- Called: 2014
Elizabeth is a member of the Property Team at Five Paper and a specialist in social housing and landlord & tenant law.
Elizabeth has a wealth of experience in property law. In 2005 she was part of a government pilot scheme providing housing law advice via webcam to members of the public. She qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and as a solicitor-advocate in 2012. In 2014 she was Called to the Bar and is now a sought-after advocate for both social housing and residential landlord & tenant matters.
Elizabeth is a committee member for the Social Housing Law Association and a member of the Property Bar Association and the Housing Law Practitioners Association. She was ranked in the 2018 ‘Hot 100’ feature by News on the Block as an influential landlord & tenant professional, and is a regular contributor to Lexis Nexis practice notes and Q&As. She is a regular speaker at conferences and training events.
Elizabeth is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public through the Direct Public Access scheme.
Elizabeth’s practice covers all aspects of housing law, including anti-social behaviour, possession proceedings, right to buy, unlawful eviction and harassment, allocation of social housing, disrepair, housing management, and injunctions.
She regularly deals with Equality Act and Human Rights arguments and has advised and represented clients in a range of issues such as security of tenure, death and succession; interpretation of lease and tenancy clauses; housing conditions; compliance with policies; and the proportionality of eviction.
Elizabeth regularly acts for local authorities in homelessness appeals and judicial review proceedings concerning housing duties.
Recent cases include;
- Acting for a social landlord in a claim for possession and unlawful profits order following the unlawful subletting of a flat. An immediate possession order was made, together with an order that the tenant pay £27,000 in unlawful profits to the landlord;
- Acting for a social landlord in a claim for possession against a hoarder who raised an Equality Act and Human Rights defence to argue that he should be allowed to live in a four bedroom house of which only a couple of downstairs rooms could be utilised, and the garden should be allowed to contain several mobile home units and unused white goods for visitors. An immediate order for possession was made;
- Acting in a Closure Order case where the tenant allowed his property to be used for all-night parties while he worked a night shift. A Closure Order was made, subsequently extended, and ultimately an order for possession was obtained;
- Acting for a landlord in a disrepair claim where the tenant could not establish notice of disrepair. The claim was dismissed.
Elizabeth regularly advises on and represents landlords and tenants alike in the renewal of tenancies, rent review, service charge disputes, disrepair and leasehold enfranchisement for residential leasehold property.
Recent cases include
- Acting for a tenant in a valuation for leasehold extension, including the cross examination of expert witnesses and legal argument on the correct calculations to utilise;
- Acting for a commercial landlord in a service charge dispute against five leaseholders in conjoined proceedings with various cross-applications. The landlord achieved a money judgment using the county court pilot scheme in the tribunal for the full sum which they had sought;
- Represented the landlord in the leading case in which the Upper Tribunal gave guidance on when the tribunal should award unreasonable costs in Willow Court Management Co v Alexander; Sinclair v 231 Sussex Gardens Right to Manage Ltd; Stone v 54 Hogarth Rd, London SW5 Management Ltd  UKUT 290 (LC).
Elizabeth regularly acts in property litigation involving easements, rights of way, the beneficial ownership of property, trusts of land, proprietary estoppel, adverse possession and boundary disputes.
Recent cases include;
- A claim for a declaration as to beneficial ownership of property to be sold where there were no written or agreed understandings between three property owners who bought a residential property for the use of their wider community;
- In a claim for possession where a husband had sold a long lease to his wife but had retained the freehold title to property in order to avoid a criminal confiscation order but who later claimed a beneficial interest of the whole;
- A claim for a declaration as to the existence of three rights of way to residential property comprising an old quarry in Cornwall which had been sold and utilised as residential property, acting for the dominant landowner, who established all three rights of way based on three different causes of action.
- BA(Hons) History, University of Bristol, 2003
- LLDip & LPC, College of Law Chester, 2004 & 2005
- Winner of the College of Law Mooting Competition, 2004
- Winner of the College of Law Advocacy Prize, 2005
- Added to the Rolls as a Solicitor, 2008
- Solicitor Advocate, 2012
- Call to the Bar, Middle Temple, 2014
- Social Housing Law Association committee member
- Property Bar Association
- Housing Law Practitioners Association