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Successful appeal ends two-year battle to force Westminster Council to accommodate homeless man suffering from mental health issues

23rd February 2017

London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen has won an appeal against Westminster Council following its refusal to accommodate a vulnerable homeless man suffering from mental illness, following a two-year battle. Highlighting compelling medical evidence, the firm challenged the council through two reviews and two appeals on behalf of its client whom the council deemed…

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Housing White Paper offers some hope to renters in insecure and unaffordable accommodation, but little detail on how aims will be achieved

7th February 2017

Today the Government unveiled its new housing strategy for England in a White Paper presented to the House of Commons. The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, vowed to build more affordable houses and help people buy and rent, after admitting the current market is “broken”. Sophie Bell, specialist housing lawyer at London law firm Hodge Jones…

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COMMENT: MPs have a huge opportunity to reverse shocking homelessness figures

27th January 2017

Today, the Homelessness Reduction Bill reaches report stage in Parliament giving MPs the opportunity to table any amendments to the Bill. Daniel Fitzpatrick, a lawyer dedicated to helping individuals facing homelessness at London law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen, says: “MPs have a huge opportunity to reverse the shocking homelessness figures that were released this…

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“National” homelessness crisis fuelled by under pressure councils

25th January 2017

The news that more than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets, a 16% increase on last year, is a national crisis which is getting worse by the day says Sophie Bell, a lawyer dedicated to helping individuals facing homelessness at London law firm, Hodge Jones & Allen. “The decimation of…

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Hodge Jones & Allen renews partnership with UCH homeless healthcare service

12th January 2017

London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen has renewed its partnership with the Pathway homeless healthcare service based at University College Hospital (UCH). The renewal of the partnership for 2017 means that Hodge Jones & Allen’s housing team will continue to provide legal advice on the housing rights of homeless patients once they leave hospital…

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