David Foster

Having trained and qualified with Clarks Solicitors, Reading I was then employed as an Assistant Solicitor at Paisners (now Berwin Leighton Paisner), in commercial conveyancing. I was then employed as the 3 year solicitor at Newham Rights Centre – a community law centre – where I began to specialise in housing law. From there I co-founded and set up a community legal aid practice in Canning Town moving ultimately to a large Legal Aid practice, Fisher Meredith in Lambeth where I was a salaried partner and Head of the Housing Department. I am now the co-founding partner of Foster & Foster Solicitors where I have continued to specialise in Housing and Community Care and earlier in Welfare Benefits and Debt.

Throughout my career I have successfully represented tenants and homeless applicants in housing litigation using Legal Aid.

In the 1980s I acted for the Newham Tenant Tower Blocks Campaign which culminated in the evacuation and demolition of Ronan Point because of fire safety issues and its sister Taylor Woodrow Anglian blocks and the permanent re-housing of the evacuated tenants locally in Newham. In the 1990s I represented the Tower Hamlets Homeless Families Campaign which defeated a local authority policy of declaring all Bangladeshi homeless applicants intentionally homeless.
I was a founder member of and inaugural speaker at the Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA).

I was the first Law Society Council Member for Housing Law from 2004 – 2008. I was a Law Society Housing Law Committee member from 2004 -2008.
I was involved in setting up and was the first advocate at Bow County Court Duty Possession Scheme, Runcorn County Court Duty Possession Scheme and Warrington County Court Duty Possession Scheme.

I contributed to the Housing and Community Care chapters in the last 2 editions of the Law Society Elderly Client Handbook.

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