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Housing & Social Welfare

We specialise in all areas of social welfare law

Housing And Social Welfare

Experts in Housing & Social Welfare

Edwards Duthie Shamash has a team of experienced and committed lawyers specialising in all areas of social welfare law. We can advise you regarding a wide range of housing cases including homelessness, repossession of both rented and mortgaged property, disrepair, unlawful eviction and cases concerning the allocation of social housing.  We also offer expert advice and assistance in community care and mental health cases.

Almost all of our work is funded by legal aid.  Please follow this link to establish whether you qualify for legal aid.

Approachable lawyers

We know that housing problems can be very worrying and stressful. Our approachable and knowledgeable housing lawyers have the skills and experience to guide you whatever the nature of the difficulties that you face.

Our dedicated team of lawyers work to the highest standards and are able to deal swiftly, sensitively and effectively with cases at all levels, from straightforward housing problems to complex cases in the Appeal Courts.

Strong community links

We have developed strong links with the community, including Citizens Advice, and are proud of the seamless referral systems that we have developed with these organisations. We are proud of the good working relationship we have developed over many years with local Councils including Newham, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Epping Forest. 

We have contracts with the Legal Aid Agency to provide duty advice in relation to repossessions at the Edmonton and Romford County Courts and at the Stratford Housing Centre. 

Strong reputation

Our housing team has an excellent reputation and has conducted a number of leading cases in the field of housing law over many years.  The Team is recognised in the Legal 500 and by Chambers & Partners. Our lawyers are deeply committed to defending and supporting housing rights. Whether you need help with securing housing support from your local authority, challenging a homelessness decision, defending possession proceedings or ensuring that your home is repaired, safe and secure, our lawyers are on hand to give you the advice and assistance you need.

Client Reviews

“Dear Simon, I just thought I would email you to tell you how grateful I am with your help in helping me get the DRO. I had problems in the past dealing with other Solicitors that, in the end, took years to resolve, so I was extremely nervous about having to deal with any sort of solicitors again, but you were absolutely brilliant and I can’t praise you enough! The amount of stress you have removed from my shoulders cannot be quantified and I just had to let you know this one more time. Thank you, I just don’t have the words to tell you how happy I am that I eventually met you! I wish you all the very best in everything you ever do for eternity and beyond.”
— Client of Simon May
“Dear Simon, a big relief all round. I wish you all the best with future cases and hope other unfortunate people can gain from you unrelenting drive and professionalism. One less worry now. Thank you.”
— Client of Simon May
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