Profile / Experience
I am a Solicitor in the Housing department, based in Luton. I work under the supervision of Adrian Smith.
I qualified as a solicitor in December 2011. I am deeply committed to promoting social justice. I undertake a broad range of housing work including possession, homelessness, disrepair, and judicial review matters. Many of the housing cases I deal with concern overlapping duties owed under other legislation including the Care Act and Equality Act. I frequently act for vulnerable client including refugees and victims of trafficking.
I have a particular interest in the area of homelessness. I represented a domestic abuse survivor, successfully challenging a negative decision that found the client to be intentionally homeless. My review representations relied heavily on the local authority’s failure to follow its own policies and the national strategy on domestic violence. The local authority overturned its decision in September 2018, and on 12 September 2019 the council apologised to my client on a BBC show for the delay in accepting the full homelessness duty towards the client. In October 2017 I contributed an article to LAG on the additional duties owed to victims of trafficking applying as homeless.