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Rebekah Carrier

rc@hmbsolicitors.co.uk     
 

Rebekah Carrier is a solicitor and director of Hopkin Murray Beskine and a specialist in public and housing law. She acts in complex judicial review proceedings, including public interest cases and discrimination challenges. She frequently has cases in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

Rebekah has an outstanding reputation in her field and is recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guides. She has been described in the Chambers UK guide as “phenomenal” and was praised in the 2019 Chambers UK guide for her “very high-quality work”. She is ranked as a “leading individual” in the current Legal 500 UK guide which refers to her as a “standout individual” and notes the firm’s involvement in an extraordinary proportion of the leading housing and social welfare cases of recent years.

Rebekah’s public law work includes successful challenges to local housing policies as well as to decision making and central and local government policy. Her recent work includes cases concerning welfare benefits reform, entitlement to continuing healthcare and childcare funding. She also has a particular interest in the allocation of social housing and has acted in cases involving the allocation schemes of a number of local authorities.

Rebekah has acted in a number of important challenges to aspects of the government’s welfare reform policies including the case of  R (A) v SSWP, in which the European Court of Human Rights found that the application of the UK government’s bedroom tax to victims of domestic violence occupying “sanctuary scheme” homes was unlawful.

Rebekah’s housing work often involves using the law creatively to prevent homelessness and ensure that her clients obtain not just a roof over their heads but appropriate housing that meets their needs. Rebekah receives referrals from and has provided training for voluntary organisations including women’s refuges, organisations supporting disabled children and their families, and projects working with refugees and victims of trafficking.

Rebekah was shortlisted for Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award 2016 for her ground-breaking challenges to the government’s benefit cap and bedroom tax policies.

Rebekah writes about housing and legal aid issues and is a contributor to the Legal Action Group publication, “Disabled children: a legal handbook”.

Rebekah qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has since worked in private practice and in the not for profit sector. She worked at Southwark Law Centre from 2006 to 2012 before joining Hopkin Murray Beskine 

 


Recently reported cases

A v United Kingdom 34614/17 – 24 October 2019. European Court of Human Rights; application of “bedroom tax” to survivor of domestic violence occupying “sanctuary scheme” home found to be unlawful. The judgment establishes that justifying discrimination involving disabled persons or on the grounds of gender will require “weighty reasons”.

DA v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – [2019] UKSC 21 – Supreme Court decision in judicial review challenge to reduced “benefit cap” brought on behalf of several lone parents and their children under the age of two.

R (Z) v Hackney LBC & Agudas Israel Housing Association Limited – [2019] EWCA Civ 1099: discrimination challenge to a housing association’s lettings policy. Appeal heard by the Supreme Court in June 2020

Ward & Others v LB Hillingdon [2019] EWCA Civ 692 – Court of Appeal decision in successful discrimination challenge brought on behalf of Irish Travellers relating to the 10 year residence requirement in a local authority’s housing allocation policy.

R (T & Others) v Secretary of State for Education [2018] EWHC 2582 (Admin) Judicial review challenge to the secretary of state's policy granting additional free childcare to working parents, under which lone parents unable to work due to disability or caring responsibilities were not eligible for additional childcare.

R (XY) v Haringey LBC [2019] EWHC 2276 (Admin) – successful challenge which clarifies local authority duties to prepare a “housing needs assessment” and “personalised housing plan” under s189A Housing Act 1996.

R (KS and AM) v London Borough of Haringey [2018] EWHC 587 (Admin) – council held to have unlawfully failed to address disabled child’s housing needs.

Hurley v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWHC 3382 (Admin) – High Court – inclusion of carers’ allowance in benefit cap found unlawful

R (HA) v London Borough of Ealing [2015] EWHC 2375 (Admin) – High Court – five year residence requirement in Ealing Council’s housing allocations policy found unlawful

R (SG) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2014] EWCA Civ 156 – Supreme Court – challenge to government’s “benefit cap” policy.

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Client feedback:
“She was always helpful and friendly – I thank Rebekah for her useful and clear information”
“Your service was brilliant”
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“I am so happy - I have many thanks for Rebekah”

 

 

 



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