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Housing and Property Litigation

For almost 50 years, Bindmans has been a leader in protecting and extending the housing rights of ordinary people. Our expertise ranges from bringing cases in the county courts through to the Supreme Court, and in the right case to the European Court in Strasbourg. We don’t give up.

Whether it is a dispute between one tenant and their negligent landlord on a well-established point of law, or a group action which will lead to widespread changes in the law, we provide a creative and effective service.

Our housing team is led by Paul Ridge, consistently ranked for over a decade as a leader in the field of housing. Described in legal directories as ‘second-to-none when acting for defendants in possession proceedings’, ‘exceptionally clever’ and as ‘really making a difference’.

This practice is very hands-on, there is nothing too complicated for them to consider and achieve on behalf of a client, in fact they will always go above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcome in the client’s favour.

Legal 500 2022

Housing disputes can be hugely distressing for those involved and we work hard to get the best result as quickly as possible and to minimise the stress our clients face.

  • Judicial review of housing policies
  • Right to buy disputes
  • Illegal eviction & harassment
  • Succession rights
  • Security of tenure
  • Squatters’ rights & adverse possession
  • Possession proceedings
  • Disrepair
  • Service charges
  • Rent disputes at assessment committees
  • Links with capacity problems – hoarding & diogenes syndrome

The team has particular strength in dealing with vulnerable tenants with capacity issues and the tricky overlap of community care needs.

What others say

The lawyers at Bindmans are always very professional and helpful.

Chambers and Partners 2022 – Social Housing: Tenants

This practice is very hands-on, there is nothing too complicated for them to consider and achieve on behalf of a client, in fact they will always go above and beyond to achieve the best possible outcome in the client’s favour.

Legal 500 2022 – Social Housing: Tenants

Very knowledgeable about the needs of protected parties within court proceedings. Tactful when dealing with difficult clients. Go over and above to achieve great outcomes for protected parties.

Legal 500 2022 – Social Housing: Tenants

Christian Hansen is the best housing lawyer out there, bar none.

Legal 500 2022 – Social Housing: Tenants

I have worked with a number of individuals at this practice and have found over the years that no task or question is unimportant, they will exhaust every possible scenario before conceding that there is no alternative outcome for a possible situation and even then will still consider how it would be possible to assist in obtaining the very best outcome for the client.

Legal 500 2022 – Social Housing: Tenants

Paul Ridge has an amazing overview of housing/community care issues. The team as a whole has got very, very good at fire safety work given that it has several hundred Grenfell clients.

Legal 500 2022 – Social Housing: Tenants

Effective housing team with notable experience in cases with complex mental health and human rights aspects. Also well versed in community care and public law issues. Able to advise on evictions, injunctions and possession proceedings, among other matters. Often instructed by the Official Solicitor to work on cases relating to capacity.

Chambers and Partners 2019 – Social Housing: Tenants

They have very good knowledge. They come back to you on time and always meet deadlines.

Chambers and Partners 2018 – Social Housing: Tenants

Paul has an excellent reputation amongst clients and peers.

Chambers and Partners 2016 – Ranked Social Housing: Tenants

Bindmans LLP is ‘absolutely top-notch’, particularly in housing matters related to mental capacity, civil liberties and community care. The small but ‘highly sought-after’ team is led by Paul Ridge, whose ‘knowledge of housing law is second-to-none’ and is ‘highly committed yet realistic with his advice’. Clients include the Islington Park Street and Crescent Road Community communal living groups.

Legal 500 2016 – Social Housing: Tenant

Paul is second-to-none when acting for defendants in possession proceedings.

Legal 500 2016 – Social Housing: Tenant

Paul thinks out of the box about how the issues come together and is ‘exceptionally clever’.

Chambers and Partners 2015 – Social Housing: Tenant

Bindmans LLP has a wealth of experience representing vulnerable tenants in a range of contentious housing matters. Paul Ridge is second-to-none when acting for defendants in possession proceedings.

Legal 500 2015 – Social Housing: Tenant

Paul really makes a difference.

Legal 500 2014

Meet the team

Paul Ridge
Partner

Public Law and Human Rights

Will Whitaker
Associate

Public Law and Human Rights

Christian Hansen
Solicitor

Housing and Property Litigation | Public Law and Human Rights

Jacob Howell-Jones
Solicitor

Housing and Property Litigation | Public Law and Human Rights

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