Activity Report – What we have been up to
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC has been busy with trusts of land, a bit of land registration and easements – but mostly she was trying to persuade people to stand against her in the Head of Chambers election. No joy on that last task – such is life Brie.
John de Waal QC is fighting a 10 day trial which is all about a defective wastewater treatment plant at a livestock market in Devon – it’s a glamorous life!
This month Amanda Eilledge has been advising on the priority of equitable charges, a local authority’s powers to sell land and now has her head down preparing for a 10 day trial involving property fraud, rectification and subrogation.
Andrew Skelly has had several successful mediations – dealing with Japanese knotweed, and inheritance Act / ToLATA claims.
James Hall has been dealing with rectification of a transfer and adverse possession, and yet more professional negligence arising out of business tenancy renewal errors; as well as answering the dreaded Wheel Of Questions!
They say a change is as good as a rest and Charlotte John has spent much of May taking a break from her usual diet of property and probate disputes to prepare for and sit her final Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners exam and shadowing a District Judge as part of her training following her appointment as DDJ.
John Clargo has dealt with discontinuous leases, restrictive covenants and option agreements. What more could a man ask for?
Daniel Gatty was successful in a trial to recover monies obtained by fraud. Back in Chambers, he has been busy advising and drafting about topics as diverse as conveyancing negligence, prescriptive easements and dilapidations.
Jamal Demachkie has had a varied month, splitting his time in the High Court and local County Courts seeking injunctions against trespassers, arguing restrictive covenants, and attending his first CCMCs of the year (which are just as tedious as he remembers!).
Steven Woolf extended his property practice to the foreshore of a river with various possession claims against boats unlawfully moored. Makes a change from dealing with caravans and mobile-homes which has been the focus of the majority of his attention this month as he continues working to protect green spaces from unlawful encampments.
Laura Tweedy is enjoying keeping up a busy work load before her maternity leave starts in August. She has been dealing with a lot of social housing work, particularly Equality Act damages claims. As for real estate she has been enjoying advising (not only because it means she can sit down all day!) on matters such as lease interpretation and business tenancies.
Peter Petts has been largely engaged in prosecuting and defending injunctions. Spring is in the air and litigants are getting feisty.
After a month of back-to-back trials and appeals Lina Mattsson has put her OOO on and is now off on maternity leave until the beginning of November! She is so relieved that her baby did not appear in the middle of a trial (as happened last time). Lina will however be working here and there on on-going matters (as she just can’t stay away!).