Our experienced Housing and Social Welfare Team can provide advice and representation in housing disputes and in cases concerning Mental Health and Community Care law. The Team also works closely with our Court of Protection, Family Law and Criminal Law teams.
Our team has brought many leading cases concerning homelessness and the allocation of social housing and hold contracts with the Legal Aid Agency to deliver duty advice and representation in housing possession cases at the Edmonton and Romford County Courts and at the Stratford Housing Centre.
The Team is proud to be recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
A firm that specialises in a wide variety of legal aid work, Edwards Duthie Shamash provides expert advice across the full range of housing law, including homelessness and allocations, possession proceedings, disrepair and unlawful eviction. The team is particularly active in possession proceedings; it holds Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme contracts at three county courts. The ‘formidable’ James Harrison leads the team. ‘Exceptional communicator’ Simon Mullings became chair of the Housing Law Practitioners Association in 2020.
“…Broad and active spectrum of work in the field, including pro bono interventions on important issues. Run exceptionally well – efficient, resourceful solicitors dedicated to their clients”
“Simon Mullings, James Harrison and Anna O’Connell are very experienced legal aid lawyers dealing with very vulnerable clients. Very good strategic and legal brains.’
“Excellent team of caseworkers who combine a good depth and breadth of legal expertise with a determined commitment to achieving results for their clients.”
Legal 500, 2020
Experienced practice known for representing tenants in a broad range of social housing issues, including homelessness, disrepair and possession and eviction. Further strength in unlawful eviction cases and judicial reviews, with complementary expertise in community care and mental health law.
Chambers & Partners, 2020
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