Housing Law Barristers

  • Anti-social behaviour (including injunctions, committals, possession claims and closure orders)
  • Disrepair & Fitness for Human Habitation
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Homelessness
  • Houses in Multiple Occupation- mandatory, selective and additional licensing regimes
  • Human Rights
  • Introductory and demoted tenancies
  • Right to Buy
  • Allocations
  • Judicial Review
  • Possession proceedings
  • Local Authority enforcement: rent repayment/banning/prohibition orders, improvement notices/civil penalty notices
  • Service charges and other leasehold disputes
  • Social Housing fraud
  • Succession
  • Tenancy deposits
  • Travellers
  • Trespass
  • Unlawful eviction and harassment


COVID - 19

In response to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, the barristers in Chambers' Housing Law team and staff are committed to providing as much assistance as possible, including urgent advice, online resources and other support, during these challenging and unprecedented times. Trinity has a dedicated section of the website focused on COVID-19. Members of the team can assist with enquiries relating to urgent housing disrepair issues, residential possession proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic, interpretation of the Coronavirus Act and associated Guidance for Landlords (including Housing Associations), Tenants and Local Authorities.The team can also assist with updates regarding on and offline court procedures, including facilities to deal with remote hearings.

Trinity Chambers is home to some of the leading specialist housing barristers on the North Eastern Circuit. Members of the team are ranked in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

The team regularly appear in courts and tribunals at all levels and are often at the forefront of key legal developments in this ever evolving and technically challenging area.

Barristers in the housing team act for local authorities, housing association and other social landlords, private landlords, tenants and applicants on all aspects of housing law.

Members of the housing team are also specialists in related areas including property law, leasehold disputes, welfare benefits, social care, local government, immigration, human rights, discrimination, capacity and court of protection and are able to provide a complete service to clients on all aspects of their case.

Members of chambers have been instrumental in advising local government and public bodies on matters of strategy, policy and procedure in housing and other related areas.

Trinity's housing barristers also regularly appear in housing related prosecutions including licensing and other offences under the Housing Act 2004, Housing and Planning Act 2016 and Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The Housing Act 2004 and the Housing and Planning Act 2016 also give a whole host of other enforcement measures to local authorities dealing with the private landlord sector such as improvement notices, prohibition orders, rent repayment orders, banning orders, civil penalty notices, etc. Trinity housing barristers have a wealth of experience in advising (both local authorities and those on whom the measures are imposed) on every step of the process, and also regularly appear in the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal representing parties in appeals.

With Chambers in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Leeds, Trinity's housing barristers act for clients across the North Eastern, Northern Circuits and beyond.

Members of the housing team sit as judges in the First Tier Tribunal and have been appointed to the Attorney General's regional panel of counsel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel. They have also been instrumental in setting up the Northern branch of the Social Housing Law Association.

30/07/2020 Leasehold Covenants & Corporate Governance: Houldsworth Village Management Co Ltd v Barton [2020]

29/06/2020 Rent Repayment Orders Under the Housing & Planning Act 2016 : Vadamalayan v Stewart & Ors

11/06/2020 Civil Penalty Notice - Upper Tribunal Guidance on the Approach to Calculating the Amount of Penalty

05/06/2020 Webinar - Civil Penalty Notices & the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber

04/06/2020 Webinar - Improvement Notices & the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber

21/05/2020 Webinar - Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

21/05/2020 R (Fisher) v Durham County Council - Noise Abatement Notices & the Equality Act 2010

19/05/2020 Latest Webinar - Appeals in the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber

15/05/2020 Revised Guidance From the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government on Home Moving: is it Relevant to Private and Social Landlords?

12/05/2020 Court of Appeal Holds 90 Stay on Possession Proceedings Lawful

11/05/2020 Housing Barristers' Webinar Series on Appeals in the First-Tier Property Tribunal

01/05/2020 Trinity Housing Law Barristers Deliver Webinar on Injunctions

28/04/2020 Landlord Law Webinar Recording Available

24/04/2020 Trinity Housing Law Barrister Examines the Impact of Practice Direction 51Z

15/04/2020  Trinity Housing Law Webinar: Homes Fitness for Human Habitation Act

14/04/2020 Possession Proceedings (& Alternatives) to Counter Anti-Social Behaviour During COVID-19 Lockdown : Should You Stay, or Should They Go?

06/04/2020 Public Sector Equality Duty Arguments in Housing Possession Claims

02/04/2020  Housing Barrister Summary of COVID-19 Guidance for Landlords, Tenants & Local Authorities

01/04/2020  Civil Listing Priorities & Housing Cases During the COVID-19 Crisis

31/03/2020  COVID-19 Position Summary & Guides for Urgent Applications from Mr Justice Snowden

27/03/2020  Residential Possession proceedings – the Story so far

26/03/2020  The (first) New Practice Direction: A Pilot Scheme for All

24/03/2020  Residential Lettings & the Coronavirus Bill

24/03/2020  Health Protection (Coronavirus: Closure of Leisure Businesses, Footpaths and Access to Land) (Wales) Regulations

22/03/2020  Housing Barrister Explores Residential Lettings in Light of COVID19