Activity Report – What we have been up to and what we'll be getting up to over the coming month
John de Waal KC has been drafting a skeleton argument on a land case for the Bahamas Court of Appeal.
Not content with obtaining injunctions to prevent occupation and fly-tipping in the South East, Steven Woolf has been very busy preparing the paperwork to commence claims for possession against protesters trespassing on land the subject of the HS2 development project. This included a rather muddy exploration into deepest Buckinghamshire.
Andrew Skelly was still settling in on day one of a two-day First-tier Tribunal hearing in Bodmin, in which his 16 clients seek to register a prescriptive right of way over neighbouring land, only for the Objector to crumble and capitulate within the first hour. Across the country, in Brighton, he succeeded in an interesting appeal relating to the date on which a claim is ‘brought’ for the purposes of limitation: if a claim form is taken to the court, whereupon the date is stamped on it and it is simply given back apparently without a copy being retained by the court, and no fee being taken, is the claim ‘brought’ on that date? Answers on a post-card. No prizes. Or acknowledgements.
Lina Mattsson has been busy prepping for the High court and upper tribunal appeals. She has also been advising on boundary disputes, prescriptive rights and fraudulent misrepresentations by a vendor.
Daniel Gatty has been doing a bit of this and a bit of that. Highlights included drafting proceedings in a dispute between developers over an option agreement, advising in a dispute between siblings over property ownership, on a lender’s negligence claim against conveyancing solicitors and in couple of business lease renewal cases, appearing on an application to discharge an injunction. All sorts really.
Jamal Demachkie had had a busy month. Highlights include advising on a s.610 application to modify a restrictive covenant, getting to grips with the new(ish) Pubs Code, acting on three Airbnb disputes, and also finding time to squeeze in a quick skiing holiday!
Andy Creer has been advising on a redevelopment break clause, more electronic communications cases in light of Ashloch, and looking at when an agreement for a lease might not be enforceable. She has currently forsaken law reports for snow reports and is tree skiing in Colorado.
John Clargo has been dealing with the Rent Act 1977, implied easements for access, a Jervis v. Harris clause, enfranchisement of a place of worship and some more knotweed. His running-every-day streak of over 5 years has finally been brought to a juddering halt by a bored achilles tendon.
Cameron Stocks, Clare Anslow, Priya Gopal, Byroni Kleopa provided a popular and interactive day as part of our J2J seminar series for more junior practitioners taking them throughs the ins and outs of residential property disputes.