R (Davidson) v Cambridge City Council


[2023] EWHC 1022 (KB)

Olivia succeeded in securing interim relief and permission to apply for judicial review in this case concerning a vulnerable homeless client with complex mental and physical health needs.

It was successfully argued that the interim accommodation he had been provided was unsuitable and that the Defendant was under an on-going duty to review suitability.

HHJ Walden-Smith found that even though interim accommodation is subject to a lower suitability standard than longer-term housing, the local authority must not ignore the individual circumstances of the homeless applicant that could make a particular placement unsuitable. As such, interim relief and permission were granted, requiring the Defendant to provide alternative suitable interim accommodation within 24 hours.

Olivia was instructed by Hannah Bellew at Lawstop.


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