Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Legal Team

Nashin Akbar

Nashin Akbar - Solicitor

Nashin worked as a housing law caseworker at Fountains Solicitors from 2009 – 2010, before joining the Community Law Partnership as a housing caseworker in 2011. Nashin became a Trainee Solicitor in January 2012 working in the housing team and qualified as a Solicitor on 1 August 2013.

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.


Ranjit Bains - Solicitor-Advocate

Ranjit joined CLP in February 2015.  He has worked in general civil litigation undertaking advocacy in the County Court around the country.  He developed an interest in the law of Landlord & Tenant.  On joining CLP he initially assisted with the Duty Possession Scheme at Birmingham County Court.  During his training contract he trained in Housing, Public, and Social Security law (including work in the Social Security Tribunal).   Ranjit was the instructed caseworker on Birmingham City Council v Mondhlani [2015] EW MISC B41.  He qualified as a Solicitor on 15 September 2017.  Ranjit is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).

Samitra Balu

Samitra Balu - Solicitor

Samitra has specialised in Housing Law since 2002. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2004. She specialises in the areas of Private and Publicly funded Landlord and Tenant matters. Samitra has an interest in duties owed by Local Authorities to those who are vulnerable and has experience of advising on homelessness and allocation rights and challenging local authority decisions by County Court appeals and/or Judicial Review. Samitra has conducted work on reported cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in relation to Homelessness and Possession proceedings.

Sharon Baxter

Sharon Baxter - Solicitor

Sharon graduated with joint honours in Law and Politics at Birmingham University. She qualified as a solicitor in 1993, while working at McGrath & Co. Solicitors. Having gained experience in Housing, Family and Personal Injury law, she then specialised in Housing law, joining CLP in 2001. Sharon works in the Travellers Advice Team, advising on accommodation issues including evictions, planning matters, and homelessness. Sharon was the Instructing Solicitor on Buckland v UK (2013) 56 EHRR 16.

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.

Laura Carter

Laura Carter - Solicitor

Laura worked as a legal advisor for the Community Trade Union before joining the Community Law Partnership in September 2011 as a Trainee Solicitor within the Housing Team.  Laura qualified as a Solicitor on 1 March 2013.

Joanne Child - Solicitor

Jo qualified as a Solicitor in November 1993 after training with Tyndallwoods Solicitors. She worked in their Housing Law department until 2003 as an Assistant Solicitor and later as a Partner. She subsequently worked as a costs draftsperson preparing bills in legally aided housing cases until joining the Community Law Partnership in October 2017.

Simon Foster

Simon Foster - Solicitor-Advocate

Simon Foster qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and has specialised in Housing Law since then. He worked in a Law Centre until 1989.  Simon was a Partner and Head of the Housing Team at Tyndallwoods from 1989 to 2012. He joined the Community Law Partnership in October 2012. Simon has had extensive experience of and has specialised in a variety of different areas of Housing Law throughout his career.  Simon is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).

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.

Fleur Hall - Housing Adviser

Fleur obtained a first class degree from the University of Law, Birmingham (formerly the College of Law), and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course there. She has acted for homeless people in homeless reviews, homeless appeals, and judicial reviews. She regularly acts for those facing possession proceedings including secure and non-secure tenants and other occupiers.  She is familiar with public law and Equality Act issues.


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.

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.

Khalida Qureshi

Khalida Qureshi - Solicitor

Khalida studied Humanities at the University of Birmingham and went on to complete her GDL and LPC from Birmingham City University.  After this, she has worked at the Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau as a Welfare Benefits Caseworker helping the most vulnerable in society.  Khalida joined CLP as a Trainee Solicitor in June 2014. Khalida qualified as a Solicitor on 3 January 2017.

Magdalene Robinson

Magdalene Robinson - Solicitor

Magdalene joined the Community Law Partnership in April 2011 as a Trainee Solicitor. Her previous experience includes Prison Law, Actions Against the Police and Social Security Law, working in both private practice and the voluntary sector.  Magdalene qualified as a Solicitor in November 2012.

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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.