Sarah Salmon

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Sarah specialises in local government, housing, and property law and is chair of the Social Housing Law Association.

Sarah is a specialist housing, property and local government barrister. She has represented public bodies (including the police), charities, local authorities, housing associations, individuals and companies in her specialist areas. She became chair of the Social Housing Law Association in January 2019.

Sarah is recommended in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for housing and was Highly Commended in the 2020 Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year category at the Advocate Bar Pro Bono Awards. In October 2020, she was chosen to take part in the Bar Council’s inaugural leadership programme.

In 2020, Sarah participated in the Master of the Rolls Working Group on possession proceedings. In 2019, she was part of the JUSTICE housing disputes working party. In 2018, she was part of the advisory board from the report Closing the Gaps: Health and Safety in Housing, commissioned by the charity Shelter following the Grenfell Tower fire.


  • Public Law and Judicial Review

    As part of her housing and local government practice, Sarah deals with public law, Equality Act and human rights issues on a regular basis. In addition, she has been instructed in a broad range of public law work. Her recent work has included cases concerning anti-social behaviour, s.222 Local Government Act 1972, fraud investigations, duties owed to children, Gypsy and Traveller law and mobile homes.

    Sarah is currently instructed by West Midlands Police in relation to applications under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 for gang injunctions against two rival gangs operating in the Coventry area.

    She has also recently been instructed to advise:

    • a charitable service where there have been alleged breaches of the Equality Act 2010 and data protection law;
    • an organisation on alleged breaches of the Equality Act 2010 arising in relation to a training course;
    • a housing association on its policy concerning mobile homes; and,
    • on challenges to Ombudsman decisions and an inquiry by a regulator in relation to alleged misconduct and mismanagement of a housing association.

    Sarah is the co-author of Judicial Review Proceedings: A Practitioners Guide, 3rd edition (LAG, 2012).


    • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Others v Persons Unknown (London Gypsies and Travellers Friends, Families and Travellers and National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups intervening) [2021] EWHC 1201 (QB) – junior counsel for the London Borough of Hounslow led by Ranjit Bhose QC.
    • R (oao (1) Mercy Amaranye and (2) A) v London Borough of Croydon [2021] EWHC 1088 (Admin) – junior counsel for the authority successfully defending judicial review proceedings into its decision to launch a fraud investigation into someone who lied to obtain accommodation under s.17 Children Act 1989.
    • Birmingham City Council v SS and SA [2016] EWCA Civ 1211; [2017] HLR 6 – a case concerning the proper approach to be taken by housing benefit authorities to the restriction of benefit for occupiers of “exempt” accommodation to which the normal local housing allowance and “maximum rent” rules do not apply.
    • James v Birmingham City Council [2013] EWCA Civ 552 – the first time the Court of Appeal considered gang-injunctions under section 34 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 (junior counsel).
    • Morrison Facilities Services Limited v Norwich City Council [2010] EWHC 487 (Ch) – junior counsel for the authority.
  • Property

    Sarah advises and represents in all areas of property law. Sarah has experience of service charge disputes, leasehold enfranchisement, proceedings relating to breach of covenant or condition, rent repayment orders and has advised on matters under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002. Sarah has recently advised two London local authorities in relation to cladding on their leasehold properties.

    Sarah also accepts instructions from residential and commercial landlords and tenants. She is able advice on various issues, including type of tenure, service of notices, bringing and defending possession proceedings, including those relating to mortgaged properties, claims for unlawful eviction and harassment, landlord licensing and registration and injunctions to enforce access and other covenants.

    Sarah appeared for the tenant in Jarvis v Evans (Shelter Cymru intervening) [2020] EWCA Civ 854; [2021] 1 WLR 24 – a case concerning landlord licensing in Wales.

  • Housing

    Sarah is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for housing. Her caseload involves all aspects of housing law including possession, homelessness and allocations, Equality Act 2010 duties, welfare benefits, anti-social behaviour, unlawful eviction and housing conditions (including issues with cladding).

    She acts for local authorities, private registered providers and tenants.


    • Jarvis v Evans [2020] EWCA Civ 854; [2021] 1 WLR 24 – the first case to see the provisions of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 before the higher courts. The case held that a section 8, Housing Act 1988 notice served by a landlord was a “notice to terminate a tenancy” and if such a notice was served by a landlord who was unlicensed in Wales, it was invalid. Sarah was lead counsel for the tenants.
    • Gil v Camden LBC [2020] EWHC 735(QB) – counsel for the successful local authority.
    • Royal Borough of Greenwich v Charlotte Tuitt [2014] EWCA Civ 1669; [2015] HLR 10 – Sarah acted for the successful local authority resisting a challenge to the making of an immediate possession order in circumstances where the behaviour was caused by the tenant’s son as opposed to the tenant herself.
    • Octavia Housing v Winter [2012] EWCA Civ 436 – appeared for the successful landlord.