Nic Madge is a circuit judge. He was formerly a recorder and district judge and head of the Housing Department at Bindman and Partners, London. He is author of Housing Law Casebook (LAG, 4th edn, forthcoming 2007), Annotated Housing Statutes (Sweet and Maxwell, 2005) and a member of the senior editorial board of Civil Procedure ('the White Book') (Sweet & Maxwell). He writes regularly on housing law and procedure, including contributions to Law Society's Gazette and New Law Journal and co-authors 'Recent developments in housing law' in Legal Action. He is a founder member of the Housing Law Practitioners' Association.Derek McConnell is a solicitor at South West Law in Bristol. Since 1978 he has worked in a number of Law Centres, and then in private practice, specialising in housing law. He writes the regular 'Owner-occupier' updates in Legal Action and tutors widely on housing law, specifically residential mortgage law.John Gallagher is principal solicitor with Shelter, and has specialised in housing and homelessness law for 20 years. He previously worked at SHAC (the London Housing Aid Centre), at Nottingham Law Centre and in private practice in Liverpool. He is an executive member of the Housing Law Practitioners' Association.Jan Luba QC is a barrister in the housing team at Garden Court Chambers in London. He was called to the Bar in 1980 and was made Queen's Counsel in 2000. He is one of the leading authorities on housing law and practice. Jan is co-author of a number of housing law titles including Repairs: tenants' rights (LAG) and Housing Allocations and Homelessness (Jordans), and writes, with Nic Madge, the monthly series 'Recent developments in housing law' in Legal Action. He sits as a recorder in the civil and criminal courts and as a judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.