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William Ford

William is an experienced housing and public law solicitor who is committed to achieving great results for his clients. He has been described as “impressive and devoted to the sector” (Chambers and Partners 2014) . William often acts in cases where clients are extremely vulnerable and require action to be taken at very short notice. He also believes in the need to provide clear and concise advice to clients from the outset of their case.

William undertakes all types of property litigation work specialising in landlord and tenant disputes and in particular:

  • Housing disrepair
  • Housing possession (all types)
  • Homelessness
  • Unlawful eviction
  • Judicial review
  • Children’s Act 1989, specifically in relation to accommodating children
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Community Care

William has particular expertise in cases involving the protection of Tenancy Deposits under the Housing Act 2004, and was instructed in one of the leading Court of Appeal cases in this area – Gladehurst Properties Ltd v Hashemi [2011] EWCA Civ 604 a case which has been credited as bringing about a further change to the law in this area.

William also has experience in bringing judicial review claims against local authorities and other public bodies on public law grounds and is committed to acting for extremely vulnerable children or adult clients with specialist needs. In addition, William also has expertise in the complex area of welfare benefits, having again been involved in cases before the Court of Appeal with a particular interest in cases with an EU law or immigration element, often concerning the eligibility of clients to access various levels of support.

William is a member of the Housing Lawyers Practitioners Association (HLPA) as well as being on the executive for HLPA’s junior committee. He also advises at Camden Community Law Centre and is a duty advocate at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court.

Outside of work William enjoys travelling, music and socialising. He also enjoys various outdoor sports such as climbing, hiking and the occasional triathlon!

William is named as a leading individual in both Legal 500 and Chambers.

Associate William Ford receives effusive praise for his dedication and commitment to social housing. Interviewees highlight his technical understanding and background in housing law, and describe him as “highly impressive.”
Chambers & Partners 2015

“William Ford is impressive and devoted to the sector.”
Chambers & Partners 2014

“William acts on possession, disrepair and homelessness cases, and has particular expertise in the protection of tenancy deposits under the Housing Act 2004”
Chambers & Partners 2014

“William Ford really loves what he does”.
Chambers & Partners 2014

“William Ford is ‘committed to clients, and achieves great results”
Legal 500 2011 directory

“William is deeply committed to clients”
Legal 500 2012 edition

"Naomi Angell is described as hugely experienced, calm and a good listener"

Chambers & Partners 2012

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