- Called: 2006
"A consummate lawyer who acts for the benefit of the client at all times"
Chambers & Partners
Jennifer specialises in property and family law. She combines in-depth legal analysis with realistic advice. Her sensitive and tenacious approach is welcomed by all her clients, ranging from social landlords to divorcing couples. She is a skilled negotiator who frequently assists clients to reach successful settlement.
Jennifer is a former member of the housing team at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, where she was identified as a leading individual in the field of social housing.
Jennifer has a broad experience of property matters. During her legal training she worked as a housing caseworker at Citizens Advice where she regularly advised on homelessness and judicial review applications. At Hodge Jones & Allen she acted for clients in property matters ranging from housing succession to disrepair. Her practice areas include:
- Social Housing: possession, succession, tenancy fraud and anti-social behaviour
- Public law: homelessness appeals, allocation and Equality Act
- Injunctions and committal: ASB, access and breach of tenancy
- Private landlord and tenant disputes
- Dilapidations, disrepair and environmental health
- Business tenancies: renewal, termination and breach of lease
- First-tier tribunal (Property Chamber) disputes and Upper Tribunal appeals
- Court of Protection and mental health
- Cohabitation disputes (TLATA) and property trusts
- Powell v London Borough of Hackney, Jennifer represented the authority in this s204 homelessness appeal in which the court determined that the local authority was entitled to take into account future repair works when considering the suitability of temporary accommodation.
- Paris v London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Jennifer successfully argued that permission to appeal should not be granted as there was no relationship of trust and confidence between the housing officer and the tenant therefore the argument of undue influence was doomed to fail.
- Wandsworth v Savage, Jennifer successfully argued that the Notice to Quit was “sufficiently served” if it had been served on the Personal Representatives and a copy had been served on the Public Trustee before the commencement of proceedings.
- Luton BC v Sutherland, in which Jennifer successfully argued that a proportionality defence based on vulnerability could not succeed under the new absolute ground for possession under s84A of the Housing Act 1985.
- Quinn v Dacorum BC, Jennifer represented the authority in this s204 homelessness appeal in which the court determined that the local authority did not need to give the applicant the “benefit of the doubt” where it was satisfied that the cause of the homelessness was due to a deliberate act on the part of the applicant.
Jennifer advises and represents clients in the following areas:
Financial remedies upon divorce, from first appointment to final hearing
Interim applications including maintenance pending suit
Cohabitation disputes and other TLATA 1966 applications
Applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Defendants) Act 1975
Private Children Act 1989 matters including child arrangement applications, relocation, specific issue, parental responsibility and domestic violence
Family Law Act claims including non-molestation and occupation orders
Jennifer is a qualified family mediator.
She conducts mediations on a wide range of family matters including divorce, financial settlement, children arrangements and extended family disputes. She is particularly adept at helping clients find creative solutions.
Wadham College Oxford – English BA (Hons) (Oxon)
University of Westminster – Graduate Diploma in Law
BPP School of Law – BVC (Outstanding)
Jennifer has recently given seminars on the following subjects:
- Termination of tenancy – getting the notice right
- Court of Protection and mental health
- Housing, succession and death
Jennifer was a founder member of Junior HLPA (Housing Law Practitioners’ Association)
She is a current member of the following:
– Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
– Middle Temple