I have worked primarily in Housing and Public Law since qualification. I specialise in Human Rights cases especially challenges to government, often taking on large group actions. I am one of the lead Housing solicitors on the Grenfell Public Inquiry. I also deal with homelessness appeals; judicial review cases; claims for disrepair; possession claims; unlawful evictions; and general landlord and tenant disputes. I often act for both Leaseholders and Freeholders in cases involving general property disputes. I am regularly invited as a commentator by newspapers, television and radio outlets to discuss recent events.
I am ranked in Chambers UK 2018 where I am described by clients as “good at getting things done for the client and very good at steering his way through problems.” In Chambers 2019 I was described as “absolutely brilliant” in representation of tenants in homelessness, possession and disrepair cases. I am also recognised in the Legal 500 as being ” a “key and steadying lynch pin’; ‘outstanding practitioner.”
I am the Housing Law Representative on the Law Society Council.
LPC – Bristol University – 1997
M.Phil. International Politics – Trinity College Dublin – 1996
LLB Honours Degree – Anglia University – 1995
Partner Hodge Jones & Allen – 2012
Associate Hodge Jones & Allen – 2010
Joined Hodge Jones & Allen – 2007
Admitted as a Solicitor – 2001
Trained at Russell Jones & Walker
“Excellent experience from beginning to end and I was extremely confident in the professionalism of Mr Fitzpatrick.”
“My experience with you was very straight forward hardly any stress, made me feel comfortable to say anything. If I didn’t understand something you would clearly explain it again.”
Haringey LBC v Theobald. Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court 7 April 2011
Membership & Appointments
Elected Housing Representative on the Law Society Council
The Law Society Housing Law Committee
The Clerkenwell County Court Duty Scheme
The Housing Law Practitioners’ Association (HLPA)
Property Litigation Association
I have worked in politics for many years and am a former Labour Councillor in Lambeth. In my spare time I perform with The City Academy Singers. I also enjoy golf and swimming.
The Government has announced its plans to abolish the Section 21 eviction process otherwise known as the ‘no fault eviction’. This poses the obvious question of whether in fact, Housing law is moving towards a more tenant friendly approach and whether this will be the potential solution for the leading cause of homelessness in England.
As a law firm dealing with housing issues we come across a lot of difficult situations that those who are about to be made homeless or who are currently homeless have to go through. An unhappy situation that we have dealt with quite often is the situation that arises when a person is fleeing from domestic violence, and as a result stands to lose not only their home but their secure (lifetime) tenancy. Until now there has not been any guarantee that a person who has fled from their home would ever be able to re-gain their security of tenure.