Rhiannon Jones

Rhiannon Jones

Associate Solicitor, Head of Housing Law

I am Head of the Housing Team at Minton Morrill.  I have experience within housing of dealing with anti-social behaviour cases, illegal evictions, rent possession cases, disrepair, injunction proceedings, homelessness and Judicial Reviews.  I have experience of acting for Protected parties including in cases with the Official Solicitor.  I have cases in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

I currently administer the Leeds County Court Possession Day Duty Scheme which is a scheme run by the Legal Aid Agency to provide last minute advice and representation to Defendants who are facing repossession and/or eviction by their landlord or mortgage lender.

I also specialise in Gypsy & Traveller law and I have conducted cases in County Courts across the country, in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, arguing issues such as the need to take into account the failure of authorities to provide sites, Equality Act and discrimination points, as well as Article 8 and the taking into account of individual rights and the best interest of children.

I also have experience of representing clients in injunction proceedings and I successfully represented clients in applying to set aside a city-wide injunction brought against persons unknown under s222 Local Government Act.  I also defend clients in injunctions proceedings brought by the Local Authority under s1 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

In addition to Housing work I also undertake Community Care cases. This can include obtaining assessments of Care and Support needs, assessments for Carers, the provision of services, challenges to Care and Support Plans and Judicial Reviews in relation to the provision of services and accommodation.  Often there is a large interplay between my Housing work and Community Care work.

I am also experienced in the Court of Protection with Welfare cases including acting for the Protected party and other family members. Other work can include s21A challenges to standard authorisations (DOLS) (Welfare) cases.

I have an extensive knowledge of welfare benefits and have taken challenges against Local Authorities decisions not to award Discretionary Housing Payments.  I have also previously acted in the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunal in relation to benefit appeals.

Prior to training as a solicitor I worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau and specialised in debt advice including housing and welfare benefits.  I am dedicated to publically funded work and I am passionate about ensuring the most vulnerable in society are able to access and obtain high quality legal advice and representation.

Client comments:

“Very friendly, easy to understand, no jargon and knew her stuff”

Knowledgeable and very professional and she went out of her way to ensure that the end decision was just and fair”

“Exceptionally helpful, thoughtful, quick to respond and above all competent.  I have the highest regard for her and her firm”

“Best Ever!”

“Rhiannon Jones did everything for me without her I would have lost my home”

Awards:

2016: Shortlisted in the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (in the ‘Newcomer’ category)

2016: Highly Commended in the Junior Lawyer category at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards.

Recommendations:

Legal 500: recommended for Public Law and part of the recognised Court of Protection Team

Chambers 2016: Notable practitioner for Social Housing

Reported Cases:

ANN DEAR v (1) SECRETARY OF STATE FOR COMMUNITIES & LOCAL GOVERNMENT (2) DONCASTER MBC (2015) [2015] EWHC 29 (Admin)

ZIFFORAH TYRRELL (Claimant) v HM SENIOR CORONER COUNTY DURHAM & DARLINGTON (Defendant) & MINISTRY OF JUSTICE (Interested Party) (2016)

(1) MULVENNA (2) SMITH (Claimants) v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR COMMUNITIES & LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Defendant) & EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION (Intervener) (2015)

Unreported:

Leeds City Council v Persons Unknown and others [2014 – unreported]  – successful challenge to a s222 Injunction. Also involved two successful applications to the Legal Aid Agency for Exceptional Case Funding.

Memberships:

Leeds County Court Housing User Committee, Rightsnet (Benefit Advice), Yorkshire Housing Law Practitioners Association (Steering Committee Member), Legal Aid Practicioners Group,. Court of Protection Practitioners Association (‘CoPPA’) for Yorkshire & The Humber.