William Ford

Partner
Housing & Social Care
Property Litigation

  • “The team at Osbornes is inspired by its leader Will Ford, a truly first-rate, modern lawyer’s lawyer.”

  • “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

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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

    William's InsightsVIEW ALL

    1. 29.1.2021What does the national lockdown mean...

      The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to all elements of life, and possession proceedings are no exception. The number of...

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    2. 23.12.2020EU Nationals with Pre-Settled Status entitled...

      Court Judgment means EU Nationals with Pre-Settled Status can access benefits and housing On 18 December 2020 the Court of Appeal handed...

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    3. 22.12.2020Young mother secures accommodation after illegal...

      Here at Osbornes we have seen illegal evictions on the increase during this global pandemic. Osbornes have been advising many...

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    4. 22.12.2020Osbornes applying to Supreme Court in...

      In the case of Gateway Housing Association –v- Begum (2) the Court of Appeal recently decided that a tenant must leave...

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    5. 22.12.2020Housing disrepair issues resolved after three...

      Osbornes were instructed on behalf of a disabled tenant who had been decanted from her temporary accommodation for some three...

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    6. 22.12.2020Eviction from home of vulnerable man...

      Osbornes were instructed just before the lockdown to prevent the eviction of a vulnerable man with capacity issues. He had...

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