We are pleased to confirm that we have been offered a contract in Housing Law by the Legal Services Commission. This contract will start from April 2013 and takes over from our current Social Welfare Law contract. Our contracts covering Public Law and the Duty Possession Scheme continue as normal.
Changes to the Legal Aid “Housing Contract” from 1st April 2013 may make such challenges much more difficult (or even impossible) to proceed with, as explained in the attached paper. We are very keen to try and challenge this now.
Congratulations to Stephen Cottle of Garden Court Chambers and Parminder Sanghera for their success on behalf of our client, Charmaine Moore in her High Court Planning Appeal.
David Watkinson of Garden Court Chambers has been one of the most outstanding Barristers fighting for housing rights and especially fighting for Gypsy and Traveller rights over the years. He is retiring at the end of December 2012. The Partners from CLP attended his retirement do at Garden Court Chambers. He has been involved in some of the leading cases involving Gypsy and Traveller and Housing rights. He will leave a big gap but we wish him all the best in his retirement.
CLP were very sorry to hear that Tyndallwoods are no longer going to be doing Legal Aid work. However, we are very glad to be joined by two former members of Tyndallwoods, Simon Foster and Samitra Balu. Simon was formerly head of the Housing Department at Tyndallwoods and has over 25 years of experience in housing law. Samitra has specialised in housing law since 2002. We are very pleased to welcome both of them to the firm.