Stephanie read for a BA in Jurisprudence at Oxford University and joined Chambers in 2006 after completing her pupillage. She represents and advises on all aspects of housing, commercial landlord and tenant and property law, appearing in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and the County Court.
She was an Assistant Deputy Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Housing Law from 2008 until 2012. In 2013 she attended a round-table meeting with the Minister for Housing and Sir Peter Bottomley MP in relation to proposed leasehold reform. She is recommended in Chambers and Partners for Social Housing where she is described as a “great all-rounder” who “demonstrates prowess across all areas of landlord and tenant law, including residential and commercial possession matters”.
She provides training on leasehold and property disputes, anti-social behaviour, homelessness, judicial review and possession proceedings.
Early in her career, Stephanie was periodically seconded to a large local authority to advise and represent on all aspects of anti-social behaviour. She regularly acts for local authorities in relation to obtaining and enforcing injunctions preventing nuisance and annoyance and possession proceedings. She has expertise in the new legislative scheme under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and can provide training on the new powers available to local authorities and the police.
Stephanie has experience in all aspects of housing, including leasehold disputes (construction of covenant, service charge recovery, appointment of managers, enfranchisement, right to manage, lease extensions), possession proceedings, the right to buy, shared ownership, housing fraud, disrepair/dilapidations and unlawful eviction/harassment.
Stephanie regularly appears in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in respect of residential leasehold matters. In 2011, she was nominated for the Bar Pro Bono Award, primarily for her work on Oaklands Court Worthing Residents Association v Oaklands Court Pension Fund (CHI/45UH/LIS/2011/0031).
Stephanie routinely represents and advises both local authorities and applicants in homelessness matters including s.204 appeals and applications to the High Court for judicial review of refusals to accept applications and provide accommodation under ss.188(1) and (3).
Stephanie also has experience of prosecuting breach of bye-laws, successfully appearing in the Crown Court on appeal and coroner’s inquests (particularly death arising from carbon-monoxide poisoning).
Stephanie’s practice regularly involves public law issues. Her recent appearances in the Court of Appeal in Wilson and Haque (see below) concerned the interrelationship between the public-sector equality duty under s.149, Equality Act 2010 (in the context of disability) and local authority homelessness functions. She has acted for both local authorities and tenants in possession proceedings raising equality and human rights defences.
Stephanie has also advised and represented local authorities and
private individuals in cases concerning disputes over freehold and
leasehold land (both residential and commercial) as well as adverse
possession and encroachment.
She acts in cases concerning inheritance disputes, trusts of the
family home, the Party Walls etc. Act 1996 and other boundary disputes.
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