Laura is a very experienced and sought-after barrister who specialises in residential and commercial landlord and tenant and property litigation, as well as in social housing. She is recommended for real estate litigation and social housing in Chambers & Prs and Legal 500.
She is described as always looking for “solutions rather than problems” and “taking a pragmatic, commercially minded approach to matters”. It is also noted that she is “compelling and persuasive” in court and has a “steely determination to fight her client’s corner”. She is also known for being “incredibly impressive on the client care front”.
Laura’s landlord and tenant litigation practice is extensive including issues relating to possession, notices, long leasehold, AST, service charge and management disputes, dilapidations, 1954 Act claims, forfeiture, rent reviews and pub work. Her practice encompasses all aspects of real estate litigation including TOLATA claims, rights to light, rights of way, easements and covenants, trespass and nuisance and adverse possession. Laura has particularly strong experience dealing with harassment cases, injunctions and guardian occupation.
Laura has significant cross-over experience dealing with property related offences including HMO licensing, rent repayment orders, civil penalty notices, breaches of the environmental legislation, Housing Act 2004 and s21 and s25 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 service charge claims in the Magistrates Court and FTT. Laura is experienced in private prosecutions and appeals in these matters as well as rates mitigation.
She is regarded as a leading junior for social housing work. She frequently acts for housing associations and local authorities in relation to all aspects of housing law from ASBIs, closure orders, tenancy fraud, possessions, trials and applications, to bigger policy decisions and strategic advice. Her related property expertise sees her instructed in important cases where property law and social housing law overlap.
Laura is a first-rate accredited mediator and really enjoys her role in settling disputes. Additionally, her experience and insight as a mediator means she is an excellent choice as counsel in mediation.
She is regularly instructed in the High Court, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), FTT Property Chamber and County Court and also appears in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
Laura is at the forefront in training on the changes afoot due to Renters Reform and the Building Safety Act. Laura is the editor of the Gatehouse property team newsletter.
Areas of expertise
- Commercial landlord & tenant
Commercial landlord & tenant
Laura is recommended as leading counsel for real estate by Legal 500. She has vast experience in commercial landlord and tenant disputes. She regularly advises commercial developers, land owners, tenants and businesses. She has court experience of possessions, forfeiture, restrictive covenants, lease interpretation and advice, break clauses, assignment, relief rent reviews, dilapidations and other disputes in this context. She enjoys acting on 1954 Act claims and lease renewals.
Laura is also regularly instructed in “pub work” including for many of the main pub retailers advising and representing in relation to forfeiture and issues surrounding tied leases.
- Laura has recently advised a business as to the renewal of the lease of its business premises. She gave legal and tactical advice about whether the tenant should initiate a claim or wait for the landlord to act in light of the client’s business needs and priorities.
- Laura advised, drafted proceedings and attended court in relation to rent arrears following a backdated rent review. Laura worked with the client to successfully devise a commercially viable solution to the client’s potential financial difficulty.
- Herbert v Syed (2015)
Commercial forfeiture trial. Laura obtained relief from forfeiture for tenant and had landlord pay part of tenant’s costs.
- Hackney v Centerprise (2013)
Business tenancy renewal.
- Enterprise v McCarthy (2013)
Acting for the publicans regarding a tied lease.
- Development & planning
Development & planning
Laura has an interesting and expanding development practice. She has a recognised commercial mind-set and is well placed to advice on the legal issues that arise in commercial and residential developments.
She particularly enjoys advising on rights to light. Her recent work includes advising on the rights to light issues of a large tower block development in Manchester and a controversial development in Central London.
- Housing (social & privately rented)
Housing (social & privately rented)
Laura is recognised as a leader in the field of housing law and has experience well beyond her year of call. She acts for both landlords and tenants in relation to all aspects of residential landlord and tenant. In particular, she regularly advises, drafts proceedings and other documents and attends court in relation to the possession proceedings. Laura has extensive experience of issues relating to service and the interpretation of notices.
Laura’s experience of pursuing and defending possession proceedings is vast. It extends to matters such as contractual possession claims, accelerated possession proceedings, possession under the Housing Acts, Rent Act and under the common law and forfeiture proceedings. She is well placed to advise and act in relation to tenancy deposit issues and the effect of the Housing Act 2004, unlawful eviction, protection from harassment injunctions, breach of covenants, the effect of failure to serve s146 notices and how to remedy the problem, and service charge disputes. She also has experience in dealing with the effects of the Deregulation Act 2015, including on the service of s21 notices, landlord failures to serve gas safety records and the how to rent booklet.
Laura is recommended as a leading practitioner for Social Housing. Her practice encompasses all aspects of social housing law, including:
- Homelessness appeals and allocations:
Laura has significant experience of homelessness law. She appeared in the Supreme Court in the landmark case of Haile v LBWF  UKSC 34, which considered the question of intentional homelessness.
- Part 1 injunctions and committals.
- Possession claims (including succession).
- Equality Act claims.
- Article 8 and Gateway B defences.
- Death, demotion, introductory.
- Disrepair and nuisance cases.
- Judicial review of local authority decisions.
- Unlawful eviction and harassment claims.
- Closure orders and other remedies for anti-social behaviour.
Recent private housing work:
- In a recent case Laura was required to advise and subsequently attend court for a possession which raised issues of the failure to serve a s48 notice, the validity of the s21 notice, and whether there should be mandatory compensation for failure to register a deposit. Despite a number of arguments advanced by the tenant, Laura was able to successfully overcome all of the above issues and gained possession of the property.
- Laura has experience dealing with common law contractual tenancies and the effect of being outside of the statutory schemes. She has successfully gained possession orders for properties under such tenancy agreements despite difficult opposition from not only the tenant but also initially from the Judge.
- Derbyshire Home Loans v Eurfunga 
Claim for possession by mortgage company. Defendant claiming he owned the land and title documents were incorrect.
- Dumfermline v Gopee  EWHC 3397
This is a reported case which started as a claim for possession by a mortgagee but ended with an application for a third party costs order. It is difficult to succeed in these applications but Laura managed to persuade the judge of the merits of her case and he approved the costs order.
Recent social housing work:
Laura is frequently involved in large multi-track anti-social behaviour possession claims as well as applications for injunctions and committals, including Peabody v Brembah (2015) and Aldwyck v Wright and Huntley (2014).
- She has developed expertise in gang cases in dealing with the complexities of cross-examining vulnerable witnesses.
- Laura acts regularly for Applicants in homelessness appeals, recently involving the questions of intentionality and priority need.
- Laura is a very good trial advocate but also regularly accepts instructions to advise pre-commencement and to draft pleadings.
- Laura has advised on numerous occasions in relation to the destruction of goods under the Tort’s (Interference with Goods) Act 1977.
- Haile v London Borough of Waltham Forest  UKSC 34
The Supreme Court found in favour of Laura’s client, Ms Haile, that she was not intentionally homeless, despite being found so by the authority, the County Court and the Court of Appeal, and re-interpreted the former leading case on the point. This case changed homelessness law significantly, and what will be required from local authorities with regards to their homelessness duties.
- Bullock v Bullock (2014)
Claim under the Torts (Interference) with Goods Act 1977 for conversion of goods.
- Peabody v Brembah (2015)
Claim for failure to occupy as only or principal home and sub-letting.
- Aldwyck v Wright and Huntley (2014)
Long multi-track trial for possession and ASBI.
- Haile v LBWF (2014)
Supreme Court case regarding breaking the chain of causation for intentional homelessness.
- Leicester v Dean (2015)
Defending a possession claim for waste, claiming disrepair.
- Homelessness appeals and allocations:
- Leasehold & leasehold management
Leasehold & leasehold management
Laura has vast experience of leasehold and leasehold management work, including but not limited to long leases, enfranchisement, service charges, forfeiture, beach of covenant. Break clauses and notice issues.
- Real property & mortgages
Real property & mortgages
Laura has a successful real property practice with a particular focus on boundary disputes, issues surrounding the ownership of and interest in property and claims related to and arising out of mortgages.
- Berrisford v Mexfield Housing Co-operative limited  UKSC 52
Laura (led by Jonathan Gaunt KC) appeared in a case in relation to the issue of whether a notice to quit could determine a tenancy granted by a fully mutual housing co-operative. The Supreme Court held that while the tenancy agreement did constitute an uncertain term, s149(6) LPA 1925 turned it into a 90 year lease.
- Hartnell v East Sussex (2014)
Advising on a potential claim for adverse possession.
- Laura has recent experience of advising on adverse possession and a boundary related dispute. She has also advised on the destruction of goods by an involuntary baliee and the effect of the Torts (interference with goods) Act 1977. Laura recently advised on restrictive covenants affecting a large Central London development.
- Laura has advised on numerous rights to light cases including of deeds of release. She regularly appears in the FTT.
- Laura recently advised a large developer in relation to restrictive covenants governing a large development site in central London.
- Berrisford v Mexfield Housing Co-operative limited  UKSC 52
- Trusts of land
Trusts of land
Laura has a keen interest in and regularly acts for separated cohabitants in relation to the division of the ownership of their property and claims under TOLATA.
- Laura has advised and attended court in relation to a dispute over the beneficial interest in land where one party paid for the property and another was registered as having the beneficial interest.
- Acting for one of a cohabiting couple regarding the dissolution of their relationship and property related fall out.
- Numerous cases involving TOLATA and claiming (or rebutting) beneficial interests in land, involving orders for sale and equitable accounting.
- Commercial landlord & tenant
- Private client
- Trusts including TOLATA
Trusts including TOLATA
Laura has developed a wealth of experience with matters involving trusts.
Laura has a keen interest in and regularly acts for separated cohabitants in relation to the division of the ownership of their property and claims under TOLATA. She published the popular article “It’s my house not yours“: separating unmarried couples, and the houses they own.
- Laura successful applied to remove a joint freeholder from the freehold title for failure to comply with its trust duties.
- Laura was involved in a case where a joint freeholder would not sign the transfer for the other freeholder and using the legal remedied to ensure that this was done so the sale could complete.
- Laura acted for a daughter who was sued by her step father for an interest in her first home which he had put money towards. This raised common intention constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel and rectification.
- Laura settled a dispute about a relationship breakdown and who has what beneficial interest in the family home.
- Court of Protection
Court of Protection
Laura has experience in the Court of Protection including best interests and deprivation of liberty safeguards.
- Laura drafted the COP forms for an application in a health and welfare matter.
- Laura was instructed to represent a landlord in a property and affairs case.
- Laura has experience dealing with hoarding behaviour and obtaining orders to clear properties.
- Trusts including TOLATA
Laura is recommended by Legal 500 for Property Litigation and for Real Estate by Who’s Who Legal. She is also recommended by both Legal 500 and Chambers UK for Social Housing.
- “Laura is a tenacious litigator who leaves no stone unturned. She fiercely fights matters for her clients to ensure that they get the best outcome possible. She is very personable and easy to work with.” (The Legal 500 2024, Property Litigation)
- “A very committed junior.” (The Legal 500 2024, Social Housing)
- “Laura has shown capacity to deal with a wide variety of matters with good humour and sensitivity to clients’ requirements.” (Chambers and Partners 2024, Real Estate Litigation)
- “Laura is a pleasure to work with. She is very responsive and gets to the heart of a dispute quickly.” (Chambers and Partners 2024, Real Estate Litigation)
- “She is both personable and approachable, which makes her great with clients, especially those facing residential property issues and who have limited understanding of the law.” (Chambers and Partners 2024, Real Estate Litigation)
- “Laura is an intellectual giant with great advocacy skills. She is fearless and succinct in her submissions.” (Chambers and Partners 2024, Real Estate Litigation)
- “Laura Tweedy is dynamic, commercial and well liked.” (Chambers and Partners 2024, Social Housing)
- “Laura Tweedy is an excellent, approachable barrister who delivers an exceptional service to her clients. She is very aware of commercial realities.” (Chambers and Partners 2024, Social Housing)
- “Laura Tweedy is a real star. She is proactive and highly intelligent, with a marvellous combination of approachability and steely determination.” (Chambers and Partners 2024, Social Housing)
- “Laura Tweedy is a real fighter and always willing to go above and beyond. She uses her legal knowledge combined with fantastic people skills. She is loved by solicitors and their clients alike.” (Chambers UK, 2023)
- “Laura is particularly good at understanding a case quickly and appreciating the relevant legal arguments. She is very approachable and clients like her.” (Chambers UK, 2023)
- “Laura is great with clients and is very robust and persuasive in her advocacy. She really fights her corner.” (Chambers UK, 2023)
- “Laura is totally committed to her clients and fights her cases robustly. She is particularly thorough in her work and considers matters from every angle.” (The Legal 500, 2023)
- “Laura is incredibly helpful, often going above and beyond.” (The Legal 500, 2023)
- “She has great customer care skills and looks for solutions rather than problems. A go-to in difficult cases.” (Chambers UK)
- “Very thorough and practical, she’s focused on how to settle cases where possible. Clients talk about her in a very passionate way.” (Chambers UK)
- “She elicits praise for her deft client-handling and cross-examination skills and makes regular appearances before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.” (Chambers UK)
- “She goes down very well with the clients, knows her stuff and gets the results.” (Chambers UK)
- “Incredibly impressive on the client care front and very good at getting to the heart of a case. She takes a pragmatic, commercially minded approach to matters” (Chambers UK)
- “Persuasive and excellent at pulling the tribunal and opposition to her views.” (Legal 500)
- “An extremely hard worker absolutely loved by clients for her tenacity, common sense and ease to work with.2 (Legal 500)
- ‘”he always goes that little further to try and better research and prepare a case.” (Legal 500)
- “She has a no-fuss approach, is well on top of her brief and gives confidence to clients at court.” (Legal 500)
- “Helpful, efficient and accessible, she goes the extra mile.” (Legal 500)
- “A compelling and persuasive advocate; nothing is too much trouble for her.” (Legal 500)
- “She provides commercial advice and has a great rapport with clients, putting them at ease immediately.” (Legal 500)
- “She has a steely determination to fight her client’s corner.” Legal 500
- Chancery Bar Association
- Property Bar Association (Committee Member)
- Social Housing Law Association
- Association of Women Barristers
- Women in Property
- BA Hons (University of Durham, St Mary’s College)
- Master of Jurisprudence (University of Durham, Ustinov College)
- Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent) (BPP, Leeds)
- ADR ODR Accredited Mediator