David Nuttall

Call - 2010
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David has a strong practice in the social housing sector. David is a keen practitioner in this area and accepts instructions across the entire spectrum of social and private housing. His clients include housing associations, local authorities, private landlords and tenants of all kind.

He regularly deals with cases involving serious anti-social behaviour, disrepair matters and public law arguments.

In terms of his public law practice, David is experienced in claims involving the Human Rights Act, the Equality Act and also cases involving tenants who lack capacity.

David has a growing homelessness practice. Recently he has acted for both local authorities and tenants in judicial review claims, homelessness appeals and reviews of policies and procedures. He has experience in drafting advice and pleadings to a tight timescale.

David is always keen to establish a working relationship with his client, and to assist with advising and drafting from an early stage in the proceedings. In Court David is equally happy whether cross-examining witnesses or making detailed submissions on black letter property law.

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

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