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Human Rights & Public Law

We assist individuals in disputes with public authorities such as local authorities, housing associations and central government departments. We represent clients in judicial review proceedings brought before the High Court and in actions based on the Human Rights Act.

Rebekah Carrier is particularly renowned for her work in this field and was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award 2016. She frequently acts in public interest cases including complex judicial review litigation and often has cases in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. Ann Bevington also undertakes a range of public law work including judicial review claims and Human Rights Act damages claims.

Our housing and public law team is recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK guides. It is described in the Legal 500 guide 2021 as a specialist team which “punches above its weight” and which has particular expertise in housing-related public law challenges.

The areas in which we have particular expertise include:

  • Homelessness
  • Challenges to the government’s welfare reform policies
  • The allocation of social housing
  • Social care duties including to children and disabled people, particularly where there is an overlap between care needs and housing needs
  • Discrimination, particularly but not exclusively in relation to housing
  • Housing and support needs arising from domestic violence
  • Challenging other decisions by public authorities arising from a range of different circumstances
  • Damages claims against public authorities under the Human Rights Act 1998

What will it cost?

Depending upon your financial circumstances you may qualify for legal aid. We will automatically carry out an assessment when we first meet with you to see whether or not you are eligible.

If you are not entitled to legal aid we will discuss with you other ways of funding your case including no win no fee agreements (conditional fee agreements).

How to contact us?

Contact us on 020 7272 1234, or email us at

Our Housing, Public Law and Property team can assist with all these matters. 

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