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Welfare benefits

Chambers offers expert advice and representation of benefit claimants in all areas, including housing, council tax, maternity, industrial injuries, disablement, disability and incapacity related benefits, in addition to tax credits and income support/JSA and the new Universal Credit.

Members of the welfare benefits team

Members of the team have a particular interest in welfare benefits cases involving issues of  human rights and European Union law , especially those concerning  discrimination  on the grounds of nationality or gender.

Members of the team have appeared before Appeal Tribunals, the Social Security Commissioners, Social Security Appeal Tribunal (now the Social Entitlement Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal), the Court of Appeal and the High Court concerning social security matters.

In view of the lack of legal aid for Appeal Tribunal and the Social Security Commissioners hearings, particularly since the implementation of LASPO 2012, the team can offer advice on the prospects of obtaining exceptional funding  from the LSC / LAA.

The team also advise and represent Claimants in  public law proceedings  before the Administrative Court for example arising from decisions of the Upper Tribunal along with other recent examples concerning issues such as the definition of a ‘judicial function’ within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 (High Court) and the direct effect of Dublin II Regulations (High Court).  

Chambers is also aware that Welfare Benefits / Social Security issues often  overlap with other areas of specialisation  and can offer complimentary expertise in  housing  ,  community care  ,  employment  and immigration   along with experience of conducting cases in these areas where welfare benefits issues affect the case itself, including representing those with multiple and complex needs.



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