Ian Rattenbury

Legal Executive
  • Experience

Ian is a Chartered Legal Executive, who qualified in October 2009, joining our Norwich office in September 2011.

Ian specialises in housing management law and has broad experience of providing advice, drafting court documents and advocacy at the County Court and First-tier Tribunal to this firm’s Housing Association and Local Authority clients.

Ian’s main areas of expertise in housing management law include providing advice, drafting court documents and advocacy in possession claims, demotion claims, injunction claims, disrepair claims and service charge disputes.

Ian has also provided advice to this firm’s clients in other areas of property litigation law, such as boundary disputes, rectification / alteration of title disputes, rights of way and easement disputes, commercial lease renewal disputes and terminal dilapidations disputes.

Prior to joining Birketts, Ian worked for three years in another large firm and provided advice, drafting and advocacy services to Housing Association clients of that firm in the same areas of housing management law that he currently advises clients of Birketts on, as well as commercial lease renewal disputes.

Prior to this Ian worked for four years in a local government legal team and provided advice in housing management law, environmental health law, anti-social behaviour law and homelessness law. Ian also provided legal advice to local authority committees in homelessness law and licensing law.

Prior to this Ian worked for eight years in private practice in Norwich for two firms and provided advice, drafting and advocacy services to tenants defending possession proceedings and injunctions, tenants bringing claims for unlawful eviction and to homeless persons challenging local authority decisions. Ian’s practice also included providing welfare rights advice to benefit claimants and representing appellants at Social Security Appeal Tribunals.

Ian regularly presents training courses to clients of Birketts and to organisations such as the Housing Quality Network.

Ian is a member of the Social Housing Lawyers Association.

Throughout his career, Ian has spent a number of years within the housing departments of both a District and a City Council and before joining Birketts, worked for a large international law firm. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.


Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners

I have been liaising with Ian Rattenbury on a possession case that my organisation have been pursuing. Ian has been informative and amenable throughout. I do not have a legal background and Ian communicates and explains in a way that helps me to understand the process and details of our case. He is always prompt with answering any queries and has been really supportive of the witnesses involved in the case.

Legal 500 [UK 2021]

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