Melanie Dirom is one of the pre-eminent housing management and tenancy enforcement lawyers in the North West, noted for successful outcomes on complex and high-profile cases, and for trailblazing litigation that has caught the attention of the sector, the profession and the press.
Melanie has worked in the housing sector since 2003, specialising in housing, tenancy enforcement, anti-social behaviour litigation and leasehold management, and joined Croftons from Brabners in 2012. Melanie is a ranked housing management lawyer in the Chambers UK guide and is recognised by Legal 500 for housing management and tackling anti-social behaviour. Melanie is also a familiar face at courts throughout the North West and has strong links with leading Barristers Chambers specialising in social housing,
Melanie has acted on a number of important cases. For instance, she was involved in the successful anti-social behaviour litigation following the Rhys Jones’ murder and the associated gang member activity. Melanie has been named as 'Lawyer of the Week'' by the Law Society and was also awarded a Chief Constable Commendation from Merseyside Police for her work in improving communities by taking action against anti-social behaviour. She is (to date) the only Solicitor working in private practice to have been awarded such a Commendation
In addition, Melanie is also a regular keynote legal speaker at housing and tenancy management conferences and seminars and a regular contributor to the specialist housing press such as Inside Housing, and 24 Housing who is called upon to comment on key issues and changes in her specialist area of housing and regeneration law.
Melanie qualified in 2003 and became a Partner in 2014. Melanie began her career by representing social housing tenants before specialising purely in landlord work ten years ago. Melanie is a member of the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group.
- Acting for a RP on a contentious trespass matter where the occupant (an unsuccessful successor) alleged propitiatory estoppel and unjust enrichment in his defence. The matter was dismissed at an interim hearing and a possession order obtained.
- Providing strategic advice to an RP on the legal complexities and risks of providing customer contact and access to services solely through digital channels.
- Acting for a RP in an application against a leaseholder for breach of lease relating to alleged ASB. A declaration of breach of lease was obtained to avoid forfeiture proceedings, the occupier was rehoused with terms as to future letting requirements on the leaseholder.
- Representing an RP on a notable case involving possession proceedings defended on grounds of disrepair and an allegation that our client breached the Equality Act. Ultimately, the Court struck out the defence and held that the case should be disposed of. This was cited as a ‘test case’ in respect of rent arrears and the effect of disability, and involved very complex arguments relating to the Equality Act.
- Acting for an RP on a full high-level tenancy agreement and housing management policy review to ensure all their documentation is legally watertight and in line with best practice.
- Acting for a Housing Group on a right of way dispute relating to leasehold flats in a development, advising on the client's entitlements under the different conveyances and drawing up an agreement to bind the vendor, purchaser and the management company to protect the rights of way, avoiding costly High Court litigation.