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Cameron Stocks
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The advice which Cameron provides both in writing and in person, is second to none.

Client

Cameron is down to earth which always appeals to clients and it is a pleasure to work with him.

Client

Cameron will always advise without fuss and in such a way which is accessible to my client.

Client

Cameron specialises in property, social housing and private client matters with particular expertise in landlord and tenant and contentious probate.

Cameron has a busy advisory practice and frequently appears in the High Court and County Courts in trials and applications and the First-Tier Tribunal dealing with service charge and land registration matters. In addition to court, Cameron has a budding ADR practice and is regularly instructed to represent clients at mediation and other forms of ADR.

Away from chambers, Cameron is an active conservationist with a particular interest in elephant conservation and he currently serves as an executive board member of  Save the Asian Elephants.  Cameron is also very involved in FreeBar an LGBT+ organisation established by Hardwicke along with other leading chambers which aims to promote diversity and inclusivity of LGBT+ members and staff at the Bar.

 

Contentious Probate & Inheritance Act Claims

Cameron is regularly instructed to advise on issues relating to wills and disputes arising from the administration of estates and has amassed considerable experience acting in claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and property related probate matters.

Recent Work:

  • Advising and acting to obtain a Re Yorke order for the estate of a former Lloyd’s underwriter.
  • Successfully acting in a 4-day 1975 Act trial in Central London County Court concerning the meaning of maintenance and the burden of an award between beneficiaries of an estate with differing means.
  • Advising as to the validity of a will including ‘no contest’ provisions and the succession and termination of an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy.
  • Assisted Brie Stevens-Hoare QC in relation to a 1975 Act claim brought by a child of the deceased who was claiming a need to reside in a specific property for medical reasons.
  • Appearing in the High Court to challenge the validity of a will on the basis of want of knowledge and approval and lack of due execution following suspicious circumstances and financial abuse.
  • Successfully appeared before a Probate Registrar in an application for the passing over of an executor who had failed to administer an estate within a reasonable period of time.
  • Advising in relation to an Inheritance Act claim brought by adult children with severe disabilities in circumstances where other beneficiaries were in need of financial provision.
  • Acting for an executor seeking Beddoe relief in relation to a dispute over the execution of declarations of trust over a deceased’s property.
  • Advising on and appearing in a successful mediation relating to the eligibility of a cohabitee in circumstances where the deceased was married at the time of death and had been maintaining a separate postal address.

Trusts including TOLATA

Cameron has a growing practice in trusts with a particular focus on the crossover between property and probate disputes and TOLATA claims.

Recent Work:

  • Advising on the constitution of an express trust and the rectification of ineffective transfers of property into the trust.
  • Acting for executors of an estate in relation to allegations of breach of trust and financial mismanagement of a trust.
  • Advising an overseas client as to the authenticity of a notice of severance following the death of her former husband.
  • Successfully acting for a cohabitee in a two-day multi-track trial in Reading County Court concerning a jointly owned property and equitable accounting spanning 25 years.
  • Acting for a lessee in a claim pursuant to s14 TOLATA for an order compelling an obstructive landlord to sign transfer documents to allow the sale of a property
  • Obtaining an order removing a trustee pursuant to the court’s inherent jurisdiction to obtain vacant possession and carry out remedial works to a dilapidated trust property.
  • Obtaining a limited CRO and injunction to restrain alterations against a vexatious litigant in person defendant in proceedings concerning a jointly owned property. The matter is listed for a two-day trial in Central London County Court.

Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Cameron acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial property disputes which involves, amongst other things, dilapidations, breach of covenant, forfeiture and ’54 Act renewals.

In addition to his self-employed practice, Cameron was seconded to the property litigation team of a European law firm working on matters including rent reviews of New Bond Street properties and committals following the breach of injunctions against protestors.

Recent Work:

  • Led by John de Waal QC on a misrepresentation claim arising from the conveyance of a development site discovered to be subject to an adverse possession claim.
  • Acting in a claim concerning the scope of guarantors’ obligations in relation to a commercial lease following alterations to the demise and amenity of the property and defending a counterclaim for rectification on the basis of common mistake.
  • Advising a national builders’ merchant on the interpretation of a dilapidations clause and its liability in circumstances where it is believed the landlord intends to redevelop the land.
  • Advising on the application of the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 and the duty to obtain an EPC upon an intra-group transfer of properties.
  • Advising as to whether an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy forms a partnership asset in a dispute following the death of the former tenant.

Housing (Social & Privately Rented)

Cameron’s busy social housing practice encompasses various aspects of housing law. He is frequently instructed on behalf of Local Authorities in relation to possession proceedings for rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, disrepair, subletting and succession.

Cameron has also spent time seconded to a housing association, dealing with countless possession proceedings and advising in relation to leasehold disputes for the associations privately owned stock. Cameron regularly provides training to local authorities and housing associations on topics from unlawful subletting to duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Recent Work:

  • Acting for a tenant in possession proceedings for a tenancy alleged to have been obtained by deception following a conviction for social housing fraud.
  • Various trials concerning the Housing Act 2004 statutory protections for tenancy deposits including a multi-track trial in Oxford County Court at which he was successful in arguing that a statutory penalty pursuant to s214(4) was payable for 5 breaches under successive fixed term and statutory periodic tenancies.
  • Acting for a nurses’ charity in the eviction of a tenant who had been unlawfully subletting a property through Airbnb.
  • Successfully advising and acting for a homelessness charity as to the status of licensees causing ASB.
  • Acting for a local authority in a claim for an unlawful profits order pursuant to s5 Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 to recover profits made from subletting social housing.
  • Acting for a housing trust in an application for an ASBI against a tenant who was voluntarily admitted to a recovery centre after attempting to wire gas cylinders to the mains electric supply of his property and dealing with alleged breaches of Equality Act 2010.
  • Appearing on behalf of a landlord in an unlawful eviction claim concerning whether the leaving of keys under a doormat is sufficient to act as an implied surrender of a tenancy if accepted by a landlord.
  • Represented a Housing Authority in the Court of Protection concerning decisions as to the housing of a severely disabled individual following their release from hospital.
  • Acting for both landlords and tenants in private prosecutions for statutory nuisance in the Magistrates’ Court under EPA 1990.
  • Appearing on behalf of a local authority in Central London CC in an appeal against a possession order in relation to the scope of s89 Housing Act 1980.

Leasehold & Leasehold Management

Cameron has a busy leasehold practice, appearing frequently in the County Courts and First-Tier Tribunal on behalf of landlords and management companies in claims for the recovery of service charge, ground rent and administration charges and subsequent forfeiture proceedings.

Recent Work:

  • Successfully acting in a multi-day trial in the First-tier Tribunal concerning service charges over an estate in Birmingham.
  • Acting for a national bank intervening in forfeiture proceedings to obtain relief from forfeiture as a result of unauthorised alterations to a property.
  • Advising a local authority as to the recoverability of major works service charges for roofing works to a street of properties in south-west London.
  • Appearing on behalf of a freehold company in a three-day trial in Bromley County Court concerning a dispute with a former leaseholder as to allegations of misrepresentation and breach of covenant for alleged disrepair and remedial works.
  • Acting for an RTM in a dispute with a former director withholding service charges and counterclaiming for alleged extensive disrepair from damp to a leasehold property.

Real Property & Mortgages

Cameron deals with all areas of real property including easements, restrictive covenants, adverse possession, mortgages and boundary disputes.

In addition to his self-employed work, Cameron has spent time seconded to a regional firm to assist in the property team working on a range of transactions including a s106 Planning Agreement relating to a new development of residential units and a multi-million-pound overage agreement between a private landowner and the Highways Agency.

Cameron was also seconded to the property litigation team of a European law firm, acting in countless mortgage possession proceedings and advising on damages for trespass following damage caused to a marina by unauthorised pipework.

Recent Work:

  • Advising a long-leaseholder as to their ability to carry out development works to a property subject to a letting scheme.
  • Acting for a landowner in injunctive proceedings brought against a neighbour who erected fencing around and parked vans against the doors to their property whilst on holiday.
  • Advising and acting for a housing association in relation to equity loans provided to purchase shared ownership properties in circumstances where the purchasers failed to execute charges securing the debt owed.
  • Acting for national banks in mortgage possession proceedings dealing with allegations of fraud, misrepresentation and PPI.
  • Advising a farm owner as to the obligations of a railway company to maintain accommodation works pursuant to s68 Railways Clauses Consolidation Act 1845.
  • Acting for a joint long-leaseholder/freeholder in a dispute concerning water leaks from a top-floor flat into the lower flats.

Trusts of Land

Cameron’s property and private client expertise makes him ideally suited to handle TOLATA claims.

Recent Work:

  • Acting for a lessee in a claim pursuant to s14 TOLATA for an order compelling an obstructive landlord to sign transfer documents to allow the sale of a property.
  • Obtaining an order removing a trustee pursuant to the court’s inherent jurisdiction to obtain vacant possession and carry out remedial works to a dilapidated trust property.
  • Successfully acting for a cohabitee in a two-day multi-track trial in Reading County Court concerning a jointly owned property and equitable accounting spanning 25 years.
  • Obtaining a limited CRO and injunction to restrain alterations against a vexatious litigant in person defendant in proceedings concerning a jointly owned property. The matter is listed for a two-day trial in Central London County Court.

Professional Associations

  • Property Bar Association
  • Social Housing Law Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • Contentious Trusts Association
  • Lexis PSL Contributing Author – Property and Social Housing
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

Qualifications

  • LLB Hons, 1st Class (Durham University, St Mary’s College)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding (Northumbria University, Newcastle)
  • Major Exhibition Award BPTC, Inner Temple
  • Dean’s Award, Northumbria University

CSR

Cameron is committed to improving equality and diversity at the Bar and is one of the founding members of FreeBar, an LGBT+ organisation established by Hardwicke along with other leading chambers which aims to promote diversity and inclusivity of LGBT+ members and staff at the Bar. In addition to this, Cameron regularly attends events held by Stonewall and Freehold, the networking forum for LGBT+ members of the real estate sector.

Cameron is heavily involved in Chambers’ CSR activities and assists with the Through the Looking Glass programme, Tower Hamlets Education & Business Partnership and LLST events. In addition to this, Cameron regularly contributes to events and publications for those seeking to join the profession including a recent ‘how to make it as a barrister’ event held by Legal Cheek and various webinars for Thomson Reuters.

Cameron is also a committed member of the Bar Pro Bono Unit and has taken on a number of pro bono matters since joining chambers.

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