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Kevin Gannon

  • Call: 1993
"He is completely committed to social justice and the defence of housing rights. He's reliable, efficient and someone who earns the respect of everyone around him."

Chambers UK, 2019

Practice

Kevin specialises in housing law. His practice covers all the main areas of housing law including possession, disrepair, illegal eviction and nuisance. He has a particular interest in housing cases which involve public law issues such as homelessness and allocation challenges. He also has experience in possession cases involving human rights arguments and was junior counsel for Rebecca Powell in the Supreme Court case of Hounslow LBC v Powell [2011] 2 WLR 287. He has dealt with cases involving all the issues which usually arise in homelessness appeals including eligibility, priority need, intentionality and suitability. Kevin also has experience in housing cases with community care, immigration or social security law aspects.

Kevin sits as a part-time social security tribunal judge.

What Others Say

“He is completely committed to social justice and the defence of housing rights. He’s reliable, efficient and someone who earns the respect of everyone around him.”
Chambers UK 2019

“He is very reliable, knowledgeable and fair.” “Kevin has a rare ability to crystallise very complex issues into simple terms, and is very dedicated to housing and homelessness.”
Chambers UK 2018

“Praised for his thoroughness and efficiency, especially when handling urgent homelessness matters and judicial review proceedings.” “Very knowledgeable on all aspects of social welfare law.”
Chambers UK 2015

‘Highly regarded for cases involving housing and social security’.
Legal 500 UK 2015

He is a calm presence and brings an analytical mind to bear’; ‘He makes clear, concise, worthwhile arguments and is really effective’.
Chambers UK 2014

Notable Cases

Hounslow LBC v Powell [2011] UKSC 8; [2011] 2 AC 186
Supreme Court. One of the leading cases on the effect of article 8 Human Rights Act  1998  on possession claims. Led by Jan Luba QC in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Hashemi v Gladehust Properties Ltd {2011] EWCA Civ 604; [2011] HLR 36
Court of Appeal. Operation of tenancy deposit protection provisions in Housing Act 2004, including whether applicant for payments under s214 had to be a tenant at the time of the application. Led to subsequent statutory amendment.

R(Cali and others) v Waltham Forest LBC [2006] EWHC 302 (Admin); [2007] HLR 1
Administrative Court. Judicial review of lawfulness of Waltham Forest’s choice-based letting allocation scheme. Very high threshold for highest priority group leaving bulk of applicants’ priority dependent on waiting time only. As a result proper cumulative assessment of need not possible. Court declared the scheme to be unlawful.

Background

Before coming to the Bar, Kevin worked for several years in the advice sector as a welfare rights advisor and tribunal representative.

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