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Abi Layiwola

Associate Partner - Head of Housing

Abi is an Associate Partner and the Head of the Housing team at Sternberg Reed. She is a highly experienced senior litigation and landlord/tenant Solicitor.

As an expert in her field, Abi is often asked to consult for other practitioners in the field. She is a committed specialist in land law, housing and all matters property related.  She has particular expertise in land disputes and the recovery of property together with housing and commercial litigation. She carries out work in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.  She regularly conducts trials and attends hearings in both the fast and multi-track with particular emphasis on succinct and persuasive argument.

She represents tenants and homelessness applicants who are in severe need. Abi has a detailed knowledge of Human Rights and discrimination law and their interaction with housing law and regularly runs Equality Act defences.

Abi is one of a minority of practitioners who can advise and represent clients in court in the complex legal area relating to gang injunctions.

She has successfully concluded many compensation claims for victims of client’s living or renting properties that are in a poor condition.  She has successfully obtained compensation for clients who have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, respiratory problems and have been exposed to asbestos, have had inhabitable premises condemned.   She has supported families to achieve appropriate living accommodation and challenge Local Authority decisions.

She is an expert in the complex area of tenancy deposits and has managed to obtain large payments of compensation for tenants in this area.

Abi carries out a range of property work, and has advocated at the Residential Property Tribunal.  She is able to advise on commercial landlord and tenant disputes and 1954 Act renewals and service charge disputes.

Abi continually achieves excellent results for landlords in:

  • Recovering possession of property.
  • Dilapidation cases.
  • Defending and efficiently resolving tenancy deposit issues.
  • Drafting and advising on key documents including tenancy agreements and statutory notices.
  • Boundary disputes
  • Party wall disputes
  • Easements

Abi is a first-class litigator.  She is pro-active and becomes familiar with the issues in a case quickly.  She has experience of obtaining high awards of compensation for her clients, and her tenacious approach to advocacy and litigations ensures that clients are often pleased with the service that they receive.

She is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, Housing Law Practitioner’s Association, Human Rights Lawyers Association, the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.

Recent Cases

  • June 2014 – Lambeth County Court – Successfully obtained an injunction for a Local authority landlord
  • October 2014 – Obtained large amount of compensation for a tenant who had been evicted illegally by her landlord
  • November 2014 – Romford County Court– Abi won compensation and legal costs for a client in a Tenancy deposit claim against a landlord who had attempted to obtain possession under the ‘s.21’ accelerated procedure.
  • December 2014 – Clerkenwell and Shoreditch – Successfully defended possession proceedings against the local authority who attempted to gain possession from a seriously ill tenant.
  • March 2015 – Romford County Court – Successfully obtained vacant possession against trespassers for a commercial landlord

What others say

  • District Judge at County Court commented in January 2015 that Abi “excellently represented” the client in a Housing matter.
  • A client in May 2014 called Abi a “brilliant solicitor” and said she could not have asked for more after Abi obtained an injunction making the Defendants return her goods and money.
  • In January 2015 Abi received thanks from a client for “all of the help and assistance [she] had provided”
  • In February 2015 a client whom Abi represented in Basildon County Court called her an “angel sent from heaven”.
  • In December 2014 an opponent’s client asked Abi to represent him at court for his next court case as he was “very impressed” with her performance.
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