Liz is a "star individual" social housing counsel in Chambers and Partners and Tier 1 for social housing in Legal 500. She acts as a consultant to Crisis and has represented Shelter pro bono in interventions. She is joint Head of Chambers with Judy Khan QC and Stephanie Harrison QC.
She specialises in all aspects of housing law, with a particular expertise in homelessness and allocation of social housing. She also practises in areas of community care and Children Act cases, particularly where accommodation might be an issue.
Comments on Liz in professional directories, besides those quoted above, include "She is one of the most outstanding, highly regarded and dedicated barristers in the country...She has an infectious passion for social justice and always goes the extra mile for clients." Chambers UK Bar Guide.
She is committed to acting for the homeless, and for tenants and other occupiers, and has a tenacious and practical approach to conducting her cases. She accepts instructions to appear in the Court of Protection and is also a qualified mediator.
Liz was a finalist for the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year Award 2014.
Liz is ranked as a "Star Individual" in social housing by Chambers UK 2021 and as a leading junior in social housing (Tier 1) by the Legal 500 2021.
She has undertaken social housing practice as a solicitor and as a barrister since 1989. She is a specialist in all aspects of social housing law and recognised as a leading authority in homelessness law and the allocation of social housing. She is the co-author of Housing Allocation and Homelessness (Luba, Davies, Johnston & Buchanan, LexisNexis, 5th ed, 2018).
Her practice is in public law issues: she appears in the Administrative Court and homelessness appeals in the County Court. She is currently instructed as the housing specialist as part of a team of counsel representing survivors and bereaved families in the Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry.
Al Ahmed v Tower Hamlets LBC  EWCA Civ 51. Court of Appeal guidance on “good reason” for an extension of time for issuing s.204 Housing Act 1996 homelessness appeals, including a recognition of the difficulties faced by homelessness applicants in bringing an appeal under s.204 of the 1996 Act without legal advice and representation, and of the difficulties they may face in finding someone to provide those services under legal aid, especially as a result of the post-LASPO shrinkage of the housing advice sector. Liz acted pro bono, with Connor Johnston of Garden Court, for Shelter as intervener in the Court of Appeal.
Adesotu v Lewisham LBC  EWCA Civ 1405. The Court of Appeal considered the extent to which claims of direct, indirect, or disability discrimination could be raised in homelessness appeals.
Holt v Reading Borough Council  EWCA Civ 641, CA: a judge was entitled to make an order for possession setting out the conditions under which the local housing authority should secure alternative accommodation.
Johnson & others v Old  EWCA Civ 415, CA: On the correct construction of a tenancy agreement, a payment made by the tenant at the start of the tenancy pursuant to a requirement in the agreement to pay the first six months' rent in advance was not a tenancy deposit required to paid into a deposit protection scheme, but was the advance payment of rent.
Ali v Birmingham City Council, Moran v Manchester City Council  UKHL 36,  1 WLR 1506, HL: Women's refuges are not reasonable to continue to occupy and therefore women occupying refuge accommodation are homeless.
R (Conville) v Richmond upon Thames LBC  EWCA Civ 718: local housing authorities may not take into account their own resources when deciding what period would give intentionally homeless families a "reasonable opportunity" of finding their own accommodation.
Kacar v London Borough of Enfield  33 HLR 64 CA: scope of inquiries in homeless applications.
First Instance Cases
A list of Liz Davies' first instance cases is available here.
Liz practices in administrative and public law cases which involve housing or community care issues.
R (Hoyte) v Southwark LBC  EWHC 1665 (Admin): when a local housing authority is required to accept fresh application for homelessness assistance on the basis of "new facts".
R (Alansi) v Newham LBC  EWCA Civ 3722 (Admin): the issue of legitimate expectation within a local housing authority's allocation scheme.
Liz is a qualified mediator. Further details can be found on the Garden Court Chambers Mediation website.