20 October 2018

Our Team


Operating from offices in East Sussex, housing law services is staffed by skilled lawyers with in-depth knowledge of their subjects.

Tim CrookTim Crooks
Tim is an acknowledged expert on social housing law including disrepair, policies and procedures, anti-social behaviour, gas safety and landlord and tenancy disputes.  A specialist property solicitor, Tim founded housing law services in September 2003 focussing on social housing and housing management.  The firm provides advice, support and training to Registered Providers nationally and in London and the South East.

Tim is a trustee and board member of Zetetick Housing, a committee member of the Social Housing Law Association (‘SHLA’), and is responsible for the content, organisation and structure of SHLA’s annual conferences for housing managers and housing directors.
He trains housing management teams on Social Housing Law and Management and lectures and writes a quarterly ‘e-zine’ update for the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Tim qualified at City of London law firm Waltons & Morse in 1994.


Email: tim.crook@housinglawservices.co.uk
Office: 01424 774738


“Tim Crook and the team at housing law services are absolutely excellent; their knowledge of housing is second to none.”  Carl Lewis, Neighbourhood Manager, Orbit South.

Julie AllenJulie Allen
Julie has practised law for over 20 years, specialising in Housing Management.  She represents Registered Providers at Courts throughout the Country in wide ranging housing  management disputes, including complex disrepair and succession disputes and ASB.  Julie also assists clients in the drafting and implementation of policies internally, and externally with other agencies, working in partnership with her clients.  Julie also trains Registered Providers in Housing Management.

Julie is a member of the management team at housing law services along with Tim Crook and Glenda Nichols.

Email: julie.allen@housinglawservices.co.uk
Office: 01424 774738


“Julie Allen is really great.  She’s helpful, very bright and knowledgeable.  If she can’t give me an answer straight away she will find out and get back to me quickly.”  Jacki White, ASB Manager, AmicusHorizon.

Lawrence TalbotLawrence Talbot
Lawrence deals exclusively with social Housing Management legal issues.  Lawrence represents Registered Providers at court throughout the country.  As well as providing day to day expert  legal advice, Lawrence regularly updates clients on key changes in legislation and government policy by producing legal bulletins.

Before joining the firm, Lawrence specialised in advising and acting for social housing tenants and had several years advocacy experience prior to qualification at a Nationwide legal agency.  Lawrence also managed the Lawtel team at the Royal Courts of Justice responsible for preparing latest housing law case reports.

Email: lawrence.talbot@housinglawservices.co.uk
Office: 01424 774738


“Lawrence is extremely knowledgeable and supportive.  He gives good advice and his experience means if we do end up in Court we can rely on him with total confidence to help us get the right result.”   Patricia Shadforth, Chief Executive, Franklands Village Housing Association.

Joanna Aubrey
Joanna is a Consultant Solicitor for the firm.  Joanna specialises in non-contentious residential and commercial property law.  Joanna has experience in drafting social housing tenancy  agreements and Private Sector Leases and has particular expertise in providing advice and assistance regarding issues of funding for supporting people.


Email: joanna.aubrey@housinglawservices.co.uk
Office: 01424 774738

Glenda NicholsGlenda Nichols
Glenda has specialised in Housing Management for 15 years.  Glenda has also been employed by a major Registered Provider as a Neighbourhood Manager and has valuable practical  and direct experience in neighbourhood housing management from a Landlord’s perspective.

Glenda led a Housing Association group-wide project to prepare new policies and procedures on ASB and trained staff in their implementation.  Glenda has used this knowledge to provide practical, cost effective solutions to clients as well as legal expertise. Glenda sits once a month at a client’s ASB forum assisting in the formation and implementation of ASB policy and procedure for the group.
Glenda is also responsible for the operational and governance aspects of the firm and is a member of the management team.


Email: glenda.nichols@housinglawservices.co.uk
Office: 01424 774738


“Glenda Nichols is outstanding.  Her housing experience and knowledge of AmicusHorizon is invaluable.”  Carol Huckerby, ASB Manager, AmicusHorizon.

Juliet Naylor Juliet

Juliet provides support and assistance to the team. Juliet is responsible for processing the rent arrears, warrant enforcement, gas safety and electrical injunctions through the country.

Email: juliet.naylor@housinglawservices.co.uk
Office: 01424 774738


Shelley Busbridge ShelleyShelley provides support and assistance to the team.  Shelley is responsible for processing the rent arrears, warrant enforcement, gas safety and electrical injunctions throughout the country.

Before joining the team, Shelley worked for H.M. Revenue & Customs in an enforcement capacity working within the court service.

Email: shelley.busbridge@housinglawservices.co.uk.

Office: 01424 774738


Emily Hope Emily
Emily Hope has been working for hls for several years during holiday periods gaining valuable work experience. Emily has now successfully completed her undergraduate Law Degree and obtained a distinction in her Legal Practice Course.  Emily  is currently undertaking her Masters Degree whilst completing her training contract with hls.
Email: Emily.Hope@housinglawservices.co.uk
Office: 01424 774738

“Our culture is one hundred per cent client driven.  Some people call it ‘client focus’ but we prefer to say ‘client dedication’.  housing law services Principal, Tim Crook.

housing law services
Watch Oak Business Centre
Chain Lane
East Sussex
TN33 0GB

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