- Location: Camberwell Green
- Role: Supervising Solicitor
- Practice Area: Housing Law
Dirghayu Patel joined GT Stewart at the beginning of September 2012. He qualified as a solicitor in January 2003 having trained with Deighton Guedalla in London. He was awarded Higher Court advocacy rights in 2007. He is an experienced advocate in the County Court and often advocates in the High Court.
He obtained a law degree at Newcastle University and then a masters in international human rights law at Nottingham University.
He is committed to enforcing the rights of the disadvantaged which is essential to the bridging the gap that so often exists between the law in books and the law in action. He is interested in the relevance of legal theory to the practitioner and has presented a paper to the 2009 Critical Lawyers Conference on homelessness law. He is a member of the editorial board of Adviser magazine and has written articles on housing and human rights law.
Since qualifying as a solicitor he has worked in private practice and the not for profit sector developing specialisms in community care, public law, human rights and housing law. He aims to find innovative and bold solutions to the legal problems that his clients face.
Recent casework successes include:
WHA v GG. Successful defence of possession claim brought against prisoner by his social landlord. The client was keen to retain his accommodation which would assist his re-integration following his release and sought to have a caretaker residing at the property and paying his rent. The landlord ignored this request and sought re-possession. They withdrew the claim following a defence filed by us on our client’s behalf. As a result of this case the social landlord changed its practice to allow caretakers in appropriate cases.
CA v SM and JA. Claim for damages against landlord and lettings agent responsible for unlawfully evicting the tenant. He succeeded in obtaining a judgment against them to pay damages of £22500 for the tenant.
Shereen Duke v T Uthayakanthan. He represented the tenant in a private prosecution against the landlord for failing to abate a nuisance at the property which included cockroach infestation. The landlord was ordered to pay costs, carry out works to abate the nuisance and £1000 in compensation to the tenant.