Victory for Hamlins Property Litigation Team

Around 20 professional squatters got a rude awakening around 7am yesterday morning and were evicted from a Grade II listed building on Mare Street in Hackney following Hamlins Property Litigation team’s success at the High Court on Friday in obtaining a possession order against them. The squatters put up a struggle when the bailiffs turned up to find barricades but ultimately they were able to force them out.

Faiza Ahmad, Associate, originally went to the High Court on 4 December and made an emergency application and successfully persuaded the Master to agree that the possession proceedings be dealt with in the High Court (they are usually dealt with in the County Court). By dealing with the matter in the High Court we were able to instruct High Court Enforcement Officers to deal with the eviction immediately.

The hearing was then listed to take place on Friday 13 December when Faiza appeared before the High Court Master again this time in the company of many of the squatters who turned up to defend the proceedings. When the High Court found against them, they made an application for permission to appeal which was refused. This meant that the hearing which was listed for 15 minutes in fact took over 2 hours.

The building used to house the Elizabeth Fry Institute for Reformation of Women Prisoners and later became the Lansdowne Liberal and Radical Club (later the New Lansdowne Social Club), which closed down in 2003.

The case has attracted some press coverage:

Daily Mail

Hackney Gazette

Hackney Citizen

If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article please contact Faiza Ahmad