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Christian Hansen


Housing and Property Litigation | Public Law and Human Rights

Christian is a solicitor in our Housing and Public Law and Human Rights teams.

He frequently acts for groups of tenants and leaseholders in claims against landlords and freeholders, as well as acting for homeless applicants, and social services users in claims against local authorities. He often acts for vulnerable clients, including those without capacity to litigate. He is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor.

The current focus of much of Christian’s work is enforcing fire safety measures in residential buildings. Since 2019 and continuing through 2020, Christian is helping several large residents’ groups bring fire safety claims against the freeholders and developers of their buildings, requiring the replacement of unsafe cladding, insulation, and cavity barriers, and claiming significant payments of damages.

Christian continues to advise and represent clients across all residential landlord and tenant matters, including possession, eviction, disrepair, harassment, and all tenancy related disputes.

He is highly experienced in acting for clients at all court levels. In both 2017 and 2018 he represented clients in the Supreme Court. He is an experienced advocate and has been a duty solicitor on county court housing possession lists for many years.

Christian is co-chair of the Law Society Housing Law Committee.

Education and career
  • Christian graduated with a degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester in 1997.
  • He then completed the GDL in 1998, the LPC in 1999, and qualified as a solicitor in 2002.
  • He has been an LSC/LAA supervisor of housing cases since 2006.
  • Christian was Head of the Housing team at another London law firm from 2011 – 2018.
  • He joined Bindmans LLP in September 2018.

Christian’s significant areas of work include:

Landlord and tenant
  • Crown Estate Commissioners v (1) Governors of the Peabody Trust (2) Margaret Poplak [2011] EWHC 1467 – Established the status of Rent Act tenants following large scale transfer of their homes.
  • Advised several ‘short-life’ residents’ associations and successfully defended possessions claims by Lambeth Council.
  • Successful challenge to lawfulness of housing co-op’s re-possession policy
Public law – homelessness
  • Poshteh v Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea [2017] UKSC 36 – Appeal relating to Article 6 ECHR and the extent of local authority duties under Part VII of Housing Act 1996. The court’s decision widened the threshold for intervention in local authority decisions.
Public Law – Welfare Benefits
  • DA and DS v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2019] UKSC 21 – Acted for the intervenor, Just Fair, regarding the ambit of Art 8 ECHR and the application Art 14 and the ‘best interests of the child’ doctrine.
  • “Christian Hansen – extensive housing experience, bright and committed.”
  • “Christian Hansen: really efficient in managing huge caseloads and never misses anything. Christian is fearless in fighting for his client and gets great results, adopting a creative approach, blending his public law specialisms effectively. Incredibly user-friendly.”
Chambers and Partners 2023
  • Christian is ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Social Housing: Tenants.
  • He is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent tenants, including those bringing claims for disrepair and unlawful eviction.
  • “Christian Hansen is the best housing lawyer out there, bar none.”
  • “Christian Hansen – Excellent combination of experience and commitment.”