Housing Department

Housing Department


Rachel Donnelly
Legal Clerk

I joined Watson Woodhouse Solicitors 6 years ago original as a secretary for both the housing and mental health department. I then moved solely into the housing department prior to my promotion to Legal Clerk in 2016.

I currently represent clients on a daily basis at the local County Court in relation to possession and eviction matters under the Court Duty Possession Scheme. I also have knowledge of dealing with clients in relation to other areas of housing law such as anti-social behaviour, homelessness, disrepair, harassment and unlawful eviction.


Lisa Fairbridge
Legal Clerk

I studied law at Teesside University, graduating in 2005 and later completed the LPC at Northumbria University. I am also a Graduate Legal Executive, member of CILEX, currently working towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive.

Before moving to Watson Woodhouse in 2014, I worked for a number of years as a debt and housing caseworker at the Citizens Advice Bureau.

I currently work in the Housing Department representing clients with various housing matters including possession and eviction proceedings for clients who are at risk of losing their homes, anti-social behaviour, disrepair issues, harassment and unlawful eviction. I also provide advice and representation for clients as part of the Housing Court Duty Scheme at the local County Courts.

In addition to this, I also work in the Mental Health Department advising and representing people who are subject to the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act. This includes representing clients at managers meeting and CPA meetings.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising with family and friends.