Simon Birks

Call: 1981



Simon’s work covers residential landlord and tenant work, together with a wide range of local government work.


Reported Cases

Gray v Brown [1993] 25 HLR 144

Restricted contract under the Rent Act 1977.

Saxby v McKinley [1997] HLR 569

Sentencing for breach of an injunction following unlawful eviction.

Re: Page's Application [1996] 71 P&CR 440

An application to discharge restricted covenant.

O'Brien v Croydon LBC [1998] 4 PLR 86

Concerned advertising regulations.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council v Dunn [1996] 95 LGR 775

Acting as a pedlar as a defence to unlawful street trading.

Luton Borough Council v Ball [2001]

Council Tax Regulations.

R (Molinaro) v The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea [2002] BLGR 336
The extent of public law in local authority landlord and tenant matters.

R (Begum) v Headteachers and Governors of Denbigh High School [2007] 1 AC 100 (House of Lords), [2005] 1 WLR 3373 (Court of Appeal), [2004] EWHC 1389 (High Court)

School uniform restriction on wearing the jilbab not in breach of Human Rights Act.

Accent Foundation Ltd v Lee [2008] HLR 3

Non-party to injunction cannot waive its terms.

R (on the application of S (by his litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v Social Security Commissioner & Secretary of State for

Work and Pensions & Walsall Council [2010] 1 PTSR 1785.

Exempt accommodation within the Housing Benefit Regulations.





Law and Polity Committee of the Methodist Church


Areas of Practice

Residential landlord and tenant, Local Government


Outside interests

Sailing other people's boats

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