Housing and Social Care
Experiencing problems when it comes to your home and welfare can have a devastating effect on your life and the lives of your family, our objective is to assist our clients to the best of our ability in resolving those problems as quickly and comprehensively as possible.
At Osbornes Law we have one of the largest and most specialised Housing and Social Care legal teams in London. The department is made up of some of the most experienced and outstanding solicitors in their field who undertake cases involving housing, community care issues and also welfare benefits.
Our team has particular expertise in:
- Helping individuals and families who are experiencing housing problems with their local authority.
- Acting for housing association tenants, leaseholders, private tenants and the homeless to resolve all manner of housing issues.
We are proud to be able to assist people with a wide range of needs, circumstances and from all backgrounds. Our aim – to achieve the best possible results for our clients.
Our solicitors have gained a reputation for being among the leading specialists in challenging age assessments of asylum seeking children, as well as challenging the lawfulness of local authority’s housing and community care policies.
Our specialist solicitors also undertake challenges to Care Assessments, for both young people and adults, undertaken by the local authority and also securing assessments where the local authority has failed to carry out one according to their duties.
The team is highly successful in making Judicial Review applications across these areas in order to get results for our clients, with a fantastic track record of success leading to a number of reported cases.
We are able to pursue Judicial Review proceedings in a wide range of cases under our Public Law legal aid contract.
Why you should choose Osbornes Law for your Housing and Social Care issues:
- You will be represented by a member Housing and Social Care department, which has been recognised and recommended by the independent legal directories the Legal 500 (Tier 2) and Chambers and Partners (Band 2) “They are an outstanding firm to work with. They are consistently impressive in their work.”
- Throughout your matter you will deal with the same legal team who will keep you updated on the progress of your case and any decisions made.
- Our impressive track record and reputation in providing advice in housing, community care, public law and welfare benefits to the most vulnerable members of the community, including those who suffer from mental health issues, the disabled, the elderly, and those with language difficulties.
- Our team’s expertise in dealing with Housing matters such as defending possession proceedings, warrants for eviction, homelessness, challenging suitability of accommodation, unlawful evictions, disrepair and many other issues
- Our team’s knowledge and skill in conducting Community Care cases such as challenging Care Act assessments, Children’s Act needs assessments, care leaver status, age assessments by local authorities, adaptations to the home, and Judicial Review proceedings amongst many others
“Headed by the ‘absolutely brilliant’ William Ford, Osbornes’ team is noted for its ‘cross-practice expertise in areas such as housing and community care’, which it brings to bear in disrepair, possession and homelessness cases involving vulnerable adults, individuals with language difficulties, the elderly and those with no recourse to public funds. Ford is acting in an ongoing judicial review concerning the lawfulness of a London borough’s housing allocation scheme. Other key figures include Shilpa Mathuradas, who has handled eviction and disrepair claims with community care aspects, and Edward Taylor, who was part of a team representing a client in a homelessness appeal which considered whether a potential residence in the client’s native country is grounds for lawful denial of social housing assistance. Associate Manjit Mandair is also recommended.” – Legal 500
The department has legal aid contracts in Housing, Community Care, Welfare Benefits and Public Law, and is able to offer advice to those clients who qualify for Legal Aid where it is available. We also offer clients alternative funding methods for those who do not qualify for public funding at competitive rates.
In cases of Housing Disrepair we assess each matter on a case by case basis and in some instances may be able to offer a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) or “No Win No Fee” where it is considered appropriate to do so.
How will my case be dealt with by Osbornes Law?
You can submit details of your query using our online enquiry form or by ringing our offices on 020 7485 8811 and ask to speak to a member of the Housing and Social Care Team.
Your query will initially be considered by one of our experienced and knowledgeable legal response team, who will take down the salient details of your matter and then discuss your case with an appropriate specialist solicitors in the department.
An assessment will be made as to whether your case falls within an area of expertise, the legal merits of your case, and the capacity of our solicitors to take on your matter. In cases where legal aid funding is available, you will be asked about the details of your financial circumstances to carry out an initial assessment of your eligibility. Regardless of our ability to take on your case we aim to respond to every enquiry in a timely manner.
Since April 2013 public funding is no longer available for welfare benefit appeals before the First Tier Tribunal. We may be able to offer advice on a private fee paying basis in relation to welfare benefits appeals.
However, we are able to assist with welfare benefits appeals to the Upper Tribunal under the terms of our legal aid contract, assuming you meet the legal aid eligibility criteria, and we are able to take on your case. To speak with us on a confidential basis about your housing and social care issue contact us now by telephone or by filling in our online enquiry form
“Represents tenants in the full variety of housing law matters, including issues of possession, eviction, disrepair and anti-social behaviour. Also experienced in homelessness and community care issues, as well as public law and judicial review claims. Regularly assists migrants and other vulnerable clients. Also equipped to provide advice on welfare benefits.”
Client’s say “You can expect a really good level of advice and great service. The solicitors keep us really well informed.”
Chambers and Partners
Brexit Advice for EU Nationals
Are you an EU National unsure of your legal position in the UK since Brexit? – housing and social care lawyer, William Ford, can help you.
Osbornes Law are offering a fixed fee meeting to advise on your right to reside at this present time. William has a particular interest in cases with an EU law or immigration element. He has been specifically recognised for understanding the links between immigration status and housing.
To arrange a meeting contact us on 020 7485 8811 or fill in our online form and we will get in touch, at a convenient time.