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Alice Richardson
Call 2013
Specialisms: Chancery, Administrative and Public, Regulatory, Mental Health, Licensing
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a.richardson@trinitychambers.co.uk

Alice Richardson


Alice specialises in public law and judicial review, housing and homelessness, 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.

SPECIALISMS

Housing

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

Public Law & Judicial Review

Alice has a growing public law practise covering a wide-range of areas. In addition to housing and homelessness matters her practise 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. 

Property

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.

She is also regularly instructed in regulatory matters 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. 

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.

NOTABLE CASES

Hartlepool Borough Council v Barker, Middlesbrough County Court, HHJ Gargan, 26th March 2019 – obtained a general civil restraint order on behalf of a local authority.

Pandongate House Management Co Ltd v Barton, High Court, Newcastle District Registry, HHJ Kramer (sitting as a High Court Judge) 25th January 2019 – 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.

KD v SSWP, CJSA/1156/2018, Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber- 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”.

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council v Steel Newcastle County Court, Recorder Nolan QC, 11th October 2018, successfully obtained an anti-social behaviour injunction against a prolific anti-5G protester who had threatened councillors and staff and damaged street-lights in Gateshead.

R (Sambotin) v Brent LBC [2018] EWCA Civ 1826 (junior counsel) – 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.

Mirza (1) City Based Lettings Limited (2) v Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Crown Court, HHJ Gittins, 8th June 2018 – 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.

Henry v Home Group Ltd, Newcastle County Court, HHJ Kramer, 21st May 2018 – appeal concerning whether a landlord is obliged to make an EPC certificate available to the tenant of a room in shared-accommodation, and whether a failure to do so invalidates a notice served under s.21 Housing Act 1988.

Birmingham City Council v Jerome Jones & 17 Others, Birmingham County Court, HHJ C Wall, 12th July 2017 (junior counsel) - successfully represented the applicant in the largest ever gang-injunction application.

R (Sambotin) v Brent LBC [2017] EWHC 1190 (Admin); [2017] 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 [2016] EWCA Civ 1339 (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 [2016] UKSC 28; [2017] AC 273; [2016] 3 WLR 45; [2017] 1 All ER 961; [2016] HRLR 18; [2017] BPIR 728; [2016] HLR 28; [2017] L & TR 9; [2016] 2 P& CR.DG 22; Times, June 29, 2016. (junior counsel) – 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.

Firoozmand v Lambeth LBC [2015] EWCA Civ 952; [2016] PTSR 65; [2015] 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 [2014] EWHC 4173 (Admin); [2015] 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.

APPOINTMENTS

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

PUBLICATIONS

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 (available here)

Securing gang injunctions, Local Government Lawyer, 7th September 2017 (available here).

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.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • 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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.