Committee Members

Andrew Atkinson, Solicitor at Runnymede BC

Andrew was admitted as a solicitor in 1995 and has an in-depth knowledge of housing and local government law, acquired during his time in-house with local authority  legal teams. He has particular experience in homelessness.

Mark Cooper, Assistant Head of Law, Communities & Environment at South London Legal Partnership

Mark is responsible for Litigation matters on behalf of the five south London Boroughs that SLLP serves, specialising in Housing & Anti-Social Behaviour. He started his career as an outdoor clerk and, with four authorities, worked in conveyancing and child protection before returning to litigation. 

Yetunde Dania, Partner at Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Yetunde leads the Birmingham Housing Management team. She advises and represents registered providers in all housing management matters. She is acknowledged by Chambers and Partners as a leading individual.

Nick Grundy QC, Barrister and Head of Chambers at 5 Paper

Nick is an experienced property and public law barrister. He is instructed by local authorities and housing providers to deal with complex property and social housing matter. He has particular interest in covenants and estoppel.

Elaine Marshall, Solicitor, Head of Legal at East Thames Group

Elaine is Head of Legal at East Thames Group. Her previous in-house role was at Family Mosaic. Before that she was head of a housing team in private practice, acting predominantly for a wide variety of social landlords.

Dorota Pawlowski Senior Associate Solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Dorota started her housing career at Birmingham City Council before moving into private practice. She is Senior Associate at Trowers and Hamlins LLP in Birmingham, where she advises on all aspects of housing management.

Lee Russell, Solicitor at Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Lee is a Solicitor in one of the largest housing management teams with Devonshires Solicitors LLP in London. Lee advises on all aspects of housing management with particular specialism in litigation involving mental health aspects.

Sarah Salmon, Barrister at Field Court Chambers

Sarah practices in housing, property and local government. She is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. She regularly appears for, and advises, social landlords on all aspects of housing. She joined the SHLA committee in 2014.

Helen Tucker, Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Helen Tucker is a partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors and co-leads their Housing Litigation team acting for social landlords across England. She advises on all housing management issues that can lead to litigation and also provides extensive training and policy advice. Helen is ranked as a band one individual in Chambers Legal directory for social housing.

Dean Underwood, Barrister at Cornerstone Barristers

Dean specialises in landlord and tenant, housing, public and administrative law. He is ranked as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and appears regularly for social landlords in the higher courts.