Housing Litigation Solicitor
About the role and team
Our Legal 500 (Tier 1) rated Housing Litigation team provide advice and support on all housing litigation services, including anti-social behaviour advice, gas safety litigation, possession proceedings, advice and disrepair litigation. We have extensive experience and knowledge of working with housing associations, charities, local authorities and arms-length management organisations.
We advise landlords throughout England and Wales on anti-social behaviour injunctions and possession claims, from initial advice on whether they have a case, to supporting landlords to draft witness statements, through to representation in court through to trial. We understand that anti-social behaviour disputes need to be resolved quickly and efficiently and work in partnership to deliver that. We are experienced in dealing with the mandatory grounds, Equality Act and Human Right Act defences as well as complex mental health or hoarding cases.
We also support landlords in defending disrepair claims and developing strategies to safeguard themselves against future claims through review of policies and training. We also assist in responding to Homes and Communities Agency investigations into potential areas of risk of serious detriment arising.
As part of our nationally and regionally recognised team you will undertake the delivery of housing litigation matters, including the following areas:
- possession claims;
- defending disrepair claims and prosecutions;
- providing all related housing management advice and advice with occasional help on commercial and property disputes matters;
- delivering advice to clients, and those supporting our clients, using plain English and seeking pragmatic solutions in a way that ensures we are trusted advisers;
- supporting the team and the firm in raising its profile in its specialist market places through appropriate business development activities.
About the candidate
The successful candidate will ideally have the following experience and skills:
- previous experience of CPR litigation;
- social housing and/or residential property law knowledge and experience (though training will be provided);
- advocacy skills;
- ability to collaborate and work as part of a team, instructing legal assistants and trainees and being supervised by senior fee earners;
- ability and desire to develop technical legal skills;
- strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a confident public speaker;
- ability to build rapport with a variety of ‘clients’, both external and internal, and inspire and hold their confidence;
- strong organisational and time management skills;
- ability to cope well with tight deadlines and under pressure;
- strong self-motivation and proactivity, and confident to use your own initiative where appropriate to deliver consistently high-quality work that meets the client’s needs.
- rights of audience with confidence and a keenness to undertake hearings
Ideally, we would like to hire at the Solicitor level due to the current structure of the team. However, we remain open minded and therefore would like to hear from interested candidates with relevant experience, regardless of PQE level.
About the firm
Anthony Collins Solicitors is a specialist law firm with a clear purpose – to “improve lives, communities and society". For over 40 years we’ve been successfully combining market-leading legal expertise with a commitment to excellence and long-term relationships underpinned by a strong set of values.
What makes Anthony Collins Solicitors distinctive, beyond simply being a sector-specialist law firm, is our people and the values we share. We’re extremely proud of the calibre of people that we attract; people who are inspired by our values, motivated by our vision and work with our clients to positively influence the society and communities we are building together.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.