Andrew Arden QC

Andrew is recognised as being at the forefront of the development of housing law and a leading ‘all-round local government silk’ in Chambers & Partners UK. He has been variously described by them as ‘the godfather of housing law’, ‘pre-eminent in the field’, ‘consistently involved in the biggest and best cases’, ‘head and shoulders above anyone else in housing litigation’ and ‘a genius who wins and wins.’ He founded Arden Chambers in 1993 to provide a centre for specialist practice primarily in the area of housing law

Justin Bates


Justin’s practice covers all aspects of housing, property and local government law.  He is the Deputy General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and is the author or co-author of a number of other books and annotated statutes. In 2015 he gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly on the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill and the House of Lords on housing and the Equality Act 2010. He also drafted the Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Bill for Karen Buck MP and various amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill for John Healey MP (Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning) and the rest of the Shadow housing team. In 2017, he gave evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Committees on Legal Aid and the Private Rented Sector. He also assisted DCLG with the review of unfair terms in the residential property sector. He has numerous recommendations in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for both property and housing law.

He is particularly familiar with the work of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal/First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and has appeared in a number of reported Lands Tribunal/Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and Court of Appeal cases concerning leasehold disputes, including most of the major Right to Manage cases.

Alice Richardson


Alice’s practice covers all aspects of housing law including possession, homelessness, allocations, anti-social behaviour, unlawful eviction, disrepair, succession and assignment.

She has a particular interest in homelessness cases and has been instructed in both s.204 appeals and applications for judicial review. In the recent case of R (Sambotin) v Brent LBC [2017] EWHC 1190 (Admin) she successfully represented the claimant in a  judicial review of a local authority’s decision to revoke a favourable decision made under Part 7, Housing Act 1996.

During pupillage, Alice assisted on a number of homelessness matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal including Firoozmand v Lambeth LBC [2015] EWCA Civ 952; [2016] PTSR 65; [2015] HLR 45.

She has participated in secondment schemes to two local authorities and to a large housing association. As part of those secondments  she  has managed an active caseload covering a broad spectrum of housing matters including homelessness, allocations, anti-social behaviour, succession/assignment and possession claims with discrimination and public law defences.

She has advised local authorities and housing associations on social housing fraud, the right to buy and various aspects of housing policy and procedure.

Clara Zang


Clara represents both claimants and defendants in all areas of housing law. She has experience of possession claims, homelessness, succession, assignment, unlawful eviction, subletting, disrepair, warrant suspensions, bedroom tax, injunctions, discrimination and public law defences. Clara currently provides Court of Appeal case summaries for Housing Law Week.

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