Laura Tweedy has been busy building snow people and getting ridiculously muddy in Epping Forest. She also has a lot of service charge and injunction work. Perhaps a bit ambitiously, she has booked a trip to Japan in July for the Olympics… Twelve-hour flight with two pre-schoolers anyone?
Jamal Demachkie had an enjoyable first week of DDJ sittings and is now back to the day job! He’s looking forward to a forfeiture trial coming up later this month, and some contentious enforcement proceedings following a successful trial last month.
Cameron Stocks has spent a large portion of the last month dealing with all things trusts of land, from mediations of disputes following the death of a co-owner to pre-trial settlement hearings relating to life interest trusts. When not attempting to untangle trusts, Cameron successfully resisted a High Court appeal concerning alleged misrepresentations by a national bank as to the terms of a mortgage.
John de Waal QC is acting for the BMA in litigation with NHS Property Services Ltd in five test cases concerning service charges charged to GPs surgeries.
Andrew Skelly has been advising a local authority as to the implications of its acquiring a Manor House – a listed building, in need of TLC. Otherwise, February has been a month of boundary disputes and adverse possession, culminating in a CVP trial ‘in’ Northampton.
Monty Palfrey has had a busy month, almost back to normal with hearings in possession claims, pub claims, a three-day boundary dispute, service charges and RTMs in the FTT and advising generally on all manner of neighbour disputes.
Katrina Mather has been acting for the BMA with John de Waal QC on the test case against NHS Property Services concerning unilateral imposition of service charges on GPs. She has also successfully resisted a High Court appeal in a business tenancy dispute. For some added drama, she had her first in person possession hearing with the new Covid rules, which was made more interesting by the tenant cursing the Judge during judgment.
Daniel Gatty has been involved in remote hearings in a dispute between developers over an option and an overage agreement, in two sets of landlord and tenant proceedings and in a conveyancing negligence claim. When not ‘in court’, he has been busy working on matters as diverse as a prescriptive easement of airflow to an air-conditioning vent and burial rights in a privately owned cemetery.
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC seems to be surrounded by people terminating contracts and exiting property transactions – curiously both buyers and sellers. That’s probably why she was so happy to do a talk on that very subject with Priya last week. Brie reports a good diet of boundary and easement disputes which goes very nicely with her recent appointment as a Mediator on the RICS Boundary Mediation Panel.
Lina Mattson has been arguing about what losses a freeholder suffers when a long-leaseholder sublets in breach of the lease on booking.com and when a landlord can refuse to grant a new lease due to disrepair, following the issue of unopposed lease renewal proceedings.