William Ford

Partner
Housing & Social Care
Property Litigation

  • “Will Ford is a leading figure in the social housing field. He is highly committed to his clients and leaves no stone unturned in seeking to assist them with their problems.”

  • “He is excellent – meticulous attention to detail and very knowledgeable.

  • "He is excellent - meticulous attention to detail and very knowledgeable."

    Chambers UK 2022

  • Practice head William Ford takes on public law challenges involving housing rights, community care, welfare benefits and support for migrants, among other areas. His work in the field of housing law often involves challenging local authorities' refusals to honour statutory obligations.

    Legal 500 2022

  • William Ford is a very well-known and well-respected solicitor who has acted in some of the most important recent public law cases involving housing and welfare issues. He is extremely intelligent, always on top of the latest legal developments, and very committed to his clients.

    Legal 500 2022

  • Will Ford – one of a handful of specialists in social security law. Outstanding experience & knowledge of complex statutory schemes.

    Legal 500 2022

  • Will is an astute litigator, and his breadth of knowledge across the fields of housing and social welfare law allows him to take a holistic approach to clients’ situations.

    Legal 500 2022

  • Will Ford is a leading figure in the social housing field. He is highly committed to his clients and leaves no stone unturned in seeking to assist them with their problems.

    Legal 500 2022

  • Will Ford – very experienced, highly professional and with a wide and deep knowledge of social housing litigation and related social welfare areas of law.

    Legal 500 2022

  • Will Ford is a very well-regarded figure in the housing law world and leads a team of high quality and committed lawyers.

    Legal 500 2022

  • "William Ford has an impressive track record handling a variety of possession, homelessness and unlawful eviction matters. He is also adept at community care cases where these issues intersect with housing law. Sources praise him for being 'completely on top of the law and a very good negotiator who gets the most for his clients.'"

  • “William acts on possession, disrepair and homelessness cases, and has particular expertise in the protection of tenancy deposits under the Housing Act 2004.”

    Chambers UK

  • “William Ford is impressive and devoted to the sector.”

    Chambers Uk

  • “Associate William Ford receives effusive praise for his dedication and commitment to social housing. Interviewees highlight his technical understanding and background in housing law, and describe him as highly impressive.”

    Chambers UK

  • “The ‘very thorough’ and ‘incredibly committed’ William Ford is a respected practitioner acting predominantly for tenants facing possession and eviction proceedings, homeless applicants or clients who are making disrepair claims. He understands the links between different parts of the law and housing – how your immigration status might link to housing, for example, or how care provisions might link to housing.”

    Chambers UK

  • “William Ford is a ‘tenacious litigator with a lovely manner that, combined with intelligence, knowledge and pragmatism, makes him a pleasure to work with."

  • “He is brilliant – he’s really intelligent and has great strategic capabilities.”

  • "The team at Osbornes is inspired by its leader Will Ford, a truly first-rate, modern lawyer’s lawyer. The team have blossomed under his Will and are now packed with conscientious, dedicated and excellent lawyers who always give their clients 100%."

    Legal 500 2021

  • "William Ford - A good technical lawyer with a strong commitment to his clients"

    Legal 500 2021

  • “Osbornes has an impressive social housing team and the quality of their work that I have seen is very high. Will Ford is a very well-regarded figure in the housing law world and leads a team of high quality and committed lawyers. The existence of family and property law teams at the firm, amongst others, means that they are able to offer a holistic and expert approach to their clients.”

    Legal 500 2021 - William Ford

  • William Ford is "highly committed to his clients and leaves no stone unturned in seeking to assist them with their problems"

    Chambers & Partners Directory 2020, William Ford

  • William Ford "is an astute litigator, and his breadth of knowledge allows him to take a holistic approach to clients’ situations."

    Chambers & Partners Directory 2020, William Ford

  • "He is one of the most passionate lawyers I've ever worked with. He's a rare commodity."

    Chambers UK

  • "William Ford frequently represents tenants in possession proceedings, homelessness appeals and disrepair claims... and is praised for his dynamic and hard-working approach."

    Chambers UK

  • "The absolutely brilliant William Ford."

    The Legal 500

  • William Ford receives effusive praise for his dedication and commitment to social housing. Interviewees highlight his technical understanding and background in housing law, and describe him as highly impressive."

    Chambers UK

  • 'First-class lawyer' William Ford is 'completely dedicated to making a positive difference', and is acting in cases challenging the 'bedroom tax'.

    Legal 500

  • William acts on possession, disrepair and homelessness cases, and has particular expertise in the protection of tenancy deposits under the Housing Act 2004

    Chambers UK

  • William Ford is impressive and devoted to the sector.

    Chambers UK

William's 2022 directory quotes

"He is excellent - meticulous attention...

"He is excellent - meticulous attention to detail and very knowledgeable."

Chambers UK 2022

Practice head William Ford takes on...

Practice head William Ford takes on public law challenges involving housing rights, community care, welfare benefits and support for migrants, among other areas. His work in the field of housing law often involves challenging local authorities' refusals to honour statutory obligations.

Legal 500 2022

William Ford is a very well-known...

William Ford is a very well-known and well-respected solicitor who has acted in some of the most important recent public law cases involving housing and welfare issues. He is extremely intelligent, always on top of the latest legal developments, and very committed to his clients.

Legal 500 2022

Will Ford – one of a handful...

Will Ford – one of a handful of specialists in social security law. Outstanding experience & knowledge of complex statutory schemes.

Legal 500 2022

Will is an astute litigator, and...

Will is an astute litigator, and his breadth of knowledge across the fields of housing and social welfare law allows him to take a holistic approach to clients’ situations.

Legal 500 2022

Will Ford is a leading figure...

Will Ford is a leading figure in the social housing field. He is highly committed to his clients and leaves no stone unturned in seeking to assist them with their problems.

Legal 500 2022

Will Ford – very experienced, highly professional...

Will Ford – very experienced, highly professional and with a wide and deep knowledge of social housing litigation and related social welfare areas of law.

Legal 500 2022

Will Ford is a very well-regarded...

Will Ford is a very well-regarded figure in the housing law world and leads a team of high quality and committed lawyers.

Legal 500 2022

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    William is ranked in the Chambers UK guide:

    “He is brilliant – he’s really...

    “He is brilliant – he’s really intelligent and has great strategic capabilities.”

    William Ford is "highly committed to...

    William Ford is "highly committed to his clients and leaves no stone unturned in seeking to assist them with their problems"

    Chambers & Partners Directory 2020, William Ford

    William Ford "is an astute litigator,...

    William Ford "is an astute litigator, and his breadth of knowledge allows him to take a holistic approach to clients’ situations."

    Chambers & Partners Directory 2020, William Ford

    "He is one of the most...

    "He is one of the most passionate lawyers I've ever worked with. He's a rare commodity."

    Chambers UK

    "William Ford frequently represents tenants in...

    "William Ford frequently represents tenants in possession proceedings, homelessness appeals and disrepair claims... and is praised for his dynamic and hard-working approach."

    Chambers UK

    William’s reported cases

    Ward, Gullu and others v London Borough of Hillingdon [2019] EWCA Civ 692

    Successful appeal in the Court of Appeal which established that the London Borough of Hillingdon’s social housing allocation scheme unlawfully discriminated on the basis of race.

    Barrow v Kazim [2018] EWCA Civ 2414

    First authority from Court of Appeal confirming that a section 21 notice cannot be served by a superior landlord directly on subtenants during the term of a mesne tenancy in relation to an assured shorthold tenancy.

    Bagum v Hafiz and Hai [2015] EWCA Civ 801

    A landmark Court of Appeal decision concerning powers of the Court under s14 of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 in relation to orders for sale.

    SSWP v SFF and others [2015] UKUT 502 (AAC)

    Successful test case before the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) concerning the maternity rights of EEA nationals exercising their rights to freedom of movement and the domestic scope of the decision by the Court of Justice of the EU in Saint Prix C-507/12.

    Gladehurst Properties Ltd v Hashemi [2011] EWCA Civ

    A leading Court of Appeal decision concerning the interpretation of the Housing Act 2004 in relation to tenancy deposits, which was credited as bringing about a change in the law in this area.

     

    William is a Leading Individual in Legal 500:

    "The team at Osbornes is inspired...

    "The team at Osbornes is inspired by its leader Will Ford, a truly first-rate, modern lawyer’s lawyer. The team have blossomed under his Will and are now packed with conscientious, dedicated and excellent lawyers who always give their clients 100%."

    Legal 500 2021

    "William Ford - A good technical...

    "William Ford - A good technical lawyer with a strong commitment to his clients"

    Legal 500 2021

    “Osbornes has an impressive social housing...

    “Osbornes has an impressive social housing team and the quality of their work that I have seen is very high. Will Ford is a very well-regarded figure in the housing law world and leads a team of high quality and committed lawyers. The existence of family and property law teams at the firm, amongst others, means that they are able to offer a holistic and expert approach to their clients.”

    Legal 500 2021 - William Ford

    "The absolutely brilliant William Ford."

    "The absolutely brilliant William Ford."

    The Legal 500

    'First-class lawyer' William Ford is 'completely...

    'First-class lawyer' William Ford is 'completely dedicated to making a positive difference', and is acting in cases challenging the 'bedroom tax'.

    Legal 500

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    6. 8.4.2021

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    7. 29.1.2021

      What does the national lockdown mean for possession...

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    8. 23.12.2020

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    9. 22.12.2020

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      Young mother secures accommodation after illegal evictions during...

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    11. 22.12.2020

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    13. 24.11.2020

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    14. 20.11.2020

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    15. 20.11.2020

      You are homeless because you are in shared...

      It is well established that shared facilities are not suitable for families with children as long term accommodation. The client...

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    16. 9.11.2020

      Case Summary: Private Tenant affected by leaks settles...

      Our client had a private sector tenancy for a flat located in a block owned by a local authority. Our...

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    17. 27.5.2020

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      Homelessness law and procedure can be very complicated. We hope this blog gives you some helpful pointers but it is...

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    18. 4.5.2020

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    19. 29.4.2020

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    20. 17.4.2020

      Harassment and Unlawful Evictions of Tenants during COVID-19...

      At these hugely challenging times, I thought it would be helpful to provide some insight for tenants facing harassment and...

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    21. 31.3.2020

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    24. 26.3.2020

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