Activity report - What we have been up to
Cameron Stock’s month started with a trial resulting in the closure of a renowned drug den following bouts of anti-social behaviour and was followed by a trial obtaining possession based on unlawful subletting with a corresponding £10k unlawful profits order made against the offending tenant.
James Hall has been dealing with what might best be described as an unorthodox claim by a leaseholder against managing agents for quasi-professional negligence, as well as falling off his brother’s skim board on the shores of South Wales.
Jamal Demachkie has been busy moving house. He has also had trials on forfeiture, notices to quit and an equitable lease. But mostly he has been moving house.
John de Waal QC has been trying to resolve a conundrum on behalf of purchasers of a farm where the covenants appear to prevent the buildings being used for agricultural purposes; it appears an application to the Tribunal is in order.
Steven Woolf in addition to the usual mix of landlord and tenant and property pleadings and advices, obtained injunctive relief against his clients’ older siblings following a fall out over their respective interests in the family property on the death of their parents and a trial in Oxford relating to funding for specialist Care Homes.
In addition to his usual diet, Monty Palfrey had an interesting trial during which the issue arose as to whether an alleged false gas/electrical safety certificate can be relied upon by an unaware or possibly unaware landlord on a s.21 accelerated procedure claim.
Andrew Skelly has been revisiting Quigley v Masterson, when advising on severance of a Joint Tenancy.
Daniel Gatty has had a mixed bag of a month, dealing with issues as diverse as responsibility for the cost of replacing ACM cladding, the registration of charges granted by a fraudster, failure to complete a house purchase and adverse possession of part of an industrial estate.
Amanda Eilledge has been advising an elderly lady whose neighbour has cut off her water and electricity supplies as well as digging up the access road to her house.
Alastair Redpath-Stevens has been tackling such diverse matters as construction of leasehold service charge provisions; almshouses as providers of social housing and the application of the Regulatory Framework; boundary disputes, equitable easements, Party Wall Act matters and vexed questions over piled foundations.
Lina Mattsson has had a month involving lessees ignoring their leases. She has been in both Central London County Court and the FTT arguing about letting properties on AirBnB and breaches of covenant not to run a business and to use a property as a private residence. She is now practicing her frog dance in anticipation of Swedish midsummer (explanation can be found here).
Clare Anslow continued to be seconded to a large Housing Association for three days a week throughout May where she has been advising on a full range of matters including service charges, misrepresentation claims, Possession and rent reviews. In the other part of her week Clare has managed to travel all over the country, her particular favourite being Merthyr Tydfil.
Simon Allison has, more than anything else, been on site views this month. 6 in a month may be a record. All have been immeasurably useful taking the cases concerned forward: cladding, easements, flooding, adverse possession and more.
And finally, Brie Stevens-Hoare QC is having fun with Party Walls and Trusts of Land issues this month.