Andrew Lane

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Andy’s practice focuses on social housing and property, and administrative and public law.

He works primarily for local authorities and housing associations, although has extensive experience advising and representing private landlords and their associations.

Though Andy has extensive experience in matters ranging from housing possession trials to appellate advocacy in the higher courts, clients have increasingly instructed him to also advise on policies, tenancy agreements and the impact of government policies.

The legal directories consistently recognise him as one of the leading practitioners at the Bar in the Social Housing field.

Andy practises primarily in the housing, local authority and public law fields. He acts primarily for local authorities and private registered providers of social housing and has extensive advocacy experience in courts and tribunals up to the Supreme Court.

Before coming to the Bar Andy spent over 10 years working in the statutory and voluntary sector in the field of housing, debt and benefits advice. He has spent time on a local authority as a councillor, and held a number of portfolios during that time, including Chair of the Housing Committee. This background has meant that Andy is very approachable, comfortable in a variety of settings and able to articulate his advice and case in a manner that is both attractive and compelling.

Social Housing has always been the mainstay of his practice, and this covers the full range, including housing possession and injunction trials and appellate advocacy in the higher courts. Clients have increasingly instructed him to also advise on policies, regulatory matters, tenancy agreements and the impact of government policies.

Additionally, he works in the public law and Housing Act 2004 fields, whether that be free-standing challenges (such as homelessness appeals or judicial reviews), benefits appeals, magistrates’ court prosecutions or as part of existing proceedings (for example, public sector equality duty and s. 11 Children Act 2004 defences to possession claims).

The legal directories have consistently recognised Andy as one of the leading practitioners at the Bar in the Social Housing field by placing him in the top-ranking category:

‘Fiercely intelligent, a formidable opponent, yet friendly, down to earth and approachable.’ (Legal 500, 2021)

‘His knowledge is exceptional, and his advocacy and written services have been consistently at a very high standard.’ (Chambers and Partners, 2021)

He is the author of Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud and has set up a blog to encourage the free flow of information on this topic.

Andy is known for his instinctive client care skills, thorough knowledge of the law, tactical awareness and exceptional advocacy skills.

His recent appearances in the higher courts include Salix Homes v Mantato [2019] 1 WLR 3609, Powell v Dacorum Borough Council [2019] HLR 21, Adam v City of Westminster [2019] HLR 15, Gullu v Hillingdon LBC/Ward v Hillingdon LBC [2019] HLR 30, Hertfordshire County Council v Davies [2020] EWHC 838 (QB), R (Z and anor) v Hackney LBC and anor [2020] 1 WLR 4327 and Ohio Stanley v Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 1458.

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