Chambers is a leading specialist in housing law, is considered to be the leading set for tenant’s work outside of London, and enjoys an excellent reputation among housing practitioners.
Members have been involved in some of the most important housing cases in the appellate courts – including Manchester City Council v Pinnock  UKSC 45. They are, however, just as dedicated to the kind of cases that do not make the law reports, but which nonetheless have a real and significant effect on the lives of individuals.
The Team is committed to representing the rights of tenants, homeless people and other occupiers, particularly those who are publicly funded. Our work includes:
- Defending possession proceedings for all occupiers including mortgagors and squatters;
- Homelessness appeals under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996;
- Judicial review (especially those that are homelessness related);
- Representing victims of unlawful eviction and harassment;
- Injunction and committal proceedings;
- Disrepair (including Environmental Protection Act claims);
- Closure orders;
- Equality Act 2010 cases;
- Human Rights Act 1998 cases;
- Travellers and Mobile Homes Act cases;
- Squatters' rights, including adverse possession claims;
- Right to buy cases;
- Housing benefit matters; and
- Housing related community care matters.
Chambers is able to offer an emergency service for applicants requiring urgent interim relief, including out of hours applications to the duty High Court judge in homelessness matters and applications for injunctions for re-admittance in unlawful eviction cases.
Members are skilled in assisting clients who are vulnerable, whether as a result of disability, addiction, age or homelessness; who speak little or no English; and who have significant mental health problems.
The Housing Team is particularly aware of the many overlaps between housing and other areas of law, and are able offer a complete and comprehensive service to tenants, that includes specialist expertise in community care, welfare rights, mental health law, and immigration-related housing matters including asylum support. Members of the Team are experts in the field of human rights law and regularly employ arguments under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Cases in which Members have been involved are regularly reported in journals such as Legal Action and the Housing Law Reports. Members of the Team have active links with tenant focused groups and are co-ordinators of the North West Housing Law Practitioners Association (NWHLPA). They contribute articles and case reports to publications such as Legal Action and NearlyLegal, and frequently lecture and give seminars at a range of legal training events nationwide, including for the HLPA Annual conference, for Shelter, and individual solicitors’ firms.
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"Garden Court North is considered to be the leading set for tenants work outside of London ...." (Chambers & Partners 2009) more
"For tenants' work, there really isn't another set to touch Garden Court North in the North West. As one source phrased it, 'its ethos is firmly focused on helping tenants and this dedication shines through'."
Chambers & Partners 2008
"Outside London, there are very few concentrations of social housing talent but Garden Court North can claim to represent one of them. Based in Manchester, ...it has been active for the past decade. Its team of seven is active across the sector, handling such matters as tenants' rights, the defence of possession proceedings, Housing Act appeals and squatters' rights."
Chambers & Partners 2007