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How much experience do you have in this area?

I qualified as a barrister in 2006 and have specialised in commercial and property and estates law since qualifying.

How would you describe your approach to working with clients?

I’m very personable and friendly and will always be honest and upfront.

What are your specialist areas of expertise

I am a property, commercial and sports law barrister and I am the Deputy Head of 3PB Property and Estates Group. I have considerable experience of appearing in court, advising and drafting legal documentation in cases in the High Court, County Court and various tribunals.  I also advise and act in cases at mediation. 

My property work involves property litigation (claims relating to property, property ownership, land and rights affecting land) and landlord and tenant disputes. 

My commercial work mainly involves contractual disputes between companies and insolvency matters. 

I am also developing a sports law practice.

Legal Expertise

I represent individuals and commercial clients in a wide range of property disputes.

My property practice encompasses real property (claims relating to areas of land and rights affecting land) and landlord and tenant disputes.  I provide my services acting in court, advising on disputes or potential court claims or drafting court documentation.

My real property work includes matters relating to:

  • Disputes about boundaries (such as the location of walls and fences), often involving allegations of trespass and nuisance
  • Claims to have acquired ownership of land by way of adverse possession
  • Issues involving covenants affecting land
  • Interference with easements (such as rights of way and rights of light)
  • Claims to have acquired easements by way of prescription.

My landlord and tenant work includes claims about:

  • Claims by residential landlords to recover possession of their rented properties
  • Defences by residential tenants who believe that their landlords have not acted properly or not entitled to regain possession
  • Forfeiture action (whether by re-entry or by issuing court proceedings) taken by commercial landlords, or defences to such claims by commercial tenants
  • The renewal of commercial leases, by landlords or tenants.

Along with substantial trial experience, I have experience of interim remedy applications, including those required at very short notice where a party, often a commercial landlord or tenant, may be seeking to obtain an urgent court order very quickly.

Along with my court work, I work hard with my clients to utilise alternative dispute resolution options including, in particular, formal mediations and settlement meetings, and to avoid litigation progressing to determination at trial wherever possible. Given the nature of this work, I’m experienced in acting in matters against litigations in person (i.e. people who are not represented by lawyers).

In addition to my real property and landlord and tenant work, I have experience of acting for utility companies in relation to warrants of entry in residential, commercial and agricultural land under the Electricity Act 1989 and the Rights of Entry (Gas and Electricity Boards) Act 1989.

My work in commercial law is primarily based in contractual disputes and insolvency matters.

My contractual work involves acting for individuals, companies or company directors in relation to claims been made by or against them.  I often act for companies seeking to obtain payment of unpaid invoices or customers (both companies and individuals) who do not believe that invoices have been properly issued or have not been issued for the correct amount of money.

In bankruptcy and insolvency matters, I act for both creditors and debtors and have experience of setting aside statutory demands and restraining advertisement of winding-up petitions. I also act for companies or individuals in contract-related disputes.

Recent cases include advising upon the exercise and enforcement of a lien in relation to an insolvent company and representing siblings and executors in a claim against another sibling for alleged wrongful acquisition of their late-mother’s money, involving allegations of civil fraud and undue influence.

I have particular skill and experience in addressing regulatory disputes and analysis of rules and regulations made by public bodies.

I am beginning to develop a practice in sports law and I am very happy to provide my advice and advocacy services to individuals and sports teams and clubs in relation to disciplinary and regulatory matters. 

I’m also experienced in court disputes in the sporting context, having:

  • Acted for a golf club in relation to a nuisance claim brought by a neighbouring landowner based upon straying golf balls
  • Advised a national association upon issues relating to the effect of disability discrimination law on golf clubs, including the different considerations relevant to proprietary clubs and private members’ clubs. 

I am both a follower and participant in a range of sports enjoying cycling and playing golf and cricket and watching most sports including, in particular, cricket, rugby and horse racing.

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