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Rebekah Carrier

 

Rebekah Carrier is a solicitor and director of Hopkin Murray Beskine. Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1991 she has 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.

Rebekah’s specialist work in housing and public law has included successful challenges to local housing policies as well as to decision making and central and local government policy impacting on housing, for example ensuring that families including disabled children needing their own bedroom are not affected by the bedroom tax.

Rebekah’s work 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.

She has acted in a number of recent challenges to aspects of the government’s welfare reform policies including the case of  R (SG) v SSWP in which the Supreme Court found that the benefit cap breached the obligations in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Rebekah also has a particular interest in the allocation of social housing and has acted in cases involving the allocation schemes of local authorities across London.

Rebekah writes about housing and legal aid issues, most recently in “Public Service on the Brink” (Imprint Academic 2012). She recently contributed to the new edition of “Disabled children: a legal handbook”.

Rebekah is recommended in the Legal 500 guide 2015 which describes her as ‘highly experienced, thorough and impressive’

Recently reported cases

R (ET) v London Borough of Islington [2013] EWCA Civ 323

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

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
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 (A) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] EWCA Civ 772 – Court of Appeal – “bedroom tax” policy found to unlawfully discriminate against victims of domestic violence living in sanctuary schemes See commentary here

Smajlaj, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Waltham Forest ]2016] EWHC 1240 (Admin) – High Court – concerned the extent of the duty under s192 Housing Act 1996 to those who are homeless but not in priority need.
See commentary here


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