Tim Baldwin appointed joint co-chair of Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA)

Tuesday 2 April 2024

We are delighted to announce that Tim Baldwin of the Garden Court Housing Law Team has been appointed co-chair of Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA)'s Executive Committee.

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Our Tim Baldwin has been appointed as co-chair of HLPA, alongside Laura Coyle of Turpin Miller and Diane Cowie of Duncan Lewis.

HLPA was set up to provide a forum for practitioners working in the housing field to share knowledge and information. Membership is open to all those who use housing law for the benefit of the homeless, tenants, and other occupiers of housing. Current members include solicitors, barristers, advice workers, independent environmental health officers and other housing specialists.

Tim Baldwin’s practice concerns all aspects social housing working including possession, disrepair and housing standards work, homelessness, allocation of social housing, community care including migrant support. Tim’s practice in housing and homelessness is largely in the High Court or Appellate courts or in complex specialist proceedings in the County Court. His practice is also linked to mental health, mental capacity and disability discrimination work, and cases in the Court of Protection. Tim is ranked as a leading junior in the Chambers UK and Legal 500 for social housing and ranked in other linked practice areas such as Community Care/Court of Protection and Administrative Law and Human Rights. Click here to find out more about Tim's practice and expertise.

Tim, alongside Ed Fitzpatrick, also of Garden Court, represented the Appellants in the Supreme Court case of Rakusen v Jepsen [2023] UKSC 9 on Rent Repayment Orders (RROs) and the liability of superior landlords, and subsequently, assisted in advising the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUC) in instructing Parliamentary Counsel in the Renters (Reform) Bill to capture superior landlord under RROs and to increase the period of liability for two years, thus reversing the effect of the Supreme Court decision.

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