Activity Report – What we have been up to and what we'll be getting up to over the coming month
This month began with a TOLATA trial for Steven Woolf and will end with another one. In the intervening weeks, Steven has been working on the Grounds and Skeleton in the forthcoming appeal against the decision of Nicklin J that has a driven a coach and horses through injunctions against Person Unknown.
John de Waal KC has been drafting Particulars of Claim in two £10m professional negligence cases.
Brie Stevens-Hoare KC has been having a great time focused on complex restrictive covenants, indemnity clauses in development related sale and purchase agreements, and some really nasty neighbour boundary disputes. What with all of that, a building move and change of name to Gatehouse Chambers, even Brie thinks she might need a bit of a break.
Jamal Demachkie had a week’s holiday (woohoo!) and is now back to a series of development disputes: overage, temporary interference with easements, and (alleged) breach of covenants.
James Hall has been dealing with his usual professional negligence workload but also working (with the incredible Brie) on a big new matter involving HS2, an old estate and restrictive covenants.
What travel restrictions? In addition to face to face mediation on boundary dispute north of Hexham, opposed possession hearings in Worcester and Birmingham, and forfeiture in Truro, it was a busy month of easements, possession, boundaries and costs budgets for Monty Palfrey.
Lina Mattsson has had a varied diet this month. She has been in the Upper Tribunal arguing about the modification of restrictive covenants under s 84 led by Andrew Francis (who literally wrote the book on the topic). Is it too nerdy to ask him to sign her copy of his book? She has also successfully got a derivative claim summarily dismissed and been advising on unincorporated associations’ ability to hold an interest in land.
Some of Daniel Gatty’s time has been spent on a trial about a deed governing contributions to a maintenance fund for a West End mansion block and a trial about disputed ownership of a residential property. The rest of his time has been spent on a variety of disputes covering the gamut from (alleged) solicitors’ negligence to disputed rights over a pleasure garden via forfeiture of a commercial lease.