Activity report – a selection of what some of us have been up to this month
Laura Tweedy has been really enjoying acting as a mediator in property disputes and is training as an arbitrator this month too. As for the barristering… Laura has been checking out the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill 2022 and the implications for enforcement of commercial arrears, as well as dealing with some injunctions, boundary disputes and gritty anti-social behaviour.
James Hall has been advising on pesky restrictive covenants relating to the rebuilding of a high-end residential property (and the possible professional negligence claim that may flow therefrom, against previous solicitors) and has also been instructed in relation to another off-plan property purchase/bodged build problem.
Jamal Demachkie had an interesting trial on the appropriate way to calculate damages in lieu of injunctive relief, and has been advising on third party applications for relief from forfeiture.
Daniel Gatty was busy working towards a trial in respect of a £2m mortgage. The rest of his time was spent advising on restrictive covenants, rent reviews and a variety of other topics.
Lina Mattsson has been dealing with various boundaries and easements disputes – pouring over old title deeds, feeling like Sherlock! She is also pleased to have obtained a freezing injunction following a successful trial, avoiding what would otherwise have been a Pyrrhic victory for the client. So far, a great start to 2022!
Andrew Skelly’s practice was in the gutter for much of this month. Quite literally, it was a month of advising on drainage ditches and highway drains. Back on dry land, Andrew represented the tenant in the landlord’s appeal against a decision that Covid ‘ringfenced’ arrears should be stayed pending the introduction of the government’s promised arbitration scheme. Tune in next month for the result.
David Peachey started and ended January with the same case, having the first and second halves of a part-heard trial. He is just managing to squeeze in an arbitration on the last day.
Brie Stevens Hoare QC’s January involved dilapidations, restrictive covenants and easements in and affecting a multi-title commercial site, constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel, conditional contracts and a lovely trip down memory lane to the Rent Acts.
John Clargo’s January was varied: a harassment injunction; commercial dilapidations; an application to alter the register (no, not that one, the one at Companies House), termination of common law tenancies and the thorny issue of terminating part only of a lease. Roll on Christmas.
Monty Palfrey spent the first part of January drafting all those pleadings but for a short extension would have fallen due over Christmas and New Year. Thereafter, a number of in-person hearings including two PTRs which each lasted over 5 hours. This didn’t happen with video hearings.
Amanda Eilledge has had a busy start to the year in trial for a TOLATA claim and a boundary dispute and has been advising on everything real property related from restrictive covenants to adverse possession of a children’s playground.