Public and Regulatory
People can find themselves in conflict with public bodies at any time, whether it’s their local authority, their professional body or a national regulator. Joshua represents individuals to give them an effective voice in challenging the state, and represents public authorities to ensure that a fair balance is struck between the needs of everyone in society.
Joshua has particular expertise in social housing and age disputes. His experience encompasses homelessness and allocations, through human rights and disability discrimination, to community care and particularly age assessment disputes between unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors and local authorities.
Joshua acts regularly for local authorities, social landlords and tenants in all aspects of social housing law (both private and public). He has advised and advocated in a variety of cases related to local government powers and duties, representing clients across a range of public and regulatory law issues from planning breach injunctions to parking enforcement, including civil penalties for landlords under the Housing Act 2004. His public law practice includes the Administrative and County Courts, and Tribunals. He is familiar with out-of-hours applications to the duty judge. He also has experience of professional disciplinary proceedings.
Joshua was a Part-time External Tutor in Public Law (Judicial Review) on the Bar Vocational Course, BPP (London) in 2006 and 2007.
- R (HBTN) v Sunderland City Council  EWHC 3221 (Admin): Joshua successfully defended the local authority’s refusal to disclose a confidential age assessment document on the basis that the claim had become academic.
- 2-day public inquiry into a proposed toll increase for the Bournemouth-Swanage ferry, in which Joshua successfully represented a number of public authorities opposed to the price rise (September 2018)
- R (GE (Eritrea)) v SSHD and Bedford Borough Council  EWHC 1406 (Admin): Joshua enabled his client to prove that the local authority had wrongly assessed her age both as a question of fact and on traditional judicial review grounds.
- R (GE (Eritrea)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another  EWCA Civ 1490: a leading authority on the definition of ‘former relevant child’ in the Children Act 1989, the judgment establishes a local authority’s duty to consider its discretionary powers to remedy any unlawfulness arising from its erroneous assessment of a child’s age.
- 4-day Upper Tribunal age dispute hearing defending local authority’s assessment of an Albanian national – Joshua successfully resisted the Claimant’s arguments based on SA (Kuwait) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 1157 that the UT should decide the case on the documents alone but should hear evidence to assess the Claimant’s credibility (October 2014).
- R (MW) v Croydon London Borough Council, CO/10832/2011 (Upper Tribunal, 18/01/13): Joshua succeeded in establishing the claimed age of an Afghani child who had been unlawfully age-assessed by the local authority; the Tribunal made particular criticisms of the authority’s age assessment process (especially a failure to put adverse matters to the applicant).
A property specialist with a wealth of experience in social housing matters, as well as a wide range of other residential and commercial property disputes. His recent work includes a number of neighbour and boundary cases.
Strengths: "Joshua knows the law inside out and brings his housing experience to the fore in cases." "He is efficient and clients love him."
Recent work: Acted for the residents of a five-block estate in an Upper Tribunal case which considered various issues relating to consultation requirements for the landlord's service charge demands for the replacement of balcony asphalt.
Chambers UK 2022/Real Estate Litigation/South Eastern Bar
Strengths: "Completely on top of the law and facts." "Joshua is very commercial and he has the client’s interests foremost."
Recent work: Acted in a long-running neighbour dispute, involving issues of trespassing, nuisance and negligence. Dubin's clients were awarded prohibitory injunctions, damages and costs.
Chambers UK 2021/Real Estate Litigation/South Eastern Bar
‘An intellectually sharp, calm under pressure, and dependable barrister.’
Legal 500 2022/Property and Construction/Leading Juniors/South Eastern Circuit
‘A good lawyer: an effective advocate and cross-examiner who is hardworking too.’
Legal 500 2021
‘Tenacious and persistent.’
Legal 500 2020
"His advice is precise and succinct.'
Legal 500 2019
"Your professionalism, thoroughness, tactics and overall performance during the hearing were top notch and I will not be convinced otherwise than that you were the major factor in our being successful in the dismissal of the claim against us."
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- MA Hons, English Literature Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1991)
- Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law in 1997/98.
- Property Bar Association
- Agricultural Law Association
- Housing Law Practitioners’ Association
- Social Housing Law Association
- London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit
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