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Clare Anslow
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Clare accepts instructions in all areas of Hardwicke’s work with a particular focus on Property, Social Housing, Employment and Commercial matters. Clare has experience beyond her call of handling disputes and appearing before the different levels of court as well as tribunals.

Clare is a keen squash player and amateur boxer, although most of her exercise these days involves taking her Irish Setter, Aoife, for walks. She can often be found in her kitchen, experimenting with odd (and often unsuccessful) cooking techniques, although her recent attempt at molecular cocktails was a complete success.

Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Clare accepts instructions in all Commercial Landlord & Tenant matters, with a particular focus on forfeiture proceedings and 54 Act renewals:

  • Advising a small political party on their ability to resist possession and claim compensation under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 where the landlord has served notice on redevelopment grounds.
  • Acting for the landlord of a fish and chip shop in commercial forfeiture proceedings where the tenant had committed multiple breaches of the lease.

Housing (Social & Privately Rented)

Clare regularly appears on behalf of the Local Authority and Housing Associations in possession matters (including rent-arrears, anti-social behaviour and unlawful subletting) and has a particular interest in claims involving Human Rights and Equality Act 2010 issues. Clare has significant experience in defending disrepair matters and providing advice on the quantum of the alleged claim.

Prior to joining Hardwicke, Clare worked for a number of years at a London Law Centre where she advised clients on a wide range of social housing disputes including possession, anti-social behaviour and homelessness. As a duty adviser, she appeared in excess of 500 possession hearings, providing last-minute advice and representation, and covering the full spectrum of housing work.

Recent Work

  • Acting for trustees of a property where the deceased estranged son moved into the property without authorisation and caused ASB.
  • Secondment to the legal team of a large housing association where she advised on a wide range of social housing matters including rent reviews, ASBI’s and tenancy breaches.
  • Acting for a housing association in committal proceedings against an individual who kept breaching an ASBI.
  • Acting for a local authority in the Magistrates’ Court in relation to a private prosecution brought by a tenant under EPA 1990 alleging statutory nuisance.
  • Drafting and advising local authorities, housing trusts and tenants in relation to disrepair.
  • Advising, drafting and appearing in possession proceedings and warrant hearings on behalf of local authorities and housing associations.
  • Acting for tenants in a one-day trail in a tenancy deposit matter (Housing Act 2004) where they were awarded 3x the deposit for the landlord’s failure to protect.
  • Advising a property owner on the validity of a tenancy agreement and how to obtain vacant possession in circumstances where the managing agents had mistakenly named the wrong landlord in the tenancy agreement.

Leasehold & Leasehold Management

Clare regularly appears in hearings and trials in both the County Court and First Tier Tribunal (Residential Property) in relation to a wide variety of leasehold matters.

Recent Work

  • Advising on the correct interpretation of a ‘user’ clause in a lease, where the landlord claimed the Property must be used as mixed residential/ commercial.
  • Advising on the correct apportionment under a Lease for the calculation of service charges.
  • Representing a freeholder at the FTT in response to numerous statutory challenges raised by the Leaseholder.
  • Advising a management company as to the reasonableness of service and administration charges and the tactics for avoiding litigation.

Real Property & Mortgages

Clare accepts instructions in matters concerning adverse possession, trespass, boundaries, land development, easements and nuisance.

Recent Work

  • Representing a property owner in the High Court where his neighbours were seeking a declaration as to the interpretation of restrictive covenants.
  • Advising a leaseholder with relation to the freeholder’s derogation from an express grant of a right to park.

Commercial Litigation

Clare acts in a range of commercial disputes and understands the need for a pragmatic and cost effective approach in approaching litigation.

Recent work

  • Advising a consumer with regards to his rights to return a luxury car that was not fit for purpose under the Consumer Credit Act.
  • Representing a building contractor in a breach of contract claim brought by seasonal workers.
  • Representing a credit card company in a claim under s75 of the Consumer Credit Act.
  • Representing a department store in debt recovery proceedings.

Employment & Executive Disputes

Clare accepts instructions on the full range of employment disputes including unfair dismissal claims (including redundancy dismissals), discrimination claims, unpaid wages claims and TUPE, representing both employers and employees.

Recent Work

  • Successfully representing an employer in a three day unfair redundancy dismissal claim where the employee alleged that the employer had failed to offer suitable alternative employment.
  • Acting pro bono for a Calais based charity where a former volunteer made a claim for unfair dismissal.
  • Drafting Grounds of Claim and Grounds of Resistance for both employees and employers.
  • Negotiating settlement and redundancy agreements on behalf of employees.
  • Advising a care home worker in a claim for unfair dismissal and unpaid wages.
  • Advising an employee on a pregnancy related sex-discrimination claim.

Professional associations

  • Property Bar Association
  • Social Housing Law Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Chancery Bar Association

Qualifications

  • BPTC (2011)
  • GDL (2010)
  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy (2009 – Durham University)
  • Sir Thomas More Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
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