David Nuttall

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St Ives is the premiere regional set for social housing, and David is a key part of that.

Alongside the usual anti-social behaviour and rent cases, David has a wealth of experience engaging with the Equality Act 2010, arguments over tenant’s Article 8 rights and public bodies’ duties under s11 Children Act 2004.  David has experience of numerous effective judicial reviews and homelessness appeals, and so readily speaks the language of public law arguments.

Recently, David has found himself frequently defending social landlords in the inordinate number of disrepair claims which are now being brought. David brings his considerable experience of dealing with commercial repairing covenants to the social housing field, and is known to quickly knock-out disrepair claims with technical legal argument.

Notable social housing trials David has been instructed on involve:

  • Properties used as drugs dens and to store firearms;
  • Serious and constant noise nuisance;
  • Defences brought under the Equality Act and Human Rights Act against all kinds of claims, particularly including those where the tenant suffers from serious mental health conditions.
  • Claims and counter-claims for serious housing disrepair, including personal injury cases under the Defective Premises Act;
  • Breaches of covenant including unlawful subletting, business use, immoral use, failing to grant access and wrongfully keeping animals;
  • Bringing and defending judicial reviews on issues such as allocation policy, refusal to grant accommodation pending review and to restrain a local authority from unlawfully evicting a tenant;
  • Homelessness appeals, including those involving Gypsies and Travellers, questions of intentionality and procedural fairness.


Oxford University: BA Jurisprudence, 2:1

Nottingham Law School: BVC Very Competent


Inner Temple


Chambers & Partners 2022: “David is admired for his intellectual capability and his ability to deal with a wide range of issues. He is always calm and dedicated to achieving outcomes for clients.” “David is a safe pair of hands and a pleasure to work with. He always delivers high-quality advice.”

Legal 500 2022: “David is very technically gifted and not only considers the legal position but also the commerciality aspect of a matter. David also considers each matter from a tactical point of view and on many occasions has assisted me in developing a strategy to steer the matter in the way most advantageous to my clients position.”

Chambers and Partners 2021: “You feel very confident having him in court as he pulls evidence from a range of areas to prove his point.” “He can cut through everything and present it in a way clients like.” “He is a pleasure to deal with, delivering advice in a succinct and readily understandable manner.”

Legal 500 2021: “Legal 500 2021: “He gives very thorough, clear and concise advice, leaving no stone unturned.”

“Combines excellent technical knowledge and spot-on tactical advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: “He is very intelligent and always gets to the root of the problem.”

“He is excellent, thorough and punches well above his weight.”

Legal 500 2019: “Gives concise, commercially-aware, and well thought-out advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “A great technical barrister who is also very good with clients.” “A strong advocate who is always prepared.”

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