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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 with a particular focus on claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and property related probate matters.

Recent Work:

  • 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.
  • Appeared in the High Court to defend a claim to propound a will on the basis that a will was obtained by undue influence at a time when the deceased was believed to lack testamentary capacity.  Now listed for a two-day trial by Master.
  • 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.
  • Advising on the likely quantum of a claim brought by a spouse who had been estranged from the deceased for a number of years prior to death.
  • 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.
  • Advising executors regarding a threatened claim concerning the capacity of the deceased who amended her will shortly before death, substantially reducing her children’s expected inheritance.

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 an overseas client as to the authenticity of a notice of severance following the death of her former husband.
  • Acting for a cohabitee in a dispute concerning the sale of a jointly owned property 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.

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.

Recent Work:

  • Being 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.
  • 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, subletting and succession.

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 one-day trial in Oxford CC 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drafting and advising local authorities, housing trusts and tenants in relation to disrepair.
  • Advising, drafting and appearing in countless possession proceedings on behalf of local authorities and dealing with Equality Act and proportionality defences.

Leasehold & Leasehold Management

Cameron has a busy leasehold practice, appearing frequently in the County Courts and First-Tier Tribunal.

Recent Work:

  • Acting for landlords and management companies in claims for the recovery of service charge, ground rent and administration charges and subsequent forfeiture proceedings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • Acting for multiple 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.

In addition to this work, Cameron has also spent time seconded to a regional firm to assist in their property team working on a range of transactions including:

  • A s106 Planning Agreement relating to a new development of residential units;
  • A multi-million-pound overage agreement between a private landowner and the Highways Agency;
  • Various bespoke leases of commercial and residential premises across the South-East;
  • A joint venture agreement between individuals investing in a residential property development; and
  • An option agreement for the purchase of farmland for use as a residential development.

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.

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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