Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Legal Team

Carol Harfield

Carol Harfield

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.

Simon Foster

Simon Foster

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

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.

Shaheen Bi

Shaheen Bi

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.

Sharon Baxter

Sharon Baxter

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.