility for housing assistance). He also appeared in the recent allocations case R (Alemi) v Westminster CC [2015] EWHC 1765 (Admin).

Ian has experience of all aspects of housing law, including possession claims, injunctions to restrain anti-social behaviour and disrepair. Earlier in his career he played a part in the development of the concept (now abolished by statute) of the “tolerated trespasser” in the case of Greenwich RLBC v Regan (1996) 28 HLR 469.


Ian acts in landlord and tenant disputes concerning both residential and business tenancies.

In relation to residential tenancies, he has appeared in possession claims based on rent arrears, on neighbour nuisance and on other grounds. He has acted in disrepair claims and claims relating to leasehold enfranchisement and in relation to disputes over service charges, the right to buy and the right to manage.

In relation to business tenancies, he has appeared in claims for a new tenancy under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and in claims for forfeiture and terminal dilapidations. He has acted in appeals arising from rent reviews and in relation to service charge disputes.


Ian has also appeared in mortgage possession proceedings.

Local Government

Ian has acted for and advised a number of local authorities in cases involving a wide range of issues. As well as housing cases, he has acted in cases concerning social care, education, data protection and the Equality Act 2010.

He was an elected member of a London local authority for 8 years and has a clear understanding of decision making in local authorities and of the constraints under which they operate.

Public Law, Equality & Human Rights

Ian has appeared in public law cases both in a housing context and in other contexts, including cases relating to education, social care and the firefighters’ pension scheme. He has also acted in cases raising issues under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.

Public Access

Ian accepts instructions on a Public Access basis in appropriate cases.

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