Activity Report – What we have been up to and what we'll be getting up to over the coming month
It’s been an easement-heavy month for Jamal Demachkie. As well as taking part in a #HardwickeBrew on rights of way, he has been working on disputes involving agricultural rights of access, gas pipelines and prescriptive rights to access a roof.
Andrew Skelly has also had a month of easements, including claims by a number of householders for declarations and injunctions in relation to express and prescriptive rights of way over a car park in Cornwall; a claim to a prescriptive right of way over a ransom strip; a matter involving excessive use of a right of way over an access road, and unilateral enlargement; and a claimed right of way over a neighbour’s driveway.
Cameron Stocks has spent the month dealing with restitutionary claims for overpaid rent, possession proceedings against beneficiaries of an estate, partnership disputes over a farming estate and summary judgment to restore a registered owner to the title register following a fraudulent adverse possession application. Cameron is looking forward to a break over the bank holiday and the chance to finally see some family members after 10 months apart!
Laura Tweedy had a busy month culminating in an unsuccessful 18-hour mediation… on a Friday night. Things have changed! Breaches of lease, rights of way, easements and anti-social behaviour have been filling her working hours. She’s happy to have finally got “up north” to visit her family and looks forward to her first ever trip to Cornwall!
Charlotte John has been busy being led by Brie Stevens-Hoare KC in a trial which ranged over issues including proprietary estoppel, rights of occupation, disputed chattels (not quite the kitchen sink, but including a baby grand piano) and which proceeded as a hybrid trial across two different hearing centres in Leeds and London and a mix of remote and live witnesses. To her list of interesting snippets about country life gleaned from proprietary estoppel cases and listening to The Archers, Charlotte is pleased to be able to add slapping the hand as the traditional method of sealing the deal on a horse.
Peter Petts has been advising on forfeiture issues including demands, limitation, waiver and relief.
Katrina Mather has had a paperwork-heavy month including advising in a resident company owned private road dispute where two neighbours have over the years cancelled the other neighbour’s shares in the company and removed them as directors without anyone knowing! She’s also been advising and assisting with drafting witness statements on a highly contentious TOLATA dispute.
John Clargo has done some good old–fashioned landlord and tenant work this month: alteration covenants (loft extension); commercial disrepair (water ingress); opposed business renewal (alternative accommodation). He has also been involved in the appointment of a (non-LPA) receiver in a multi-property trusts of land dispute, getting up to speed with the shorter trials scheme and presented a #HardwickeBrew on rights of way with John de Waal KC, Jamal Demachkie and David Peachey.
Daniel Gatty’s month has been full of variety: easements, landlord and tenant (mostly forfeiture), professional (conveyancing) negligence and mortgages have all featured.
Lina Mattsson has had back-to-back trial arguing about noise nuisance, peer-to-peer lending and forged tenancies. She is ready for her holiday at Center Parcs!