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Rebekah Carrier

Rebekah Carrier is now a director of Hopkin Murray Beskine as a limited company. She qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and specialises in housing and public law. Rebekah has a particular interest in the allocation of social housing and has acted in cases involving the allocation schemes of local authorities across London. She has acted for groups of tenants dealing with issues arising from the condition of their homes and planned regeneration, advising on disrepair claims, possession and rehousing in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth and Southwark.

Rebekah also acts as a consultant Peer Reviewer for the Legal Agency and assesses the quality of other housing practitioners.

Rebekah worked with Lesley Curtis, establishing a housing team with particular expertise in prosecutions against landlords under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in Tower Hamlets at McMillen Hamilton McCarthy.

Rebekah has worked as a solicitor in private practice and in the not for profit sector, working at Southwark Law Centre from 2006 to 2012 where she worked closely with other voluntary organisations providing training to other lawyers, students and volunteers on a number of housing related issues. She has worked on a number of projects whose common theme has been improving access to good quality advice including the Possession Prevention Project. She set up and developed an innovative project with the local CAB which continues to provide support and assistance with using the local authority’s choice based letting scheme.

Significant cases in which she has acted include R ( Southwark Law Centre) v Legal Services Commission [2007] EWHC 1715 (Admin)  which ensured continued access to legal representation for thousands of tenants threatened with homelessness, and R ( Faarah) v London Borough of Southwark (2009 HLR 12) in which the Court of Appeal specifically praised the quality of the Claimant’s representation. She writes about housing and legal aid issues most recently, most recently in “Public Service on the Brink” ( Imprint Academic 2012).

Rebekah is currently instructed in a number of high profile cases challenging the “bedroom tax”and benefit cap welfare reforms.

Rebekah acts for Hopkin Murray Beskine as the COLPA and also as our Complaints Officer.

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