Activity report - What we have been up to
Peter Petts has been in Chancery Division on a £1m VAT claim on the sale of a property, and a slightly less glamorous (but far more entertaining) Access to Neighbouring Land Act case in Wiltshire.
Laura Tweedy is excited to return from maternity leave at the beginning of June. She is looking forward to catching up with her fantastic solicitors and not wearing leggings.
Amanda Eilledge has been advising on Notices to Complete (one valid one not) and restrictive covenants. The latter has involved a fair amount of historical research which is always enjoyable.
Whilst not considering issues of adverse possession and the priority of competing leasehold interests, Simon Allison has been unravelling the many wonderous ways in which the Right to Manage system is flawed.
James Hall has been advising on what, if anything, can be done to rescue the position when the deadline for issuing a claim for a new business tenancy has passed, as well as the usual property-related prof neg cases.
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC has been busying herself with unconscionable bargains, unreasonable refusals of consent and quia timet injunctive relief to protect likely trespassers from themselves.
April saw Andy Creer mediating on a boundary dispute, seeking injunctive relief following an alleged unlawful forfeiture of a commercial underlease and reading research from Swansea University on treatment methods for Japanese Knotweed.
It has been an interesting month for Alastair Redpath-Stevens with issues as diverse as the possible trespass by one flat owner’s built-in wardrobes on their neighbouring owner’s living room, easements of support in relation to a block of tumbledown garages, and defending an application for specific performance of an option to purchase.
Jamal Demachkie has spent April arguing for forfeiture of one commercial lease, and relief from forfeiture in another commercial lease (thankfully in front of different judges). He has also gone part heard in a messy adverse possession claim, relying on the old 1925 Act rules for unregistered land.
April has seen Clare Anslow continue with a secondment to a Housing Association where she has been advising on a wide range of property disputes including general housing issues, parking easements, rights of way and major works projects. Alongside this, Clare has continued to tick off visiting new County Courts around the country, with Plymouth winning the prize for longest journey in April.
Rupert Higgins has been advising on the interpretation of a structural alterations covenant for a tenant who wants to ‘knock through’.
A flurry of enfranchisement and right of first refusal issues this month for Andrew Skelly – advising on s.5 notices for a large residential complex, a trial over the validity of a s.13 notice, and advising on a variety of other similar matters.
Lina Mattsson has been doing her victory dance after her and Lesley Anderson QC’s win in the High Court (see Did You Miss below). She has also been advising on recoverability of service charges for major works, boundary disputes and the right to forfeit.
Cameron Stocks’s April began with a wave of forfeiture claims ranging from flats in Central London to pubs in Margate. The remainder of April largely centred around TOLATA disputes including advising on a dispute involving the transfer of a property between unrelated parties with identical names, including middle names.
Daniel Gatty has been dealing with a clash between money laundering regulations and a mortgagee’s equity of redemption as well as trusts of land, prescriptive rights to park and the usual miscellaneous L & T issues.
And finally, John de Waal QC has been dealing with a lease renewal of an Airfield which included a site view from a helicopter, which the Judge enjoyed.