Nick regularly lectures to RPs and local authority clients on a wide range of housing management and property litigation issues. He is a regular speaker at public events including those organised by amongst others, the CIH, NHF, Capita, NHMF, Direct Works Forum and SHLA.
Areas of Expertise
Nick advises on all aspects of housing law, housing and property litigation. His clients are typically housing associations and local authorities. His specialisms include complex litigation including judicial review, together with non-contentious advice relating in particular to policies and procedures, rent and service charge issues, and compliance with Regulation.
Nick is part of our cross-departmental Information Team who advises on data protection and freedom of information issues.
Prior to coming to Devonshires Solicitors, Nick was a solicitor at Prince Evans, another niche housing association firm, where he completed his Articles.
Nick is the lead editor of our Housing Management and Leasehold Management Briefs. He was one of the contributing authors to Jordan’s Guide to the Housing Act 1996 and has had articles published in the Solicitors Journal, the Journal of Housing Law and Inside Housing.
Nick is ranked as a key individual (Band 1) in the field of Social Housing by Chambers 2014 and has been ranked Band 1 in Chambers for more than 10 years. He is also a “leading individual” in the Legal 500.
Nick is a keen cyclist and skier.
Nick is a former Board Member of Colchester Borough Homes. He is also a founding member and the current Chair of the Social Housing Law Association.
Nick has been involved in a number of high profile cases, including the leading case on housing associations as public bodies (London & Quadrant –v- Weaver (2009) Court of Appeal), and the House of Lords cases of Riverside HA –v- White (2007) (validity of rent increases), L B Lambeth –v- Kay (2006) (human rights and housing), Bruton -v- London & Quadrant Housing Trust (2000) (distinction between tenancy and licence) and Newlon -v- Alsulaimen (1998) (joint tenant’s notice to quit).