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, and HQN.
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 a recognised expert in data protection matters and heads up our cross-departmental Information Team which advises on data protection and freedom of information issues.
Prior to Devonshires, 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 has had articles published in the Solicitors Journal, the Journal of Housing Law and Inside Housing.
Nick has been ranked as a key individual in the field of Social Housing by Chambers for more than 15 years. He is also a “leading individual” in the Legal 500 and recipient of the “Hall of Fame” accolade.
Nick is a keen cyclist and skier.
Nick is a former Board Member of Colchester Borough Homes. He is currently a board member and Vice-Chair of Action on Empty Homes. He is also one of the founding members of the Social Housing Law Association.
'Nick Billingham – Has an outstanding ability to take recent changes in the law and apply them to how people in the social housing field would be impacted, I have clear confidence that we are being fully supported when any of his team are dealing with our cases.'
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).