John has been working in the legal aid world for over 30 years and has specialised in housing and related cases for over 20 years. Until 2007, he had his own specialist housing firm in South London but is now happy to be back in East London where he began his career. He is a housing supervisor and enjoys supervising junior members of the department.
John practices in all areas of housing law, including defending possession proceedings (rent arrears, succession and allegations of anti social behaviour), and homelessness including reviews, appeals and Judicial Review proceedings. He has detailed knowledge of disrepair cases and challenging local authorities' allocations policies. His many years' experience means that he has detailed background knowledge to how housing law has developed over the last 30 years, so giving him a broad perspective on cases. John also specialises in community care cases where there is an overlap with housing such as homeless families with no recourse to public funds. John has used his advocacy skills to representing tenants and occupiers as Duty Solicitor at Bow, and Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Courts.
Noteable cases: J v Lambeth - in which the Court of Appeal confirmed the necessity for the local housing authority to send the applicant a 'minded to' letter under Regulation 8(2) when it had determined that the original section 184 decision was flawed. McQuillan v Tower Hamlets London Borough (2011): a reported decision involving a victim of domestic violence to whom a full homelessness duty had been accepted. The case established that a local authority must, in deciding whether or not it was reasonable for an applicant to accept accommodation offered to discharge a homelessness duty, consider if the applicant’s belief that her anxiety and depression were likely to be affected by the location of the accommodation offered was genuine. The Judge went on to say that had it done so in this case, it would inevitably have found that it was not reasonable for her to accept the accommodation.
Panel memberships: Housing Law Practitioners' Association
John Gorringe is "very collaborative in the way that he works, so he's interested in your input and he's incredibly humble." - Chambers UK Guide 2016 Edition
John Gorringe "knows housing law backwards" and "shows a real understanding of the client's position" Chambers UK Guide 2016 Edition
My life has completely changes for the better as a result of excellent service. Thank you John Gorringe and the TV Edwards team.
He will "go the extra mile for someone, he will look in the darkest, deepest corners to find what needs to be found"
I am very thankful to John for the service he provided for me - very thorough and efficient. - Chambers UK Guide 2012 Edition