Homelessness can be devastating for you and your family. Local authorities have a duty to assist and accommodate people in certain circumstances. However homelessness law is complicated and local authorities may turn applicants away early, without providing them with advice and assistance, or unlawfully turn someone down and say they are not owed a homelessness duty when they are.

If the local authority has failed to provide you with accommodation following an application for homelessness, we have an excellent track record of successfully challenging such decisions.

We can assist you with:

  • initial advice on whether you are likely to be eligible for assistance from the local authority
  • seeking temporary accommodation while a local authority is making a decision on your case
  • challenging the decision of the local authority that you are not eligible for homelessness assistance
  • challenging the suitability of the accommodation offered to you by a local authority
  • challenging an offer of accommodation that is out of borough or a long way away from your previous home or support network
  • appeal the case to the County Court on a point of law

Russell-Cooke LLP is recognised as one of the leading firms for homelessness and social housing in the UK. We are recommended as a leading team in housing law by Chambers and The Legal 500.

We have successfully taken and won homelessness reviews and appeals from the County Court all the way to the Court of Appeal.

The Legal 500 (2022) says our social housing experts "really do go above and beyond the call of duty." One commentator said: "you are treated with respect by the staff members, your case is taken seriously with the aim of reaching a suitable outcome. The communication level is very effective and you are kept up to date with every stage of your case."

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our social housing solicitors on 020 3826 7525 or complete our enquiry form.