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Alice practises primarily in the Housing, Local Government and Property sectors. She undertook pupillage, and began her practice, at a leading specialist set of Chambers in London before relocating to the North-East recently.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Alice worked as a housing advisor for three years specialising in homelessness and community care. She has a particular interest in cases involving discrimination, human rights, capacity issues and public law/judicial review. She acts for local authorities, social landlords and private landlords as well as tenants and other individuals.
Alice’s practice covers all aspects of housing law including possession, homelessness, allocations, anti-social behaviour, unlawful eviction, disrepair, succession and assignment. She has participated in secondment schemes to two local authorities and to a large housing association. As part of those secondments she managed an active caseload covering a broad spectrum of housing matters.
Alice has a particular interest in homelessness cases and has been instructed in both s.204 appeals and applications for judicial review. In the recent case of R (Sambotin) v Brent LBC  EWHC 1190 (Admin) she 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. During pupillage, she assisted on a number of homelessness matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal including Firoozmand v Lambeth LBC  EWCA Civ 952;  PTSR 65;  HLR 45.
Alice also 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. Recently Alice was junior counsel in the case of Birmingham City Council v Jerome Jones & 17 others (Birmingham County Court, ex tempore judgment, 12th July 2017) successfully representing the applicant in the largest ever gang-injunction application. Alice was also junior counsel on behalf of the local authority, in Christie v Birmingham City Council  EWCA Civ 1339 in which the Court of Appeal considered the lawfulness of a suspended sentence for breach of a gang injunction. She has also obtained Closure Orders on behalf of Local Authorities in the Magistrates’ Court and has advised on Public Space Protection Orders and Community Protection Notices.
In addition to the above Alice advises and acts in a wide range of public law and local government matters. She has advised on social housing fraud and the right to buy as well as housing policy and procedure.
She is also able to advise on issues arising out of mandatory, selective and additional licensing schemes under the Housing Act 2004. During pupillage she assisted in R (Regas) v Enfield LBC  EWHC 4173 (Admin);  HLR 14, a successful judicial review challenging a local authority’s additional and selective licensing schemes under the Housing Act 2004.
Alice is instructed in cases concerning social care for those facing homelessness or living in unsuitable accommodation. She has been instructed in judicial review proceedings concerning the provision of accommodation under the Children Act 1989 and the Care Act 2014.
Alice has also been instructed in cases concerning issues of mental capacity and is particularly interested in Court of Protection cases concerning housing, community care and property.
Alice accepts instructions from both landlords and tenants. She has experience of possession claims and related disputes including breach of covenant, forfeiture and relief.
Alice was junior counsel for the Residential Landlord’s Association (“RLA”) in the Supreme Court case of McDonald v McDonald  UKSC 28;  AC 273;  3 WLR 45;  1 All ER 961;  HRLR 18;  BPIR 728;  HLR 28;  L & TR 9;  2 P& CR.DG 22; Times, June 29, 2016. The RLA intervened by way of written submissions on the applicability of an Article 8 defence in possession proceedings brought by a private landlord.
Alice appears in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and she accepts instructions in leasehold disputes including service charges, property management and enfranchisement.
Alice accepts instructions in all matters concerning mental capacity but particularly those which arise in the context of housing or community care issues.
She has appeared in the Court of Protection and advised on cases concerning property and affairs. She was recently instructed by a deputy seeking authority to litigate following defective works undertaken to the patient’s property.
Alice undertakes regulatory work and has advised and represented clients in matters such as:
Birmingham City Council v Jerome Jones & 17 others, Birmingham County Court, 12th July 2017 (junior counsel) successfully represented the applicant in the largest ever gang-injunction application.
R (Sambotin) v Brent LBC  EWHC 1190 (Admin);  HLR 31 – 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.
Christie v Birmingham CC  EWCA Civ 1339, unreported, 14 December 2016, CA (junior counsel) – successfully opposed an appeal to the Court of Appeal on the lawfulness of a suspended sentence for breach of a gang injunction
McDonald v McDonald  UKSC 28;  AC 273;  3 WLR 45;  1 All ER 961;  HRLR 18;  BPIR 728;  HLR 28;  L & TR 9;  2 P& CR.DG 22; Times, June 29, 2016. (junior counsel) – successfully acted for the RLA, an intervener by way of written submissions, in the Supreme Court on the applicability of an Article 8 defence in possession proceedings brought by a private landlord.
Firoozmand v Lambeth LBC  EWCA Civ 952;  PTSR 65;  HLR 45 (assisted as a pupil) - an appeal to the Court of Appeal on local authorities’ duties when a homeless applicant complains about the suitability of accommodation.
R (Regas) v Enfield LBC  EWHC 4173 (Admin);  HLR 14 (assisted as a pupil) a – a successful judicial review challenging a local authority’s additional and selective licensing schemes under the Housing Act 2004.
Revisiting decisions on eligibility for homelessness assistance, Local Government Lawyer, 9th June 2017 (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.
Alice is a regular contributor to the Legal Action Group Housing Law Blog (available here). Blog posts include:
Bedroom Tax: Round 2, 7 May 2017
Joined up thinking, 13 April 2017
Showing your workings, 2 February 2017
A long and winding road, yet there is still further to go…, 7 December 2016
The Right to Buy – Where are we now?, 7 October 2016
The Equality Act – What next?, 12 September 2016
Allocation, Allocation, Allocation (Part 2), 15 August 2016
Allocation, Allocation, Allocation (Part 1), 1 August 2016
Anti-Social Behaviour & Sentencing for Contempt: A Recap, 13 July 2016
Step children and succession after divorce, 4 June 2016
The Right to Rent and the Immigration Act 2016, 21 June 2016.
Social Housing Law Association
Property Bar Association
Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association
Housing Law 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 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.