Garden Court Chambers is delighted to welcome Nick Bano. He specialises in representing homeless people, residential occupiers, and destitute & migrant households in both public law and private law disputes.
Nick Bano has been recognised by Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in the social housing field. He has particular expertise in cases where equality rights and social entitlement overlap and has been involved in bringing some of the significant recent challenges in this area.
Chambers & Partners recommends him as an ‘up and coming’ talent in the social housing field, saying ”his thriving practice takes in homelessness appeals, disrepair claims and possession proceedings, among others”.
Nick’s practice covers many aspects of housing law, community care law and public law. He has a great deal of experience in homelessness cases, as well as possession claims that turn on equality rights and complex public law issues. He has a particular interest in technical defences to section 21 claims.
Nick has considerable experience of appearing in judicial review claims against local authorities and government departments, as well as in public law challenges in housing matters in the County Court. He is frequently involved in bringing claims relating to children’s rights and adult social care. He has an excellent grasp of the eligibility criteria and substantive rights under the Children Act and Care Act, as well as a strong tactical insight into local authority decision making.
For the first few years of his practice Nick specialised in criminal defence work, which makes him an excellent trial advocate.
Before becoming a barrister Nick worked in the advice sector (he was a caseworker at a number of law centres). He also had a number of roles in the international sphere. He worked at the UN’s International Labour Organisation in Geneva, the Yugoslavia tribunal in The Hague, and the International Centre for Trade Union Rights (a labour rights NGO).
Nick is a member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (vice-chair), International Centre for Trade Union Rights & Legal Sector Workers United.