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Byroni Kleopa

Year of call: 2017

Byroni Kleopa
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Byroni specialises in all areas of Property and Planning Law. Byroni frequently acts in areas where her specialisms overlap. She has developed a strong advisory practice and frequently appears as sole counsel in the County Court and First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in complex service charge cases. She acts for both commercial and residential landlords and tenants and large property investors.

Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Byroni accepts instructions to act in all types of commercial landlord and tenant disputes. She has experience of advising both landlords and tenants specifically in disputes involving 1954 Act lease renewals, dilapidations, forfeiture and relief from forfeiture.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising a large property investor in relation to dilapidations claim.
  • Drafting statements of case in relation to dilapidations claimsByroni accepts instructions to act in all types of commercial landlord and tenant disputes. She has experience of advising both landlords and tenants specifically in disputes involving, breach of covenant, forfeiture, 1954 Act business lease renewals, possession, disrepair and dilapidations..
  • Advising on the validity of break notices
  • Advising on the validity of a service charge provision.

Leasehold & Leasehold Management

Byroni is experienced in dealing with all areas of leasehold matters. She regularly appears in the County Court and First-Tier Tribunal in relation to service charge disputes, specifically the claims for the recovery of service charges and section 27A LTA 1985 applications. Byroni is experienced in acting for corporate and individual lessors, lessees and management companies.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising on the incorporation of a service charge provision into a new lease.
  • Advising on the validity of a service charge provision.
  • Advising on quantum in a disrepair claim.
  • Drafting Particulars of Claim for dilapidations of a commercial building.
  • Advising as to the validity of a claim notice in a right to manage claim and the meaning of “inaccuracy” under section 81 of the CLRA 2002
  • Advising on HMO requirements and additional licensing
  • Acting in a one-day trial, representing an RTM concerning the validity of a loan made to the service charge account.
  • Acting in a one-day trial, representing an individual lessor on the existence of an oral variation agreement to a lease.
  • Acting in one-day trial representing an RTM company concerning te validit of a loan made to the service charge account
  • Acting in a multi-day trial representing a corporate lessor in relation to the recoverability of service charges and administration charges.
  • Acting in a one-day trial representing a corporate lessor in relation to the recoverability of a major works contribution.

Real Property & Mortgages

Byroni has experience in all types of real property cases including advising on restrictive covenants and easements, adverse possession and boundary disputes. Byroni frequently appears on behalf of mortgagors in applications for Interim and Final Charging Orders as well as Orders for Sale as well as appearing for mortgagees in relation to section 36 AJA 1970 applications.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising on the chances of success of a claim for a right to light by prescription.
  • Advising on the validity and enforceability of a restrictive covenant in relation to the existence of a building scheme.

Development & Planning

Byroni accepts instructions in all areas of Planning Law. Byroni has experience in drafting statements of case in relation to appeals to the Planning Inspectorate and grounds of appeal to the High Court.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising in relation to permitted development.
  • Advising in relation to an appeal of an Enforcement Notice pursuant to section 174 of the TCPA 1990.
  • Advising as to the success of an appeal to the High Court by way of judicial review of a Planning Inspector’s decision.
  • Advising on the effect of a tree preservation order.

Trusts of Land

Byroni accepts instructions in relation to TOLATA claims.  She has experience in co-ownership disputes and appreciates the delicate issues that these types of claims can produce.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising in a complicated multi-party dispute concerning a beneficial joint tenant severing his share by assignment and the effect of Williams v Hensman 70 E.R. 862 (see related article).
  • Advising on the enforceability of a loan and effect of a charging order on a beneficial joint tenancy.

Qualifications

Law LLB, First Class (University of Reading)

BPTC, Very Competent (University of Law)

Provost’s Award for Excellence (University of Law)

Jules Thorne Scholarship (Middle Temple)

Access to the Bar Award (Middle Temple)

Professional Associations

  • Property Bar Association
  • PLA Contributing Author
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
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