I predominantly deal with cases involving disrepair, possession & homelessness. I enjoy dealing with human rights issues and assisting the under privileged, particularly where this involves challenging decisions of local authorities. I joined Hodge Jones & Allen in March 2009.
I am also recommended in the Legal 500.
Admitted as a solicitor in 2003
Legal Practice Course, University of the West of England, Bristol (1999-2000)
LLB Law, University of Bristol (1996-1999)
Siddiq has extensive experience of family law and general civil litigation but has specialised in Housing Law since 2006.
He has previously set up and run his own housing department within Lawrence Lupin solicitors and was subsequently supervisor and team leader of the Housing Department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors.
He has published a number of articles in a number of Housing publications including Inside Housing, Public Service, Housing News and 24 Housing.
“Your assistance with my case has been invaluable in resolving my disrepair matter and I truly believe that without your firms assistance, I would never been able to resolve this on my own as I had struggled for months despite quoting the law and their breaches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you have done on a personal level and may you continue to help other like me in similar situations.” Rima Attar
“Thank you so much for your help. Your effort and assistance with our case as well as winning it shows your high level of expertise and knowledge in your legal field.The service we have received has always been very responsive and of a high quality. It have been a pleasure to work with. I would like to thank you for your assistance in this matter. You have been very pleasant, courteous and helpful in your dealings with me and, of course, I would definitely recommend you to anyone else.” Hind Rokhsi-Suleman
“Very happy with the service I received. I will recommend you to all my neighbours.” Rita Cobb
“You’re the most professional lawyer I’ve ever met. From start to finish, you’ve been top class, and you’re the best” Marc Gallarotti
“Giving feedback and explanation was fantastic.”
“Very professional and caring.”
“Felt very comfortable you are very personal and you are very honest with your clients.”
“Prompt work straight away keeping me informed about everything.“
“Felt our case was well handled and that the lawyer cared about it.“
Octavia HA v Costello – I acted for a deaf lady who suffered depression due to trauma and bereavement. The landlord, Octavia Housing Association, issued injunction proceedings due to the dogs barking excessively, after repeated complaints of noise nuisance from her neighbour. I argued the case under the Equality Act 2010, namely that the landlord, Octavia Housing Association, had not taken account of my client’s disability by failing to make reasonable adjustments in the form of sound proofing with additional carpeting, underlay and inner partition walls. Octavia made the requested adjustments to the property.
Membership & Appointments
Housing Lawyers Practitioners Association
Outside of work, I have a keen interest in fitness and nutrition and enjoy training at the gym, running, playing tennis and cycling. I also engage in voluntary work for a number of different charities. I have a passion for travelling to different parts of the world and experiencing new cultures, studying ancient civilizations and photographing wildlife. I am an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction. I also speak fluent Urdu and basic conversational French and Arabic.
I am an active member of the LPC Mentoring scheme, helping law students with their problems and assisting them in progressing their legal careers. I have also been involved with the HJA football team, HJA Green Team, working to make the firm more environmentally friendly, the HJA Employee Forum, raising concerns and suggestions from the firm’s employees with management, as well as the HJA Social Committee.
There has been a 15% increase in 2017 in rough sleeping and this is the seventh consecutive year of increase. The problem is tangibly growing worse every year and there seems little but lip service paid by the government, which is currently overwhelmed by the practicalities of the Brexit negotiations.
Affordable housing has been an issue in London for far too long, as evidenced by 90,000 children in London residing in temporary accommodation and the outrageous homelessness epidemic. In the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy, the housing crisis carries a key focus in mainstream media, and London’s housing market has now been introduced to a potentially promising £250 million Strategy.
Recent statistics revealed that more than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England's streets, a 16% increase on last year.The figures are fuelled by cash-strapped local authorities whose modus operandi is to find different ways in which to deny their duty of care wherever possible.A homeless person typically falls into one of three categories: