Christopher Skinner

Partner

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 helps manage the Housing Management team and deals with all aspects of Housing Management. He has excellent experience of all work relating to Anti-Social Behaviour and Housing Management, such as complex succession disputes and sub-letting.

He is also regularly invited to speak on Housing topics for the Chartered Institute of Housing, Housemark, Capita and Resolve as well as regularly being invited to present training session for our clients.

Chris has advised clients on welfare reform issues and provides specialist advice on the implications of the Right to Rent reforms. Chris has conducted litigation at all levels of the court system, including the Court of Appeal, successfully tackling complex disputes relating to the Human Rights Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010 and public law/judicial review claims. Chris also obtained the first absolute order for possession in the country following the introduction of the same under the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

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 advises clients on all aspects of Housing related Policy and Procedure (including those that relate to Governance Ratings) and has expert experience of advising on Ombudsman enquires and challenges.

Chris is also very knowledgeable on all aspects of income recovery, rent possession proceedings and Gas Safety work, preparing reports for Board approval on best practice.

Notable projects

  • 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.

Memberships

  • SHLA

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), 2001
  • Legal Practice Certificate

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