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Recommended in Chambers and Partners 2016

Canterbury-based Becket Chambers operates across Kent and Sussex, and acts for a variety of clients, although it is best recognised for its work on behalf of local authorities. Its members advise on a range of contentious matters such as boundary disputes and planning objections. Of late the set has been instructed in the public inquiry relating to The Terning Wheel in Copthorne, West Sussex, which concerned the designation of residential caravans as ‘low cost’ housing. Chambers and Partners 2016

The Becket Chambers Local Authority Team regularly undertakes cases in all aspects of law relating to Local Government, instructed by local authorities throughout Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Becket Chambers’ broad local government law practice includes expertise in:

  • Local Authority Housing
  • Council housing
  • Possession
  • Rent areas
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Employment Law – including cases involving dismissal and/or involving discrimination on any grounds
  • Licensing
  • Planning and Rating
  • Local Government prosecutions
  • Benefit fraud

Our housing law specialists are instructed by local authorities, private landlords and tenants in possession proceedings and related litigation. The Civil team also provides advice and advocacy for proceedings including licensing law, planning, parking and personal injury, and will offer written or oral advice in respect of the prospects of success or other aspects of cases. In respect of local government prosecutions we will also assist with the drafting of summons, charges and indictments. In addition, our Rating and Planning experts specialise in cases involving commercial property

Our Barristers have extensive experience of dealing with expert evidence and advising on complex property and regulatory matters.

Case Studies

Expert legal advice to a licensing sub-committee

Paul acted as legal advisor to a licensing sub-committee considering an application for an alcohol licence for a fish and chip shop. The Applicant wished, as part of the application, to include within the area covered by the licence a section of the promenade on the opposite side of the road from the shop itself Continue reading

Acting for a Local Authority in a benefit fraud case

Paul acted for a Local Authority, prosecuting a long-running benefit fraud case involving overpayment of over £50,000 of Income Support, Housing benefit and Council Tax benefit/support over three-year period. It was alleged that the Defendant had deliberately and repeatedly failed to declare that she was living with her partner (later her husband, and the father Continue reading

Statutory Nuisance

Paul is representing a Local Authority being sued by a Limited Company for disability discrimination in connection with the service of a Notice to Abate a Statutory Nuisance under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in respect of premises occupied by an individual with severe disabilities. The claim alleges ‘discrimination by association’ (see Continue reading

Suspended sentence for £20k benefit fraud

Paul successfully prosecuted a benefit fraudster who claimed housing benefit in the region of £20,000 over a two and half year period. The property concerned was in fact owned by the father of the claimant’s child (a fact she failed to declare!). The Defendant pleaded guilty and was given a 15 months suspended sentence, a Continue reading

Local Government Testimonials

“Gayle as delivered a top notch representation for me and I’m very thankful for her as well.”

Mr J Instructing Gayle Ashley through Solicitors – July 2017

“Gayle was great and I’d definitely suggest her again to clients and my colleague, so thank you very much for arranging for her to attend at quite short notice.”

Ms F from Solicitors Instructing Gayle Ashley – July 2017

“My colleague and I would like to express our thanks to Gayle. Not only does she possess an extremely helpful and pleasant manner but her approach in making submissions was calm, considered and highly persuasive.”

Ms K from Instructing Solicitors instructing Gayle Ashley – December 15