Chris Dykes

Chris is a solicitor in the Public Law department, working under the supervision of Anna O’Connell. Chris deals with matters falling within scope of Housing, Public Law, Community Care and the Court of Protection.

Chris joined Steel and Shamash in June 2015 working as a paralegal. He completed his training working under the supervision of Anna O’Connell, Chris Callender and Andrew Bowmer, qualifying in August 2018.

Experience & Areas of Expertise

Chris is experienced in judicial review cases and has assisted in bringing crucial matters before the High Court, often in emergencies with urgent injunctions required, particularly around issues engaging ss.17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989. He has a wealth of experience in Court of Protection matters, taking instructions from the Official Solicitor in proceedings concerning the best interests of vulnerable adults, as well as challenges under s.21A of the Mental Capacity Act concerning the operation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Chris also works for clients with housing issues and has extensive experience with the Housing Act 1996, challenging s.184 decision letters, working on s.202 reviews and bringing judicial reviews on the failure of a local authority to exercise its discretion to provide temporary accommodation.

Prior to joining Steel and Shamash, Chris worked for many years in a frontline NGO advice centre for homeless and vulnerably housed people, as well as volunteering for organisations such as Street Rescue and Citizens Advice Bureau. From these experiences he developed a valuable insight into areas such as homelessness, welfare benefits, mental health and debt. This enables him to approach cases in a holistic manner to provide an invaluable service for clients. He has a tireless commitment to working towards ensuring local authorities meet their legal obligations towards some of the most marginalised members of society.

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