Alice specialises in public law, housing, landlord & tenant and property law. She has a particular interest in cases involving discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, human rights and capacity issues.

Alice has appeared in courts and tribunals at all levels including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Alice is a member of the Attorney General's regional B panel of counsel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel.

Alice is not currently accepting instructions.

Housing/Landlord & Tenant

Alice’s practice covers all aspects of landlord and tenant and social housing litigation, including possession, homelessness, allocations, anti-social behaviour, tenancy deposits, unlawful eviction, disrepair and housing conditions, tenancy fraud, succession and assignment. 

Public Law & Judicial Review

In addition to housing and homelessness matters Alice’s public law practice covers social security, community care, environmental law and prison law.

Alice has significant experience in cases concerning alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. 


Alice’s practice also covers traditional chancery work and she has particular experience of TOLATA claims, dilapidations, disrepair, possession and related disputes including breach of covenant, forfeiture and relief. She accepts instructions in leasehold disputes including service charges, property management and enfranchisement.


Alice is regularly instructed in regulatory matters in her specialist areas, including:

  • Prosecutions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
  • Rent Repayment Orders in the First Tier Tribunal.
  • Closure Orders in the Magistrates’ Court.
  • HMO licensing prosecutions. 
  • Abatement of nuisance.
  • Advising on licensing schemes under the Housing Act 2004.

Court of Protection

Alice has a developing Court of Protection practice and is regularly instructed in matters concerning both Property and Affairs and Health and Welfare Matters. She has been instructed by local authorities, professional deputies and on behalf of the Official Solicitor.

She is also regularly instructed in County Court matters in proceedings involving parties lacking capacity particularly those which arise in the context of housing and homelessness.


  • Attorney General's Regional B Panel of Counsel (2021 - 2026)
  • Attorney General's Regional C Panel of Counsel (2018 - 2021)
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel for England & Wales (2019 - 2023)


The ‘reasonable recipient’ test and possession notices (Pease v Carter), Lexis PSL, 20th February 2020 (available here)

Conviction for managing an unlicensed HMO quashed on appeal: an application must be decided before instigating a prosecution,, 19th July 2018 (available here)

The right to rent and local authorities’ duties (R v Milton Keynes Council), Lexis PSL,19th January 2018 (available here)

Proportionality and Private Landlords, Solicitor’s Journal 2016, 160(36) Supp (Bar Focus), 24-27.

Ali v United Kingdom: Homelessness Appeals and the Right to a Fair Trial, Journal of Housing Law 2016, Vol.19(2), 38-42.


  • Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Housing Law Practitioners' Association
  • Social Housing Law Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers' Association
  • Court of Protection Practitioners Association


  • Sir Joseph Priestly Scholarship 2013- The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Internship Award 2013- The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship 2012 - The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Exhibition Award (BPTC) 2012- The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Best New Student Pro-Bono Activity 2012 - LawWorks/Attorney-General’s Awards
  • 2011-2013 Bar Professional Training Course (Part-time) “Very Competent”, College of Law, London Bloomsbury
  • 2007-2010 LLB (Hons) 2.1, The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne


Alice is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public through the Direct Access scheme.

Alice undertook a four-month internship with Reprieve working pro-bono on death penalty cases at a Texas law office prior to commencing pupillage. She continues to undertake pro-bono work including through the Bar Pro Bono Unit/ Advocate.

Clerking team

Paul McNab

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk (Leeds)

0113 3235 955

Lead Civil Clerk

0191 245 9589

Lead Employment Clerk & Civil Clerk

0191 300 9359

Civil Clerk

0191 245 9556

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

01642 247 569

Lead Family Clerk

0191 245 9551

Family & Immigration Clerk

0191 245 9531
  • "Alice is a confident and highly-organised barrister. She is open and transparent at all times when dealing with her client."

    Legal 500 2022

  • "A rising star of the Bar"

    Social Housing - Rising Star, Legal 500 2022

  • "An exceptionally well-rounded performer; real depth of knowledge in residential property law"

    Rising Star - Property & Construction, Legal 500 2021

  • "Very creative and excellent at spotting a new point, Alice is very thorough in her work and has strong advocacy skills"

    Rising Star -Administrative & Public Law, Legal 500 2021

  • "Extremely knowledgeable about Administrative and equality law", "relaxed and calm and with a very good paper presentation of a case" and also "knowledgeable about funding possibilities which can appear as an adjunct to many other areas"

    Rising Star - Administrative & Public Law, Legal 500 2021

  • "The go-to barrister in Newcastle for this kind of work"

    Rising Star - Social Housing, Legal 500 2021

Lack of capacity was not an ‘other status’ under Article 14 and Regulations 8, 10, 12A and 12B of the Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) Regulations 1991 (the ‘hospitalisation rule’) had an objective and reasonable justification.

The Court of Appeal considered the correct approach to requests made to lessee-owned property management companies under s.116 Companies Act 2006. It was not improper to obtain contact information for other members to propose resolutions to replace the existing directors and managing agent. Whilst rights as a leaseholder and as a shareholder are distinct, it was impossible to draw a sharp dividing line between the covenants under the lease and the affairs of the company.

Successfully represented the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions defending a challenge to the lawfulness of the 28 day ‘hospitalisation rule’ in the Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) Regulations 1991. The Upper Tribunal held that a lack of capacity was not an ‘other status’ for the purposes of Art.14 and the rule did not unlawfully discriminate against disabled adults in hospital. 

Judicial review of a decision to serve a noise abatement notice on a person with an involuntary vocalisation disorder primarily on the basis of disability discrimination under the Equality Act. The High Court agreed that the matter could proceed by way of judicial review notwithstanding the existence of a right to a statutory appeal as it was ‘uncertain’ whether the Magistrates’ Court had jurisdiction to consider the EA points.

Successfully represented a private landlord in a second appeal, to the Court of Appeal, on the applicability of the “reasonable recipient” test and “substantially to the same effect” provisions to possession notices served under s.8 Housing Act 1988.

It was an entirely proper and legitimate purpose for a member of a lessee-owned property management company to seek to inspect the register of members in order to pursue the objective of effecting a change of managing agents.

Successfully represented a tenant, pro-bono, in an appeal against the decision of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to grant a Rent Repayment Order of £1. The judge held that there had been a breach of natural justice, the appeal was allowed on all grounds and the matter remitted to the FTT for a re-hearing.

Successfully represented a lessee-owned property management company in an application to the High Court seeking a direction that it need not comply with a shareholder’s request to inspect the register of members. The request was not made for a “proper purpose” because Mr Barton sought to pursue his rights as a leaseholder, not as a member of the company.

Represented the Secretary of State in this appeal concerning the test for “genuine and effective work" in relation to an EU citizen’s right to reside in the UK. The judge praised Alice’s “measured and thoughtful questioning and submissions

Successful appeal against conviction for failure to license an HMO under s.72(1) Housing Act 2004 on the basis of abuse of process. The authority had taken the decision to prosecute despite failing to deal with the landlord’s application for a license pursuant to the Act.

Successfully defeated the local authority’s appeal to the Court of Appeal. The authority were not entitled to ‘revise’ their positive decision on Mr Sambotin’s homelessness application notwithstanding the fact that a local connection referral was outstanding.

Successfully represented the local authority in the largest ever gang-injunction application against 18 members of rival gangs engaging in serious anti-social behaviour. The case received national media attention.

Successfully represented the claimant in a judicial review of a local authority’s decision to revoke a decision made under Part 7, Housing Act 1996.

Successfully opposed an appeal to the Court of Appeal on the lawfulness of a suspended sentence for breach of a gang injunction.

Successfully acted for the RLA, an intervener, in the Supreme Court on the applicability of an Article 8 defence in possession proceedings brought by a private landlord.