Rory Matheson

Housing & Social Care
Property Litigation

  • “We deal with many incredibly vulnerable clients who are often torture survivors. Over the years we have dealt with many solicitors and we feel that Rory is by far the best for a number of reasons. He is efficient, he seems to work in a parallel universe which has more hours than we do. He communicates every new event that happens to our clients and to us and asks for our support when needed. He really works in partnership with us. He gets our clients immediately and chases up every due date, is continually proactive and very importantly has won pretty much all our cases.”

Rory’s notable cases

  • O, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Lambeth [2016] EWHC 937 – A Judicial Review where the High Court set out detailed guidance on when a public body can draw an adverse inference from prior dishonesty.
  • R (on the application of Halvai) v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham[2017] EWHC 802 – The first successful appeal in the High Court against a local authority’s decision to refuse to grant Discretionary Housing Payments to an extremely vulnerable tenant.
  • Raufi v LB Islington.The County Court at Central London, 22.5.2018 – A successful County Court appeal against a decision that a homeless applicant did not have a priority need for housing on the basis that he was significantly more vulnerable as a result of various medical conditions. Unusually, the County Court varied the local authority’s decision to one that the applicant was in priority need for housing.
  • R (on the application of AS, by his litigation friend Mr Francesco Jeff of the Refugee Council) -v- Kent County Council[2017] UKUT 446 – Rory was part of the team working on this matter, where the Upper Tribunal determined the unreliability of dental expert evidence when assessing the ages of unaccompanied asylum seeking putative children.

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