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Dianne Cowie , Duncan Lewis , Housing Solicitor , Croydon

Dianne Cowie

Director & Solicitor

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Awards Recommendation for Dianne Cowie
Legal 500 Chambers

Dianne Cowie offers considerable expertise in possession proceedings, tenancy disputes and homelessness appeals. She "never fails to impress," say sources, who highlight her "grasp of the legal issues and her clear, straightforward and straight-talking manner" as key strengths.

Chambers UK 2020 Edition.
Social Housing: Tenants / UK-wide

Dianne is a Recommended Lawyer in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500.

Legal 500 2020 Edition.
Social Housing: Tenant / London

"...knowledgeable and efficient housing practitioner..."

Chambers UK 2019 Edition.
Housing / UK-wide

Dianne Cowie is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 where her experience with disrepair claims is noted.

Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Housing / London

Dianne Cowie of Duncan Lewis maintains her impressive housing litigation practice and has significant expertise in disrepair claims and homelessness appeals. She is also noted for her work in possession matters.

Chambers UK 2018 Edition.
Social Housing: Tenant / UK-wide

"Dianne Cowie is the 'go to' name for housing disrepair matters."

Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Social Housing: Tenant / London

"An excellent litigator who has been involved in social housing cases at all levels”.

Chambers UK 2016 Edition.
Social Housing: Tenant / London
I am a Director of Housing at Duncan Lewis, based in the Croydon branch. The team I supervise consist of trainee solicitors and solicitors who carry out a large range of social housing work. The team also assists in running various bro bono clinics helping vulnerable people.

I specialise in acting for both landlords and tenants in matters including; disrepair; possession proceedings; injunction and committal proceedings; homelessness appeals and judicial reviews. I also have extensive experience of cases which have been decided in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

I have a specialism in housing disrepair matters helping tenants and leaseholders ensure repairs are carried out to their properties and when possible obtaining compensation for clients affected by disrepair. I am highly experienced in possession matters and in particular, matters involving allegations of anti-social behaviour, often in respect of vulnerable clients.

I am recognised as a Recommended Individual in the 2019 edition of The UK Legal 500 and I am ranked in the 2019 edition of legal directory Chambers and Partners UK for my work in social housing.

Having practised since 2003, I have a wealth of experience and a track record of delivering the best results for clients. I aim to deliver with the mind-set that settlement and negotiation is often key to the best result.


  • The College of Law, London - Legal Practice Course
  • Nottingham Trent University - Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (LLB)


  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2015-present
  • Fisher Meredith Solicitors, London 2011-2014
  • Oliver Fisher Solicitors, London 2000-2011


  • Ranked - Chambers and Partners UK, 2019 edition - Social Housing-Tenants/UK-wide
  • Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2019 edition - Social Housing-Tenant/London
  • Ranked - Chambers and Partners UK, 2018 edition - Social Housing-Tenants/UK-wide
  • Recommended Individual - The Legal 500, 2017 edition - Social Housing-Tenant/London


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