Housing Law is becoming increasingly important in society today – with more people renting, increasing pressure being put upon landlords by their own lenders, and more mortgage companies than ever seeking possession of properties.

The Housing Department at Watson Ramsbottom is headed by Director Jonathan Leach who is a solicitor with a special interest in housing law, and a Legal Aid Agency Supervisor.

Legal Aid

At Watson Ramsbottom we are one of the few law firms in the north west that can assist tenants with public funding, both Legal Help and full funding certificate from the Legal Services Commission for eligible clients. These allow us to undertake all elements of a case from initial instructions to representation before the courts. An assessment is made of every potential client at the beginning of a case to ensure that we can assist all eligible people.


Tenants can require assistance for number of reasons ranging from disrepair to wrongful eviction. We are aware that many problems arise in a rental situation due to an inability to pay the rent – be it down to losing a job or issues with housing benefit.

We are able to assist many people in dealing with the problems that arise in their rental situation and in may cases can avert court action. Where court proceedings are inevitable we aim to ensure that the judge hears your side and where possible to reach feasible and amicable settlements with your landlord to allow you to remain in your home.


In addition to helping tenants at Watson Ramsbottom we are fully geared to seek possession of properties for landlords. Most cases arise due to rental arrears and we are able to assist landlords recover their properties either by negotiating a surrender of the tenancy or by the issue of court proceedings. Sometimes a letter is all you need!

Home Owners

In the current financial climate mortgage and secured loan companies are more keen than ever to make sure that they recover money – and will follow through to repossession proceedings if necessary.

We act for home-owners seeking advice when they fall into arrears, or when the bank has issued court proceedings. We can assist clients in negotiations with their lenders, ensure the lenders adhere to the governments Pre-Action Protocol and in certain cases assist clients in their application for money from a number of government schemes to help them avoid repossession.

We are able to assist certain clients even after the courts have ordered that they give up possession of their home. It is possible to obtain a suspension to those orders where a home owner can demonstrate that they can repay the arrears on their account within a reasonable time.

WR Solicitor & Director Jonathan Leach
Solicitor & Director

Please fill in the form on the right of the page or to arrange an appointment for an initial consultation to discuss matters, please contact the head of our team Jonathan Leach on 01254 67 22 22.

Our Clients Say:

  • Mr & Mrs Thorne
    Stuart was the most clear, concise and informative legal representative we have come across.  The office looked wonderful, modern with a convivial atmosphere, making us feel relaxed with the knowledge we would be in great hands.  Stuart gave us his full and prompt attention with every step fully explained in detail. We were fully briefed on sevices rendered and the costs involved. All things considered, Watson Ramsbottom were extremely efficient and professional. We will most definitely recommend to others who  may need professional advice. 
    Mr & Mrs Thorne
  • Jonathan has worked for me in regards to a local charity event I helped organise on an issue concerning a supplier to the event. We found Jonathan to be punctual, hard working and extremely knowledgable in terms of the issue we faced and would highly recommend his services to other people in the future.
    Stuart Andrews
    The Online Marketing Store Ltd
  • Mr Adekunle
    After being a client of Vina and Watson Ramsbottom, I found it necessary to voice my opinion. I really appreciate your meritorious work that you have done in getting my Permanent Residence card for me from the Home Office. I can not thank you enough.
    Mr Adekunle
  • Stuart provides excellent advice and assistance in Probate, Wills and Estate Planning. I have passed a number of my own client's to him and they have all been more than satisfied with the service they have received. Stuart tailors his work to the client's requirements and finances; he offers competitive experienced advice but in a straight forward manner for which the clients are always grateful. He provides the clients with affordable options to meet their needs. Stuart also manages others and you can see that they respect his knowledge and experience; he is friendly and approachable but knows when hard work and determination are required.
    Ryan Bickham
    PCB Solicitors LLP

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