Diane Astin

Background

Diane Astin joined Deighton Pierce Glynn in 2017. Previously she has worked at the Public Law Project, Islington Law Centre and Shelter as well as several legal aid firms. She specialises in housing, public law and community care and is the author of the LAG book “Housing Law Handbook”.

Expertise

Diane acts for tenants in the public and private sector and for claimants challenging local authorities and government departments in relation to housing and social services decisions. She acts for migrants seeking asylum support and community care services, including asylum seeking children and the victims of trafficking.

Diane is also an experienced trainer and lecturer and for many years has designed and presented training courses on housing law, community care law, asylum support and civil litigation. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently a member of the Civil Justice Council.

Sample Cases

Significant cases in which Diane has acted include:

R (Bracking & Others) v SSWP (Court of Appeal) – quashing the decision to close the Independent Living Fund

R (Copson) v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust – challenge to decision to close local day centres and reduce in-patient beds in mental health service

R (G) v SSHD – challenge to decision to detain unaccompanied asylum seeking child

R (Medical Justice) v SSHD (Court of Appeal) – decision on protective costs orders and appeals

R (Szoma) v Southwark Council – challenge to amount of subsistence paid to asylum seekers supported by council

R (AF) v Islington Council – challenge to council’s failure to accommodate asylum seeking children under s.20 Children Act

R v Islington LBC ex parte Hassan – challenge to intentional homelessness decision
Bokhari v Redjep (Court of Appeal) – rent arrears possession action under the Rent Act 1997