Matthew Feldman was called to the Bar in 1995 and offers wide-ranging commercial, property and housing expertise. He acts for businesses, housing associations, lenders, local authorities and private individuals in all English courts, including the Supreme Court.
He is a founder member of the Social Housing Law Association and is well-known for the training sessions he presents on housing law developments, homelessness legislation and legal procedure.
Whether you require advice on a particular legal point or representation in a major dispute, Matthew has the deep sector knowledge and experience to help.
Matthew enjoys a high profile in Housing Law, as a founder member of the Social Housing Law Association, thought leader and in-demand barrister covering all areas of housing law.
He acts for local authorities, registered providers and tenants of all types and handles a varied caseload encompassing: possession; nuisance and anti-social behaviour; unlawful eviction and harassment; disrepair; succession; deposits; Right to Buy; homelessness; allocations; Equality Act; EPA 1990 matters.
R (Bukartyk) v Welwyn Hatfield BC  3480 (Admin). A successful claim for judicial review to quash the Council’s decision to refuse to accept a fresh homelessness application under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996.
Yemshaw v Hounslow LBC  UKSC 3. The Supreme Court held that the term ‘domestic violence’ in section 177(1) of the Housing Act 1996 included physical violence, threatening or intimidating behaviour and any other form of abuse which, directly or indirectly, might give rise to the risk of harm.
Yemshaw v Hounslow LBC  EWCA Civ 1543. The meaning of ‘domestic violence’ in section 177(1) of the Housing Act 1996.
R (McGarrett) v Kingston Crown Court  EWHC 1776 (Admin). The Divisional Court held that the purpose of an ASBO was not to punish, and the terms of the order had to be proportionate to the risk to be guarded against. Further, the order had to be both necessary and justified.
Vesely v David Levy & Others  EWCA Civ 367;  L & TR 9. Whether a fixed contribution towards joint household expenditure was capable of amounting to rent, and whether the purpose of the arrangement between the parties and the surrounding circumstances gave rise to the inference that there was an intention to create a landlord and tenant relationship between the parties.
London & Quadrant Housing Trust v Ansell  EWCA Civ 326;  HLR 37. Part of the ‘tolerated trespasser’ litigation. Leave to appeal to the House of Lords was granted to the Appellant, and the case was settled on favourable terms shortly before the final hearing.
Ross v Hyde Housing Association  EWHC 824 (Ch). An application/appeal in the High Court dealing with the suspension of a warrant.
R (Yumsak) v Enfield LBC  HLR 1. A successful challenge to the suitability of temporary accommodation offered to the Claimant pursuant to Part VII of the Housing Act 1996.
Under Part VII of the Housing Act 199620th December 2019 Read more
In this bulletin, Matthew Feldman discusses the important recent Supreme Court case of Barton v. Wright Hassall LLP  UKSC 12, a case that is of relevance well beyond the housing law field.19th March 2018 Read more
Matthew Feldman discusses the recent Upper Tribunal decision dealing with the thorny issue of letting agents’ administration fees. In this case, the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) found that Foxtons Limited (‘Foxtons’) were in breach of the requirements of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (‘the Act’) in connection with published details of its relevant fees in three branches and on its website, and imposed a penalty of £4,500 in respect of each breach, amounting to £18,000.30th October 2017 Read more