Paul Burns

Call 1998

burns@exchangechambers.co.uk

“The go-to person … an exceptional barrister”

Chambers and Partners
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Property & Planning

Paul is recognised as a leading property junior in the North in The Legal 500 2021 and is a favourite with clients. He specialises in advising and representing local authorities, social housing providers and other public and private sector landlords, and is independently acclaimed as a leader in the fields of local government law and social housing law [Chambers UK 2021 and Legal 500 2021].

He was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown by the Attorney General in 2015, and is a member of the Government’s ‘A’ Panel.

Paul is also Head of Local Government & Social Housing at Exchange Chambers. He advises and represents clients throughout the country. In the context of property law he has particular expertise in:

  • All aspects of housing law and housing management
  • Residential landlord and tenant law and its interface with human rights law
  • Community safety & anti-social behaviour (including possession actions)
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Equality Act 2010 issues
  • Judicial review and public law challenges
  • Governance (including drafting and advising upon policies and procedures)

Paul provides continuing professional development training for local authorities, private registered providers, the police, solicitors and insurers.