I have specialised primarily in Housing Law since qualification. In particular I deal with homelessness appeals; judicial review cases; claims for disrepair; possession claims based on rent or mortgage arrears or anti-social behaviour; unlawful evictions; and general landlord and tenant disputes. I am also instructed to act in general property disputes often involving Leaseholders. I am regularly asked to commentate on recent Property Law issues by newspapers, television and radio outlets. I appeared on “Daybreak” in 2012 to discuss the implications of the proposed squatting laws. I have been a guest on “Radio 5 live” discussing a range of property issues and I also used to co-host “The Legal Hour with Nina and Daniel” with my colleague Nina Ali on Betar Bangla radio. I work as an official speaker for MBL seminars. Running training courses for other solicitors in areas of Housing Law.
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 enjoy golf, tennis, sailing and swimming.
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.
Shelter estimates in its recent study that 128,000 children will be homeless in emergency accommodation this Christmas. This is an increase of 20,000 from last year and 52% higher than 5 years ago. Perhaps the most shocking comparison is that this figure is higher than in 2007 during the financial crisis.
I act as one of the duty solicitors at the Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court and as a housing specialist I represent clients with possession claims who attend Court without the benefit of legal representation. When I arrive at Court I meet with one of the Court clerks who are attending the list of hearings for that morning or afternoon. I will be given a list of the cases and start taking the names of clients who have requested to see the duty solicitor for that day.