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Iris Ferber

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Email iris.ferber@42br.com

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Introduction

Iris is an established Housing and Employment Law specialist, with a particular interest in discrimination law, including disability discrimination law. She is listed in both the UK Bar legal directories (The Legal 500 and Chambers UK), for both her Employment work and her Housing work.

Solicitors say that she is “extremely good, very self-assured and in complete command of the case” (Chambers UK 2020). They also say that she “has an excellent breadth of legal knowledge which she applies in a practical and effective manner” (The Legal500 UK 2020).

 

Ranked in UK Bar Chambers 2019     Legal 500 logo

 

Housing

Iris has been a Housing specialist throughout her time at the Bar, ever since she completed her pupillage in Housing law in 2006.

She deals with all aspects of Housing law, and has long experience in dealing with complex anti-social behaviour cases, including mental health issues, on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

She is particularly good at dealing with vulnerable clients and witnesses, and managing the complex legal arguments involved in Equality Act and Human Rights cases. Her expertise in discrimination law generally (including her Employment Law practice) makes her particularly adept at handling Equality Act defences.

Iris has extensive experience of homelessness litigation, including s204 appeals in the County Court, judicial review in the High Court, and appeals to the Court of Appeal. She regularly trains local authorities on homelessness law and procedure.

Iris also delivers very popular workshops in Chambers, and in-house, on all aspects of Housing litigation, and writes regularly for 42BR’s Housing Bulletin.

Recent Work

Iris has recently been dealing with a number of complex possession claims involving mental health issues and Equality Act defences.  She has both argued, and defended, counterclaims under sections 15 and 20 of the Equality Act, and is familiar with the difficulties faced by both parties in arguing such cases in the County Court.

Selected Housing Cases

  • R (Sambotin) v Brent LBC [2018] EWCA Civ 1826: Appeal against a JR decision about a local authority’s power to reconsider a homelessness decision already communicated to an applicant, but still subject to an incomplete local connection referral
  • R (Farah) v Hillingdon LBC [2015] 1 WLUK 650: High Court decision, upholding local authority’s decision to refuse an extension of time for requesting a s202 review
  • Link Lending Ltd v Bustard [2010] EWCA Civ 424: The Court of Appeal considered actual occupation of a property under paragraph 2 of schedule 3 to the Land Registration Act 2002, where the occupier was involuntarily resident in a care home

Professional memberships

  • Social Housing Law Association
  • Discrimination Law Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association

News & events

Mental Health Issues in Housing Litigation

Mental Health Issues in Housing Litigation During April and May 2017, we ran a 2-part workshop in Chambers exploring the law and procedure on dealing with mental health issues in housing cases. This Bulletin is intended as a follow-up note for those of you who attended, and as a general practice note for those of

30th May 2017 Read more

Housing Bulletin No 18 – Forfeiture for non-payment of service charges

Welcome to this, the 18th bulletin from the Housing Team. We hope that you will find the content of interest: if you wish to receive further updates you can subscribe by replying to housing@42br.com Forfeiture for non-payment of service charges Last month, we ran a workshop in Chambers exploring the law and procedure of forfeiting a

9th January 2017 Read more

Qualifications and Appointments

  • MPhil (Cantab), Selwyn College, Cambridge
  • Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship 2005

News & events

News & events

Employment Newsletter

Welcome to the latest roundup from our barristers at 42 Bedford Row Employment Practice, with the latest news and unique insights from our team.

23rd August 2018 Read more

Mental Health Issues in Housing Litigation

Mental Health Issues in Housing Litigation During April and May 2017, we ran a 2-part workshop in Chambers exploring the law and procedure on dealing with mental health issues in housing cases. This Bulletin is intended as a follow-up note for those of you who attended, and as a general practice note for those of

30th May 2017 Read more

Housing Bulletin No 18 – Forfeiture for non-payment of service charges

Welcome to this, the 18th bulletin from the Housing Team. We hope that you will find the content of interest: if you wish to receive further updates you can subscribe by replying to housing@42br.com Forfeiture for non-payment of service charges Last month, we ran a workshop in Chambers exploring the law and procedure of forfeiting a

9th January 2017 Read more