local government social housing

Local Government and Social Housing

"A slick operation with very helpful and organised clerks."

The Legal 500 2021

We have an enviable history of leading the way in the provision of legal services to the local government and social housing sectors in England and Wales.

We advise on contentious and non-contentious matters and appear in all levels of court, up to The Supreme Court. Our members represent local authorities, social housing providers and private landlords, across areas as diverse as:

  • Anti-social behaviour – criminal conduct, witness intimidation, gang violence, vulnerable witnesses, special measures, mental health and public law issues
  • Court of Protection – welfare decisions, disputed capacity and deprivation of liberty
  • Criminal – all types of prosecutions including trading standards, health and safety, environmental crime and welfare benefit fraud
  • Employment – internal policies, equality obligations, workforce restructuring and TUPE
  • Family – child protection and care proceedings
  • Governance and policy issues
  • Homelessness
  • Housing law and housing management – all aspects of residential landlord and tenant law
  • Human rights
  • Issues under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Equality Act 2010
  • Personal injury – highway claims, employer’s liability and public liability, stress at work
  • Planning – planning and listed building consent applications, environmental assessment, appeals and ‘call-ins’, enforcement and preparation of development plans, town and village green registration and compulsory purchase.
  • Procurement
  • Public law and judicial review
  • Regulatory

We have seventeen barristers in chambers appointed by Attorney General’s Panel Of Counsel for central government work, and have been appointed to all local government and social housing panel counsel schemes which operate in the North. Our members work alongside other specialist departments within chambers to ensure that they provide the highest level of client care.

The department runs the largest annual sector specialist training event of its kind for the local government and social housing sectors.

“Exchange Chambers is ‘a slick operation with very helpful and organised clerks‘. Instructing solicitors and clients praise the set’s ‘great training opportunities – in particular the Social Housing & Local Government Seminar‘. ‘A free event it is absolutely invaluable to busy practitioners and unlike other training events completely focused on the issues relevant to local government.'”
Leading Set – Social Housing (Northern Circuit), The Legal 500 2021


The Team