Meet The Team

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


Tel: 07974 117853

Tim is an acknowledged expert on social housing law including disrepair, policies and procedures, anti-social behaviour, gas safety and landlord and tenancy disputes, and Senior partner at housing law services, the company which he founded in September 2003 with Julie Allen.

The firm provides advice, support and training to Registered Providers nationally and in London and the South East.

Tim has also served as the Law Society’s Council member for housing and a member of the Law Society’s housing law committee.  Tim is also a founding committee member of the Social Housing Law Association (SHLA).

He trains and lectures housing management teams on Social Housing Law and Management issues.

Tim qualified at City of London law firm Waltons & Morse in 1994.


Tel: 07717 558240

Julie has practised law for over 28 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.


Tel: 07771 376929

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 who was previously a court reporter, 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.


Tel: 07557 283515

Mike has been in practice for over 25 years during which time he has worked in both High Street practices and Law Centres.

Mike has a wealth of Landlord and Tenant experience and has worked as a lawyer providing representation to tenants (of both Private and Social Landlords) across a variety of issues.

Additionally, Mike has also practised in Family Law especially in relation to Domestic Abuse and Private and Public Law Childrens matters.


Tel:  07557 283516

Emily has worked for housing law services LLP for several years paralegal whilst completing both her Undergraduate Law Degree and Legal Practice Course. Emily joined the firm full time in September 2017 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2019.

Emily has represented clients in the County Court, Magistrates Court and First Tier Tribunal in all aspects of Housing Management Law.

Emily regularly attends legal surgeries giving clients advice and assistance and also produces legal bulletins to update clients about key changes within the sector.


Tel: 07799 173943

Juliet provides support and assistance to the team with legal advice in particular with regard to service charges, homeownership and housing management, which includes ASB Injunctions, possession, succession and rent arrears cases. Juliet is also one of the team dealing with recovery of service charges.

Juliet regularly attends legal surgeries giving client’s advice and assistance without the need for a formal legal referral.


Sophie joined the team in September 2016 and became Business Manager in 2019.

Sophie has a wide range of administrative and management responsibilities and is the key organiser of both training and conferences.

Additionally, Sophie assists the team with invoicing, accounts and general administration duties. She also handles all general enquiries as and when they come in by telephone, post or email.


James provides general support and assistance to the team. He is responsible for assisting clients with the gas safety process from initial warning letter through to the end of any legal intervention if necessary. James also assists with rent arrears and anti social behaviour casework.


Experience: Joanna is a Consultant solicitor for the firm. Joanna qualified 32 years ago and has extensive experience in non-contentious work. 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 been involved in providing advice and assistance over issues of funding for supporting people.

We advise on all areas of housing management

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