Activity Report – What we have been up to and what we'll be getting up to over the coming month
John Clargo has been tending towards competence on a variety of video-conferencing applications, all of which work well. He awaits with interest HMCTS’s inevitable adoption of a single standard one, which won’t. Aside from that, easements, easements, misrep, easements. And a pinch of rent review.
As well as taking part in his first #HardwickeBrew, Jamal Demachkie has been getting used to the new normal by learning all about tide-levels in a nuisance claim, and arguing about addresses for service when commercial business are in lockdown.
Daniel Gatty’s time at home has mostly been spent on rectification of leases, conveyancing negligence claims, easements and mortgages.
James Hall has been grappling with several remote hearings: including issues over e-bundles and a prolifically communicative litigant in person allegedly having no access to a phone to be able to join such a hearing.
Katrina Mather has had some interesting Covid related instructions including advising on terms of the New Look CVA which she’s been combining with her usual diet of boundary determinations, agility training with her dogs and service charge disputes!
Lina Mattsson has had a month of terminal dilapidations, landlords unreasonably withholding consent for assignments and advising borrowers on how to stop a mortgagee appointing receivers. She has also celebrated yet another birthday. They seem to come around very quickly!
In addition to drinking coffee during the various “brews”, Monty Palfrey has been busy advising on the effect on a terminal dilapidations claim of a tenant going into Administration shortly after vacating the property, ownership of a car park and the recovery of estate charges following the enfranchisement of a house in Docklands whilst successfully resolving a two-day cost argument by Skype in 54 Act renewal case following a consented preliminary issue.
Andrew Skelly has been enjoying redecorating his study, installing a new desk and three new screens, getting ready for the expected avalanche of remote hearings. So far: exactly one – an arbitration. Or two, if you count the procedural hearing. At least the view out of his study windows has been fabulous, with the glorious weather we have had. Now just dreaming of the summer holidays that look increasingly unlikely.
When not discussing rights to light, Cameron Stocks has spent the last month advising on acrimonious boundary disputes, considering whether a failure to sever a joint tenancy prior to death amounts to professional negligence and most importantly training a new puppy not to be scared of everything that moves.
John de Waal QC has been struggling with Expert Determinations – easy to agree, difficult to unwind. There is also an article on the website by Andy Creer and Catherine Piercy.