Giles Peaker: Housing Lawyer of the Year 2018
The prestigious awards ceremony took place on 17 July 2018 at the 155 Bishopgate London with over 100 guest from across the industry.
His nomination and acceptance speech have been widely praised which touched upon his long standing campaign for housing standards. He co-drafted a private members bill for Karen Buck MP on making homes fit for human habitation in 2015. The bill was unfortunately unsuccessful but in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, Giles has worked with Ms Buck to amend and re-submit the bill, lobbying government and successfully gaining government support for this vital bill. This bill will be a ‘game-changer’ ensuring that tenants can take action in civil courts against both private landlords and social landlords in respect of any dangerous defects to their homes, even those defects which would not currently constitute ‘disrepair’.
On receiving the award, Giles adds ‘I am honoured to receive the Legal Aid Housing Lawyer award. Housing lawyers are a dedicated group, committed to securing safe, secure homes for their clients and I am proud to be recognised amongst them.’