Practice Summary

Prior to joining Chambers in 2000, John had been an elected member of a London borough for 18 years, 5 as the leader of the authority. That experience has given John insight and understanding into how local authorities work in practice and the constraints they work under as well as a broad knowledge of local government law.

John has developed a practice covering all areas of housing law; local government law; landlord and tenant (both residential and business tenancies); and aspects of public law.

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John’s practice covers all aspects of housing law, including possession proceedings under Housing Acts 1985 and 1988 and the Rent Act 1977; right to buy/acquire; disrepair and nuisance; succession; unlawful eviction and harassment claims.

John has appeared for the landlord as defendant in the magistrates’ court in a number of cases on statutory nuisance under section 82, Environmental Protection Act 1990.


John advises and represents both local housing authorities and appellants in section 204 and 204A appeals. He has appeared, as junior counsel, in a number of homelessness cases in the Court of Appeal.

Anti-Social Behaviour

John has extensive experience in this area of work having represented local authorities, registered social providers and defendants under the previous statutory regime in proceedings for possession, injunctions (ASBIs), and anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) and more recently in proceedings under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

John’s experience covers all aspects of this area of work from drafting pleadings through to committal applications for breach of undertakings/injunction orders.

Local Government

John has extensive practical experience of local government having been an elected member for some 18 years.

He advises local authorities on a wide range of policy issues including finance; housing allocation; freedom of information and data protection.

Residential and Commercial Landlord & Tenant

John advises and represents both landlord and tenants on all aspects of residential landlord and tenant work and on business tenancy issues (possession and renewal) under the Landlord and Tenant act 1954.

Real Property

John advises and appears at FTT (Property) in service charge cases.

Public Law

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