Garden Court Chambers
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Seen by many as the premier chambers representing tenants or the homeless, Garden Court has individuals who are "at the forefront of housing law." Its highly regarded members are "a pleasure to work with," and are lauded for their dedication to the sector. They are "passionate about assisting vulnerable people in society, and ensuring that justice is upheld," say observers. An additional boon provided by the set comes in the form of the clerking team, led by Phil Bampfylde, all of whom "provide a high level of service" and are "very helpful."
The Work We Do
Garden Court Chambers has one of the largest specialist housing law teams in the country (currently 27 barristers) and has a well-earned reputation for excellence in this area. We cover all aspects of housing law including possession claims, unlawful eviction, homelessness, allocation of social housing, disrepair and housing benefit.
Our practitioners also have specialist expertise in many of the 'niche' areas within housing law including Romani Gypsy and Traveller Rights, disability issues, welfare benefits, ASBOs and ASBIs, community care, unfair terms in tenancy agreements, general town and country planning matters, grants, licensing of houses in multiple occupation, housing standards, and the housing health and safety rating system. We are particularly committed to representing tenants, other occupiers and homeless people.
"Best known for representing tenants, Garden Court is home to a wealth of intelligent and passionate barristers who are 'extremely committed to their work and always willing to go that extra mile.'"
Housing law cases can and often do also raise aspects of immigration, family law, welfare benefits, disability, and criminal law. We pride ourselves on our cross-over expertise and as part of a multi-disciplinary set are extremely well placed to advise on these other issues related to housing. The team advises on the full range of accommodation and support issues concerning migrant welfare and asylum support. We are able to offer a complete service in social services, homelessness and connected Children Act matters. Thanks to our fluid and cross-disciplinary approach, we can draw on the wisdom and experience of our colleagues in Chambers who specialise in these areas.
"Clients appreciate the set's strength and depth in a range of disciplines, such as immigration and civil liberties, which naturally complements its housing expertise. The full spectrum of housing law is catered for here, particularly homelessness, unlawful eviction and disrepair issues."
We are fortunate to have a wide breadth of expertise on the team - from experienced senior practitioners and QCs to tenacious and committed juniors. The Housing Team provides a full service, covering cases from the lowest to the highest courts, as well as undertaking advisory work.
"Garden Court Chambers is 'exceptional in housing law', where the barristers are 'dedicated and go the extra mile for clients'."
Publications, Advice and Training
Our work extends beyond the courtroom. We also spend time training, advising and writing on housing issues. Our members have written or co-authored some of the most important works currently available in housing law:
We have also written two of the Jordans Special Bulletins on The Homelessness Act 2002 and Housing and the Human Rights Act.
We produce a free weekly Housing Law Bulletin and regularly contribute articles and case reports to professional publications such as Legal Action, Journal of Housing Law, Solicitors Journal, Landlord and Tenant Review and the New Law Journal.
Over many years, we have supported the Housing Law Practitioners' Association (HLPA) as both ordinary and executive members, and by giving talks and attending meetings. We have also taken part in numerous training courses provided by or in association with the Legal Action Group, the Law Society, Liberty and others.
Recent Notable Cases
We have appeared in many of the leading housing cases of recent years. A selection of just the most recent higher court cases in which members of the team have appeared includes:
Service to our clients
We are proud of the professional, approachable and up-to-date housing law service that we provide.
"The individuals at the set 'are all approachable and friendly, and you get the sense that they are doing it for more than the money.' This sense of dedication and professionalism is seen to permeate the set in its entirety: "Everyone here is very good. The Chambers as a whole is well run, and the clerks and barristers are a pleasure to work with.'"
If you would like more information about the housing team, please email the clerks email@example.com or call us on 020 7993 7600.
Chambers' housing team operates an urgent work and out of hours rota. The housing clerks can be contacted on 07920 497 962 and will be pleased to arrange for members of the team to assist with urgent work.
Please note that this number is for the legal profession only. Calls that are not related to urgent housing work cannot be dealt with on this number. Enquiries from members of the public cannot be dealt with on this number. They may find the DirectGov website helpful.
Members of the Housing team are listed below - click on their names to go to their profiles.