Steven Woolf’s green credentials were at the fore. In addition to protecting the Green Belt from unlawful occupation, he recovered possession of a Golf Course and prevented vehicular use of a right of way on farming land. This month he is instructed by a number of local authorities trying to preserve the power to obtain Green Space Injunctions against Persons Unknown.
John de Waal QC has been drafting some submissions for a hearing in the Court of Appeal in the Bahamas (made all the more interesting by the fact that there is no equivalent of our LPA 1925 in the Bahamas).
Laura Tweedy is enjoying her return to work. Certainly a welcome distraction from lockdown. She’s been considering possession cases, service charges and rent repayment orders.
We are surprised to learn that Brie Stevens-Hoare QC has discovered during recent lockdowns that she enjoys cycling and has spent some quiet days over the break doing just that. Her January has been full on so far, focusing on contractual termination of a sale contract, relief from forfeiture and various trust issues.
Cameron Stocks has been busy with all things trusts of land related, obtaining an order for sale in the High Court of a property owned by a struck off Seychelles company (sadly no travel involved!) and he is currently trying to get to grips with the newly mandated scheme by the South Eastern circuit which requires pre-trial settlement hearings for all multi-track trials.
When not sitting-in at the Crown Court, as part of his preparation to start sitting as a Recorder, Andrew Skelly has been obtaining a Management Order for a high-end block of flats, and seeking an injunction preventing a landlord from carrying out works to a property until it had ensured they were Covid aware.
Monty Palfrey had a busy end to the year including getting on Christmas Eve a “without notice” mandatory order from the High Court for the removed of various items by 8am on 28th December 2020.
Lina Mattsson started the year by finally bringing to an end (fingers crossed!) a boundary dispute she successfully had struck out as an abuse of the court process in 2018. There were civil restraint orders involved. She has also been advising on numerous claims for prescriptive rights of various nature and a landlord’s ability to rely on an offer of “alternative accommodation” to restrict a claim for a new lease under the 1954 Act.
James Hall has been grappling with the apparently straightforward principles of sales by mortgagees in possession and removal of superfluous third party restrictions versus the practical realities of convincing purchasers and the Land Registry that a clean title should result!
After a relaxing Christmas break, Jamal Demachkie has had a busy start to the year with back-to-back trials on dilapidations and 1954 Act renewals, intermixed with a couple of CCMCs.
At the time of writing, John Clargo is part way through a seven-day High Court trial seeking specific performance and damages in relation to sports club premises in south west London. Consequently, he hasn’t had time for anything else this year. His lockdown puppy project (answers to name of Archie) was completed successfully shortly before Christmas; but turns out to have been terribly timed (see previous two sentences).