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.
She undertook pupillage, and began her practice, at a leading specialist set of Chambers in London before relocating to the North-East in summer 2017.
Alice was appointed to the Attorney General's regional panel of counsel in 2018 and she was appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel in 2019.
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.
Alice has significant experience in matters concerning anti-social behaviour and community safety. She regularly appears in contested possession, injunction and committal trials in the County Court. She is interested in the use of civil remedies in tackling community safety issues such as domestic violence and gang-related problems. She has appeared in high-profile ASB cases including obtaining an injunction against a prolific ‘anti 5G’ protester who had threatened councillors and staff and damaged street-lights in Gateshead. She has also obtained Closure Orders in the Magistrates’ Court and advised on Public Space Protection Orders and Community Protection Notice. She is currently involved in a complex Judicial Review concerning a Noise Abatement Notice.
Public Law & Judicial Review
Alice has a growing public law practice covering a wide-range of areas. In addition to housing and homelessness matters her practice covers social welfare, community care, environmental law and prison law.
Alice has appeared in both the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal in appeals concerning social security benefits. She has been instructed in a wide range of matters including disputes concerning housing benefit and the ‘bedroom tax’, challenges involving the ‘right to reside’ and complex claims concerning disability benefits.
Alice has been instructed in a wide range of claims brought by prisoners predominantly in relation to alleged breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998 or 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)
Case summariser, Lime Legal, “Housing Law Week” (available here)
Regular contributor, Legal Action Group, Housing Law Blog (available here)
Conviction for managing an unlicensed HMO quashed on appeal: an application must be decided before instigating a prosecution, LondonPropertyLicensing.co.uk, 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)
Selective Licensing & Company Directors, Local Government Lawyer, 19th January 2018.
Securing gang injunctions, Local Government Lawyer, 7th September 2017 (available here).
Revisiting decisions on eligibility for homelessness assistance, Local Government Lawyer, 9th June 2017.
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
EDUCATION & AWARDS
- 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 available to deliver CPD training to solicitors, advisors and clients across her specialist areas.
She is also qualified to accept instructions directly from the 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.