PSQB has the largest specialist team of Property Barristers on the north eastern circuit.
PSQB benefits from one of the largest specialist teams of Property barristers on the North Eastern Circuit, and is home to some of the leading Property barristers. Members of the team practise across the full range of a highly technical, complex and constantly evolving area of law. A full overview of the areas of specialism appears at the foot of this page.
PSQB Property members appear in courts and tribunals at all levels. The team is able to offer expertise at every level of seniority, from extremely talented pupil barristers to experienced practitioners of up to 30 years of call.
The team is widely regarded as pre-eminent in its field, undertaking a range of work and acting for clients in respect of all areas of Property law, including Local Authorities, public and private landlords, tenants of all descriptions, various applicants and other occupiers of housing.
Additionally, clients benefit from a breadth and depth in expertise. PSQB Housing members understand that client’s needs are often complex and intersect with other areas of law. Many barristers practise in related specialist teams within Chambers, such as immigration, Human Rights, Court of Protection and capacity, commercial property and leasehold disputes, TOLATA, probate and inheritance. PSQB Housing therefore offers a complete service to any professional or lay client dealing with Housing and ancillary matters of law. Links to other specialist teams can be found on the PSQB home page.
Members of the team understand that Housing problems are also often linked to other personal issues, and the team is skilled and experienced in assisting people with disabilities, physical and mental health problems, those who lack capacity and vulnerable individuals. We have a commitment to undertaking pro bono work in circumstances where legal aid may not be available.
Some members of PSQB Housing also sit as Judges in the County Court and are able to bring their expertise and experience from both sides of the bench when assisting clients.
“I just wanted to say how pleased I was with my barrister at my hearing. It was a particularly stressful case for me, but he really put me at ease and was one of the most relaxed and knowledgeable advocates I have worked with. Thank you for a great service.” – Instructing solicitor
In addition to advocacy in courts and tribunals, PSQB Housing provides a full service to clients out of court. Members will hold virtual or in-person conferences where requested, and turn around paperwork swiftly, including drafting pleadings, applications and appeal documentation. Further, comprehensive and incisive written advice on any Housing-related matter is available, and will be presented in language that is easily understood by any client. Given the breadth of expertise within the team, urgent matters requiring fast turnaround times can be easily accommodated.
The team can often be found at the forefront of Housing developments, and provides a full range of seminars and in-house training in addition to publishing research, articles and online training videos. Training can also be arranged from suitably experienced members of the team on request.
With Chambers in Leeds and Middlesbrough, PSQB Housing offers a local service across the North East, whilst the practice of members also extends across the entirety of England and Wales.
PSQB Housing is very fortunate to work with a highly dedicated and talented clerking team, who are also specialist in managing Housing matters. The clerking team are both approachable and knowledgeable, and are able to swiftly put clients in contact with the right barrister to suit their need. A range of competitive agreements are available on request.
We are active members of the Yorkshire Housing Law Practitioners’ Association (visit www.hlpa.org.uk ). This well-regarded local association meets regularly providing training and good practice guidance in the fields of housing, homelessness, residential property and community care law.
The team advises on contentious and non-contentious matters and appears across areas as diverse as:
- Anti-social behaviour (including ASBOs, injunctions, committals, possession claims and closure orders)
- Claims for possession
- Unlawful eviction and harassment
- Homelessness including Housing Act 1996 statutory reviews and Judicial Review
- Housing rights affecting those with capacity and mental health issues and physical disability
- Prosecuting and defending criminal proceedings including appeals under housing legislation
- Service charge disputes
- Human Rights
- Introductory and demoted tenancies
- Judicial Review proceedings relating to housing and social welfare issues
- Policy advice – including advising and drafting of policies for local housing authorities and registered providers of social housing on the lawfulness of their allocation policies