Manjit is recognised as a leading individual in Social Welfare Law, ranked by her peers in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directories. She was a finalist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the Social and Welfare category. Manjit has over 10 years’ litigation experience. Her case work involves complex fast track and multi-track trials.
You can rely on Manjit to provide clear concise advice from the outset and throughout your matter, she is straight talking and has a no nonsense and pragmatic approach to litigation and is always mindful not to incur unnecessary litigation costs.
She represents clients in possession proceedings (all types) including: antisocial behaviour, rent arrears, mortgage possession, allegations of fraud, declarations for a right to succession of a tenancy, eviction, including illegal eviction, harassment and enforcement of legal charge issues. She has a keen interest in pursuing the cross over between housing and public law, human rights and discrimination issues in possession proceedings.
Manjit has extensive experience in dealing with disrepair matters, including advising leaseholder tenants. She has settled cases involving significant damages and is experienced in handling disputes at mediation.
Her casework includes judicial review of local authority decision making. Manjit can quickly identify the cross over between Children Act and Housing Act duties, having volunteered within the legal team at the Howard Legal for Penal Reform. She advises on issues of access to accommodation and support for young people. Manjit also accepts instructions in relation to adult social care issues. She has been instructed by the Official Solicitor in a number of cases on behalf of clients who lack litigation capacity and by Lasting Power of Attorneys.
- Manjit has provided expert training to external organisations and to other lawyers on behalf of HLPA in relation to antisocial behaviour issues.
- Manjit is a member of the Housing Lawyers Practitioners Association (HLPA) and was instrumental in setting up and sitting on the junior HLPA committee.
- Manjit is a member on the Community Care for Children and Young People (CCCYP)
- Manjit is an advocate for the possession, duty desk scheme at Court.
What the directories say
- Legal 500 2018 – recommended.
- Chambers & Partners 2017 – Manjit Mandair …is “very good with vulnerable clients.” Sources say: “She extracts the best result from the case and is very determined and hardworking.”
- Chambers & Partners 2016– Manjit Mandair is also recommended for being “efficient and always very helpful.” She is described as “hard-working, committed to clients and excellent at building relationships, as well as very practical in terms of outcomes.
- Chambers & Partners 2016 -“Manjit is a dedicated housing & public law solicitor who has built up a strong reputation for tackling and winning complex challenging cases.”
- Legal 500 2015– “Manjit is a ‘recommended solicitor’.”
- Legal 500 2013 – describes Manjit as an ‘exceptional assistant solicitor’ who is ‘up and coming‘.
- Representing a protected rent act tenant Claimant in relation to harassment/illegal eviction and trespass by her landlord securing a global settlement of £175,000 without a trial. The dispute had been on-going for some 20 years before Manjit was instructed with previous professionals unable to resolve the dispute.
- A freeholder failed to carry out remedial works to our leasehold client’s property in accordance with a court order, this firm issued enforcement proceedings. As a result the case has been settled with the remedial works having been carried out and a sum of £33,671.72 being set off against our client’s service charge arrears.
- Manjit represented a client in obtaining an injunction against a private landlord requiring him to stop harassing her client and to reinstate the heating and hot water at our client’s property. At trial the client has been awarded £20,400.00 damages and his legal costs.
- Manjit was instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of a vulnerable defendant accused of serious allegations of antisocial behaviour. She avoided an outright possession order being made and relied on public law arguments. As a result our client was provided with alternative accommodation. Manjit has settled numerous antisocial behaviour cases offering alternatives to outright possession orders being made, including signposting our clients to receive support to continue to live independently.
- She regularly defends claims of possession involving allegations of non-occupation, fraud and subletting, in one such case involving two local authorities jointly operating to gather surveillance evidence to support their claim the claim was dismissed on assessment of the examination of evidence.
- Manjit was recently instructed by a Lasting Power of Attorney to apply to Court to obtain a possession order on behalf of an 84 year old client who was being safeguarded by the local authority in a care home due to concerns that her son and his partner refused to leave her home and alleged that substantial funds had been withdrawn from her accounts. A possession claim and urgent application to expedite proceedings was issued at Court and a possession order made in favour of her client.
- Manjit successfully represented a tenant with a Buddleia growth which had caused extensive damage to an external wall requiring the demolition of part of the property. Our client was permanently moved and received significant compensation. Manjit routinely assists tenants and leaseholders with disrepair matters including securing remedial works to be carried out and obtaining damages on behalf of her clients.
- Manjit has enabled clients to re-enter their properties after an eviction has been carried out.
- Manjit prevented the eviction of a tenant owing over £10,000 rent arrears to the local authority relying on public law grounds.
What clients say about Manjit:
- Manjit took over the case and “was extremely understanding, non-judgmental and her professionalism put me at ease.”
- “Manjit is an extremely efficient, knowledgeable and hard-working solicitor.”
- “Manjit represented me and saw the case through with the best possible outcome; the eviction was overturned and the further issues regarding council tax were successful at the tribunal. The judge commented specifically on how well the case had been prepared.”