Chris joined the Social Housing department in June 2003, and qualified as a solicitor in November 2005 following the completion of his training contract with the firm. His training placed a special emphasis on learning about the needs of Housing Associations. This has resulted in him having a broad understanding of the needs and challenges that Social Landlords face.
He works with the Housing Management team and deals with a wide range of matters. He has excellent experience of all work relating to anti Social Behaviour and Housing Management, such as complex succession disputes and sub-letting.
Chris has advocated in various courts across the South, South East and London, including successfully advocating in front of Circuit Judges in striking out applications to appeals of possession orders. He has also successfully committed Defendants to prison following serious breaches of anti social behaviour injunctions.
Chris also deals with Accelerated Possession claims, shared ownership matters and advises on all forms of tenure including Affordable tenancies, Assured tenancies and License agreements. He has good knowledge of Equality Act issues, Human Rights issues and Judicial Review challenges. He advises clients on all aspects of Housing related Policy and Procedure.
Chris is also very knowledgeable on all aspects of rent possession proceedings and Gas Safety work, preparing reports for Board approval on best practice.
He is also regularly invited to speak on Housing topics for the Chartered Institute of Housing, Housemark, Capita and the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group as well as regularly being invited to present training session for our clients.
- Chris has been successful in the Court of Appeal and was solicitor in charge of the Drum v Thomas-Ashley (2010) case which had implications in relation to Disability Discrimination and enforcing tenancy terms and conditions.
- Chris was instructed in relation to an £80 million regeneration project in London whereby an existing 350 units were redeveloped to provide over 500 new units of social housing. Chris coordinated obtaining vacant possession of all units within a strict timescale to ensure the development ran to time and funding was secured.
- Chris was instructed on a high profile case involving multiple agencies to ensure a gang causing ASB in the locality of one of the Olympic venues were disbanded and a possession order obtained in advance of the Games. Chris successfully obtained the same and ensured a swift successful conclusion to all the litigation in under one calendar month.
LLB (Hons), 2001