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Tom’s well established practice covers all areas of social housing litigation and landlord and tenant disputes. He regularly writes articles and gives seminars and lectures on all aspects of housing law and is called upon to advise social landlords including local authorities, on matters of policy including homelessness, allocation and registration of social housing providers. His many years’ experience, clarity of advice and pragmatic approach is brought to bear in his particular areas of expertise.
Areas of expertise:
Incommunities v D (2014 unreported, High Court) - Appeal against committal order, sufficiency of evidence and relevance of coexisting criminal proceedings.
WDH v S (by his Litigation Friend the Official Solicitor) - Appeal involving the meaning of ‘as if they were civil partners’ in succession provisions; the scope of the proportionality review where the court has already found the defence to be ‘seriously arguable’. (2011 Permission granted by Court of Appeal, compromised before hearing).
WDH v D - Starter tenancy, public law defence, sufficiency of review and whether public law defence limited to Wednesbury unreasonableness. (2013 Permission granted by Court of Appeal for second appeal, compromised before hearing).
Wall v Sheffield CC and others  EWCA Civ 922 – secure tenancy, succession claim, whether foster child a member of the family and entitled to succeed; effect of execution of possession order later set aside; validity of subsequent grant of secure tenancy to third parties.
Leeds CC v Price (Kay v Lambeth LBC)  2 AC 465 – the scope of Article 8 ECHR as a defence to proceedings against trespassers; effect of Human Rights Act on doctrine of precedent.
Sheffield CC v Wall  EWCA Civ 495 - secure tenancy succession, residence criterion.
Smart v Sheffield CC  HLR 34 – non-secure tenant; impact of Articles 6 and 8 ECHR on proceedings for possession.
Sheffield CC v Hopkins  HLR 12 – extent of court’s discretion to suspend warrants of possession and impose terms; guidelines given for exercise of that discretion.
LB Tower Hamlets v Long (2000) 32 HLR 219 – anti-social; behaviour injunction; breach; sentencing.
"An experienced social housing litigator who has developed a dynamic practice."
"A good advocate who is very well prepared and polished."
"An approachable and passionate advocate with an in-depth degree of knowledge of housing law."
Social Housing, Chambers & Partners (2020)
Chambers & Partners Ranking Barrister (2019)
Tom regularly lectures on housing law subjects and is known for his relaxed and amusing style of presentation. Tom is also happy to provide bespoke training to housing providers on areas of particular concern, recently including defending claims for disrepair. Please contact the clerks for further details.
Tom is a liveryman of the Salters’ Company, ECB level 2 cricket coach and an active writer, director and actor.