I am a solicitor working in the areas of Housing Law and Property Disputes. I have experience in a broad range of case types within these areas including disrepair and nuisance claims, freehold/leasehold disputes, homelessness review/appeals, landlord and tenant obligation disputes, waiver of occupancy negotiations, social housing succession and allocations advice, ownership disputes, trespasser/protest cases, tenancy deposit protection claims, planning consultation, judicial review, human rights and Equality Act cases, and injunction and possession claims.
I have experience conducting cases in the County Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and through various forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
I frequently act in cases involving complex medical evidence relating to mental health issues, and for parties who need a high level of support or who lack capacity to conduct legal proceedings.
- LPC at College of Law (Distinction)
- GDL at City Law School (Distinction)
- B.A. Philosophy and Psychology at Trinity College, Oxford University (2.1)
- Solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen in the Housing and Property Disputes departments, September 2014 to date
- Trainee solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen (seats in Personal Injury, Family and a double seat in Housing), September 2012 – September 2014
- Housing and Mental Health Law Paralegal at Burke Niazi Solicitors, August 2011 – September 2012
- “Competence and effectiveness I can only say Wow. Edward Sharp is a life saver. He is a professional and an excellent listener to details. I have full confidence in him and he has my total respect. He has demonstrated competence and effectiveness and knows exactly how to shake up challenging landlords at a minutes notice. I have had a very positive experience with Hodge Jones & Allen. Thank you, Edward”
- “I’m very pleased with the professionalism and dedication that Hodge Jones &Allen have displayed throughout my ongoing case. I would highly recommend them and their services.”
- “It was my first experience dealing with solicitor firm and I am glad I have chosen Hodge Jones & Allen. I have worked with Mr. Edward Sharp an Associate at the firm. Mr Sharp has provided me with excellent legal support. Mr. Sharp knowledge and expertise has support my case all the way without any delays or disappointment, achieving the results I was expecting. I am very grateful for support and advice I have received from Mr. Sharp at the Hodges Jones & Allen. I would recommend to work with Mr Sharp and this firm to anyone who is looking for professional, honest, and supportive, legal advice.”
- “I was not sure that the firm could help with the case when I made the first appointment. I initially found The information requested too much but in the end the representation produced was so serious ,convincing and accurate in all it aspects that the defendant was left with no room to argue. Great job. Thank you very much Mr Sharp”
- “Edward Sharp took over our case and was absolutely amazing. We cannot thank him enough Edward was highly skilled and professional and did know best outcome for us. Thank you Edward for everything.”
- “Thanks for everything, you have been a great support.”
- “I am now fully settled in my new home. Thank you for your effort, I will definitely recommend you.”
- “Thank you for all your help and for your kindness.”
- Kannan v London Borough of Newham  EWCA Civ 57: Acted for the successful appellant in this Court of Appeal case, overturning the council’s decision that temporary accommodation with a steep staircase was “suitable” for an applicant with reduced mobility, while accepting that climbing them caused him “severe pain”. The case builds on a line of cases about how councils need to approach homelessness decisions where an applicant has a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, and focuses on the fact that for temporary accommodation, what may be suitable in the short term may not be suitable in the medium term.
- Constandas v Lysandrou & Ors  EWCA Civ 613: Court of Appeal case challenging the County Court’s dismissal of a claim to have a half share beneficial interest in a property that had been purchased in 1959, by way of a resulting trust. The case turned on the interpretation of a collection of records which were more than 50 years old.
- Dover District Council v Worthington  County Court at Canterbury: a successfully defended claim for possession against an Introductory Tenant. The Claimant had relied on a notice stating erroneously that any review of the decision to seek possession must be requested in writing. This failed to comply with the requirements of section 128 Housing Act 1996.
- London Borough of Wandsworth v Matty  County Court at Wandsworth: a successfully defended claim to a possession claim against a successor tenant on the grounds that he was over-occupying, won on the basis that it would not be reasonable to make a possession order against him in view of his vulnerability and the length of time he had lived at the property.
- Nzolameso v City of Westminster  UKSC 22: this is the leading Supreme Court decision on the question of whether it is lawful for a local housing authority to accommodate a homeless person in another area.
- London Borough of Southwark v Dennis and persons unknown  County Court at Central London: an appeal against an interim possession order made in respect of a protest group campaigning against the planned Aylesbury Estate demolition, who had occupied a derelict council-housing block there.
Membership and appointments
- The Housing Law Practitioners’ Association (HLPA)
- Property Litigation Association
I enjoy reading and music, and spending time with family