Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Legal Team

Daniel Anderson - Solicitor

Daniel worked for a number of Legal Aid firms and has spent his entire legal career specialising in social welfare law, predominately in housing law and welfare benefits. Daniel is a member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Group and Child Poverty Action Group.

Shaheen Bi

Shaheen Bi - Solicitor

Shaheen qualified as a solicitor in 2005, specialising in Housing Law. She joined CLP in 2007 and now her main area of responsibility is to support the Birmingham County Court Duty Possession Scheme on behalf of the firm, where she offers advice, representation and advocacy to all those facing eviction.

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Louis Dowd - Solicitor

Louis joined the Community Law Partnership in August 2017 for a placement year during his undergraduate law degree, where he was responsible for dealing with the firm’s new client enquiries. He returned after graduating to begin his Training Contract in September 2019 where he undertakes a variety of case work including possession proceedings and disrepair claims. Alongside his Training Contract, Louis undertook his LPC and LLM in Law.  Louis qualified as a solicitor in September 2021.

Sean Gilmore

Sean Gilmore - Solicitor

Sean has practised housing law for 20 years, and during that time he has been nominated for a number of awards. He was a partner heading the housing team at Evans Derry before joining CLP in Sept 2015. Sean has run ground breaking cases in the United Kingdom Supreme Court including BCC v Frisby [2011] UKSC 8 (a tenant’s human rights); Solihull MBC v Hickin [2012] UKSC 39 (children’s rights to succeed to their parent’s tenancy); and Solihull MBC v Johnson [2015] UKSC 30 (vulnerable homeless adults). In Sept 2016 he successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal against a possession order made in the County Court, preventing a very vulnerable tenant from being evicted; BCC v Stephenson B2/2016/2501.

Carol Harfield

Carol Harfield - Senior Housing Adviser

After a successful career in commerce, Carol joined the Citizens’ Advice Bureau as a volunteer, progressing to deputy manager of the mobile unit working out of Kingstanding Bureau. She then joined McGrath & Co. solicitors, where she worked for several years, before joining CLP in January 2000.

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Andy Marlow - Trainee Solicitor

Andy has completed the Bar Professional Training Course and was called to the Bar in 2016. Having previously worked as a paralegal in commercial property matters, and having also previously volunteered to help applicants in Employment and Support Allowance appeals and defendants in possession claims, he moved to the Community Law Partnership in 2018. He initially worked full time on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme. He now acts as a Trainee Solicitor, assisting clients in matters relating to defending possession proceedings, taking action on disrepair, homelessness and unlawful eviction.

Fiona McGilvray

Fiona McGilvray - Solicitor

Fiona joined the Community Law Partnership in January 2014 as a Solicitor specialising in housing law. Fiona’s previous experience includes family law and mental health law representing clients detained under the Mental Health Act. Before training as a solicitor Fiona worked for the YMCA and the Youth Offending Service in various roles focused on rehabilitating young offenders.

Rose Pritchard

Rose Pritchard - Senior Solicitor

Rose qualified as a solicitor in 1986, initially specialising in family law (primarily victims of domestic violence) and crime. She then moved to be senior solicitor at Dudley Law Centre and later to McGrath & Co. solicitors, specialising in Housing Law, before joining CLP in 2000. Rose was one of the instructing solicitors in Ali & others -v- BCC [2010] 2 WLR 471 SC.

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Syma Rushd - Solicitor

Syma qualified as a Solicitor in September 2007 and specialises in all areas of Housing Law.  Syma joined Community Law Partnership in November 2015, having previously worked as a Housing Solicitor at firms in London and Birmingham.

Parminder Sanghera

Parminder Sanghera - Solicitor

Parminder completed her LPC at the University of Central England in 2002.  She qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and joined the Travellers’ Advice Team.  Parminder specialises in advising on accommodation issues including evictions, planning appeals, injunctions and homelessness.  Parminder also takes on a number of Judicial Review cases against Local Authorities and other public bodies.  She was the instructing Solicitor in Charmaine Moore -v- SSCLG and London Borough of Bromley [2013] EWCA Civ 1194 and in the case of Moore & Coates -v- SSCLG and Others [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin).  Parminder was also shortlisted for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards 2015 in the Housing category and is the firm’s Public Law Supervisor.

Jenny Stokes

Jenny Stokes - Solicitor

Following the Legal Practitioners Course, Jenny worked at Derbyshire Housing Aid as a caseworker on the Community Legal Services Advice Line. She then completed her training contract at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre before joining CLP in February 2011. Jenny qualified as a solicitor in April 2011 and works in the Housing Team.  Jenny left CLP in October 2013 due to relocation and returned to work for the firm in July 2016 when she moved back to the area.