Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Holly Sherratt

Holly Sherratt

Holly previously worked at the Citizens Advice Bureau as a caseworker undertaking housing and debt casework. She completed her training contract with Community Law Partnership and qualified as a solicitor in 2010. Holly was the instructing solicitor in the case of Makisi v Birmingham City Council [2011] EWCA Civ 355.  She became a Partner of CLP on 1st September 2015.

Parminder Sanghera

Parminder Sanghera

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.

Rose Pritchard

Rose Pritchard

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.

Craig Keenan

Craig Keenan

Craig worked largely in the voluntary advice sector for 15 years at the Hull Independent Housing Aid Centre, for Cambridge CAB and Warwick District CAB, before joining us in April 2005. Craig qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and works in the Housing Team. He advises on all aspects of Housing Law, Public Law and Community Care law. Craig was the instructing solicitor in the Court of Appeal case of Omar v Birmingham City [2007] HLR 43 CA. He became a Partner of CLP on 1st September 2015.

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.

Laura Carter

Laura Carter

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.  She became a Partner of CLP on 1st April 2018.

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.

Samitra Balu

Samitra Balu

Samitra has specialised in Housing Law since 2002. She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2004. She specialises in the areas of Private and Public Sector 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.  She became a Partner of  CLP on 1st April 2018.