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Homelessness update – Elkundi and beyond

Speaker: Maria Liddiard
Chambers: One Pump Court

In keeping with our ethos of justice for all, especially the most vulnerable in society, Maria Liddiard here focuses on the pivotal Elkundi v Birmingham City Council case, providing relevant background and offering precise analysis.

• The Elkundi decision
• Issues, outcome and application
• Implications
• Burden on Local Housing Authorities

Relevant law

R (Elkundi & Ors) v Birmingham City Council [2022] EWCA Civ 601
M v Newham [2020] EWHC 32
R (Imam) v Croydon LBC [2022] EWCA Civ 601
Princess Bell (R OAO) v London Borough of Lambeth (2022) EWHC 2008 (Admin)
Section 193(2) Housing Act

Maria is a pupil, specialising in Crime and Housing. In her crime seat, Maria assisted with a wide range of defence cases in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts, as well as the Court of Appeal. A number of these have involved defences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Additionally, she has been involved in several cases with mental health aspects, including where a Trial of Fact has been conducted. She has also gained experience related to inquests into death in custody, and parole hearings.

In her Housing seat, Maria is currently observing and working a variety of areas including the prosecution of landlords under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, homelessness and allocations, possession claims and cases involving anti-social behaviour. Many of these cases have also involved issues under the Equality Act 2010.