Kelvin Rutledge QC

Silk: 2013 | Call: 1989

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Kelvin Rutledge QC is a specialist in local government law with a nationwide client base. His practice covers most areas of local authority responsibilities but he is especially well known for his experience and expertise in the fields of housing and social care. He is a highly accomplished advocate with multiple appearances in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In addition to appellate work, Kelvin undertakes judicial review cases, civil trials, inquests and public inquiries. He is also a highly experienced and knowledgeable property lawyer.

Kelvin provides advocacy, advisory and drafting services in relation to a wide range of topics including, in the last two years, homelessness and housing allocation schemes, care home contracts, children’s services, housing finance, road traffic management schemes, land appropriation, public procurement, leaseholder’s rights, ombudsman’s complaints, ordinary residence disputes and equality duties. Kelvin regularly provides assistance to authorities on matters of policy and public governance. He also appears and advises in related areas of European, human rights and private law.

Common themes running through the directory entries are that Kelvin is a highly knowledgeable and technically-adept lawyer; a tenacious advocate with a friendly and accessible manner, and that clients enjoy working with him. He has a strong work ethic and can be relied upon to meet deadlines.

Kelvin has appeared in some of the leading cases in his field including Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2022] (Supreme Court, flexible tenancies); R(Gullu) v Hillingdon LBC [2019] (Court of Appeal, housing allocations schemes); Hackney LBC v Haque [2017] (Court of Appeal, public sector equality duty); Hotak v Southwark LBC [2015] (Supreme Court, homelessness vulnerability); Temur v Hackney LBC [2014] (Court of Appeal, homelessness reviews); McDonald v RB Kensington & Chelsea [2011] (Supreme Court, adult social care duties; resources); Hounslow LBC v Powell [2011] (Supreme Court, possession proceedings and human rights) and M v Slough BC [2008] (House of Lords, adult social care, definition of ‘care and attention’).

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