I have specialised in housing law for over ten years and completed my training with another local firm. I have been Head of Housing & Social Welfare Law since October 2018.
Throughout my career I have acted for tenants in a wide range of housing matters including disrepair, defending possession proceedings, challenging the local authority in relation to their duties to homeless clients, anti-social behaviour injunctions, closure orders, harassment and unlawful evictions.
I specialise in defending vulnerable tenants in possession proceedings and act on behalf of the Official Solicitor on cases where tenants lack capacity to litigate. I also specialise in housing disrepair cases, assisting tenants to challenge their landlords over unacceptable housing conditions and claim compensation for their losses.
I manage community care files for clients. I help identify care and support needs and arrange relevant assessments by social workers, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and other specialists for clients with a range of complex and long term mental and physical health issues. This work ensures the most vulnerable tenants have their long term health needs protected with the right support in place to enable independent living.
I am manager of the Leeds Housing Court Duty Possession Scheme (Legal Aid Agency), where free legal advice is offered to any defendant facing possession proceedings in Leeds County Court. I have represented clients facing a wide variety of possession claims at the Duty Scheme in Leeds and the various other county courts in Yorkshire for over 10 years.