Activity Report – What we have been up to and what we'll be getting up to over the coming month
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC has been busy with mediations and several landlords’ responses to failure of consideration/implied terms/rent cesser defences to claims for Covid-related rent arrears. She is also knee deep in leasehold estate management disputes and a couple of boundary disputes for good measure. She is seen occasionally cycling (yes, cycling!) into chambers which for anyone who knows her pre-Covid aversion to exercise is a huge surprise.
John de Waal QC has been doing a lot of mediating and thinking about cladding (again).
Jamal Demachkie’s November has been surprisingly property-light. Instead he has spent most of the time in judicial training, learning all about QOCS, credit hire, and Crown Court convictions (try saying that in a hurry!). It’s been an eye-opener but he is keen to get back to the world of property law next month.
Having had an “in person” trial with cross-examination and being able see the “whites of the eyes” of the witness in the box, Monty Palfrey was reminded why he enjoys being at the Bar. More please.
James Hall has been dealing with yet more allegations of negligent conveyancing (this time relating to failure to investigate and advise on Listed Building Consents) as well as another unusual boundary issue (no neighbours involved at all, for once!).
Carl Brewin journeyed up to Newcastle for his first in person trial since March, a highlight of which was having to prove to hotel reception “essential worker” status by offering a wig and gown for inspection.
Daniel Gatty enjoyed the experience of participating in a real, live trial in a real, live courtroom this month, on preliminary issues in a business lease renewal claim. That aside, he has been busy on a host of different issues varying from rights of way to conveyancing negligence to the consequences of disclaimer of a lease.
Lina Mattsson has had a manic month dealing with compensation under Access to Neighbouring Land Act 1992, unlawful culverting of a ditch and unregulated lending under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, all mixed up with a few boundary disputes.
This month Laura Tweedy has been busying her self with anti-social behaviour. Getting injunctions to prevent it, obviously, not committing it herself. She is looking forward to the first Christmas in her own home with her husband and children.
Peter Petts is fizzin’ with antibodies and tinglin’ with T-cells, having successfully battled with Covid-19. Brave little soldier that he is.
John Clargo has been dealing with a variety of issues this month: disrepair of commercial premises, unauthorised alterations, disagreements between joint freehold owners and the remote hearing of a trial about specific performance of finance and security obligations in a development contract. He is back running again, after a fashion. Obtaining a puppy remains a work in progress.
In addition to the regular lease and property work, Steven Woolf is acting on behalf of a number of local authorities in challenging the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Canada Goose v Persons Unknown, which has made injunctions against Persons Unknown so much harder than has been the case over the last few years.