Cases & Deals

Jones Day London defends victim of racial abuse in threat of losing housing

Clients Racial abuse client

One of Jones Day London's clients at the Waterloo Legal Advice Clinic had been served with a notice to quit against him by his housing cooperative (a "cooperative" is a shared accommodation for which the members pay a relatively low rent). The client was subjected to repeated abuse over the course of several months, including physical abuse and overtly racist verbal abuse. The notice to quit had been sought on the basis of his breach of the housing cooperative rules and regulations, but James Campbell drafted a defense for the client to read at the general meeting at which the notice to quit was served, rebutting the claim that the most appropriate form of dealing with the dispute was evicting the client. The dispute is currently being resolved through mediation, and the individual has retained his right to stay in his accommodation.