Jane is a rare example of a practising specialist lawyer with extensive management responsibilities. She is the head of social welfare and continues to run a caseload and supervise a team of housing consultant solicitors and in house staff whilst managing the firm's systems and business development. Jane was a finalist for the LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the year 2014 award. Jane also manages the firm's IT systems to improve business efficiency and oversees the Civil Billing team. She has managed various mergers of firms with TV Edwards from a systems perspective and delivery of a new Cloud-based platform. Prior to joining TV Edwards in 2011, Jane was a Partner in a niche housing law practice in South West London. Jane is highly committed to working in the area of Social Welfare Law including public law and community care. Her creativity and depth of knowledge has resulted in precedent cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords. Jane provides in house and external training and consultancy both vocational and business orientated. Jane works in partnership with One Stop Shops run by the London Boroughs of Kingston and Merton offering legal advice to victims of domestic abuse. Jane also provides outreach advice to other agencies. Jane has worked with the media, contributing legal analysis to news programmes and documentaries, including Channel 4 News, Radio 4 Face the Facts, BBC Newsnight, BBC London News, BBC London Radio, BBC Local Radio Kent, Sky News, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Times and Austrian Broadcaster ORF. Jane often works in partnership with Shelter's media team providing case studies and analysis.
Jane has a depth of knowledge across all areas of social housing law. She specialises in homelessness and community care, challenging local authorities' decisions by way of review, county court appeal and judicial review, with particular specialism in representing adults with cases relating to domestic and sexual abuse and mental health difficulties. She also acts for defendants in possession proceedings and in wider public law cases. Jane has considerable experience dealing with housing cases that cross-over with a family or domestic/sexual abuse aspect. She is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor for clients who lack capacity to defend possession proceedings, particularly where allegations of nuisance or anti-social behaviour have been made.
Notable Cases: Hall & Carter v Wandsworth - Homelessness- Regulation 8 - necessity for "minded to" letter. Wandsworth Council found to be acting unlawfully by the Administrative Court in that decisions were defective. Lindsay v Lambeth - Judicial Review of Lambeth's Housing Allocations policy . Administrative Court found policy defective as not sufficiently flexible to award reasonable preference to homeless non priority need applicants under Part VI Housing Act 1996 - Lambeth had to redraft policy and apply it to 14,000 applicants. Walker v Wandsworth - Children Act 1989 - joined in case to Court of Appeal then House of Lords against Wandsworth, Lambeth and Brent Councils. House of Lords confirmed Social Services did have power to provide support under s.17 Children Act 1989. Dixon v UK Government - European Court of Human Rights - possession claim - found UK government acted in breach of article 8 resulting in compensation to Mr Dixon.
Panel Memberships: Housing Law Practitioners' Association
She has immense tact and diplomacy and is able to co-ordinate different views in a skillful and effective manner - Chambers UK Guide 2016 Edition
Jane is admired by markets sources as being "very knowledgeable, fair and realistic" Chambers & Partners 2013
at the excellent TV Edwards Jane Pritchard "dares to put her head above the parapet" Legal 500 2013