Legal counsel for NRLA confirmed

Housing lawyer and former Residential Landlords Association policy director David Smith (pictured) has been confirmed as legal counsel for the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).

Smith is a partner at JMW Solicitors in London, and specialises in landlord and tenant property litigation in the residential sector.

In this role, Smith will help the NRLA scrutinise legislation and the ways in which it will impact the private rental sector. Smith will also advise the association with raising legal challenges, seeking amendments to legislation and on its approach to the future of the private rental sector.

The NRLA has supported individual landlord members and organisations in a variety of cases, both via association funds and through crowdfunding.

Smith said of his appointment: “It is vital that government legislation affecting the PRS is fit for purpose and does not have unintended consequences due to the way it is drafted. I look forward to working with the NRLA in its efforts to support and represent landlords’ interests.”

Ben Beadle, chief executive of the NRLA, added: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with David, whose expert knowledge will be invaluable when it comes to holding lawmakers to account and protect the rights of landlords.”