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Unity Street Chambers - Bristol: A leading set of Barristers serving the South West and beyond

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5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
iain.wightwick@unitystreetchambers.com

Year of Call and Inn

1985 Inner Temple

Professional Details

Barrister and Mediator, accredited for direct public access work.
Specialist property lawyer, with particular interest in landlord and tenant, especially social housing.
Iain represents many local authorities, housing associations and other social landlords, limited companies and private individuals, mostly in County and High Court claims and occasionally in the Court of Appeal.

Landlord and Tenant practice includes residential and commercial work:

Social Housing

All aspects of housing law – neighbour nuisance and related anti-social behaviour matters (“neighbours from hell”), housing disrepair, security of tenure, service charges, homelessness, unlawful evictions, allocations and general social housing law. Iain has over twenty-five years’ experience of social housing litigation and housing strategy and policy questions. He has handled thousands of disrepair claims and has a proactive, fresh approach to dealing with such litigation on both sides. He is looking forward to the challenges which will arise for landlords when the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill comes into force. He obtained the first Gang Injunction in the West Country and has advised on and litigated many hundreds of antisocial behaviour injunction/order claims.

Private Sector Residential

Possession claims, tenancy drafting advice, leasehold and service charge disputes, lease/licence questions, disrepair claims advice and representation for landlords and tenants, tenancy deposit disputes, protected, assured shorthold and assured tenancy advice.

Commercial

Including urgent possession claims against squatters/trespasses/travellers, 1954 Act tenancy renewals and terminations, other business tenancy disputes, rent reviews, dilapidations etc.

Land/Property law

Includes adverse possession/squatting, restrictive covenants, boundaries, easements (rights of way, of light etc) and general neighbour disputes, tree root and subsidence claims.

Common law and construction/building disputes

Professional negligence actions, particularly relating to surveyors and others in property transactions, misrepresentation, unlawful interference with goods, building and general contractual disputes.

Mediation

Qualified Mediator. Mediation is offered in all areas of practice, both as advocate in mediations and as mediator.
Working predominantly in the West Country and Wales but travelling all over the jurisdiction.

Notable Cases

Gloucester City Council v Horsford and Perry (2012): first gang injunction obtained in the West Country
Newport City Council v Charles 2008 WLR (D) 245: housing, succession
South Gloucestershire Council v Titley & Clothier, on appeal from Severnside Valuation Tribunal 2008 EWHC 3117 (Admin): rating valuation, disability discrimination
North Somerset Council v White & White (2002): ASBO against youngest ever defendants at time)
R v Salisbury District Council Ex p. McDonagh (2001) All ER (D) 58: introductory tenancies, review hearings
Cheltenham Borough Council v Young (2001): first ASBO banning an individual from their own home
City Council of Bristol v Mousah (1998) 30 HLR 32, CA: housing, possession, drugs
Cheltenham Borough Council v Dellow (1998): suspended possession order requiring tenant to exclude 16-year-old son from home

Formal Education

2013: Public Access Refresher Course, continuing accreditation for direct, public access work
2010: Public Access Training Course, accredited for public access work
2006: Bar Council Accredited Mediation Training Course, Accredited Mediator
1984-1985: Bar Finals, Inns of Court School of Law, called to the Bar
1983-1984: Diploma in Law, Polytechnic of Central London
1980-1983: BSc. Hons. Psychology, University of Bristol

Professional Memberships

Social Housing Law Association (SHLA), Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA), Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA).

Community Activities

RNLI Bristol Central Branch Committee member, Trustee of Bristol Cathedral School

Interests/Hobbies

Iain is a very keen mountain-biker and skier, occasionally racing in both sports and enjoys open water swimming and the surf.