AREAS OF PRACTICE
Exclusively Chancery and Commercial litigation, particularly:
Trusts, Wills, Probate & Administration of Estates
- Construction of wills and trusts, contentious probate, administration actions and "Beddoe" applications.
- Inheritance Act 1975 applications for and against all classes of applicant.
- Ranked in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide – Band 1
- Ranked in Chambers and Partners (Chancery – Northern (Bar)) – Band 1
- Legal 500 – Regional Bar – Chancery, Probate & Tax – Band 1
- Ranked in Chambers and Partners (Partnership – Northern (Bar)) – Band 1
- Including restrictive covenants, boundary disputes, easements, adverse possession and co-ownership (constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims, applications to court for orders for sale).
- Ranked in Chambers and Partners (Real Estate Litigation – Northern (Bar)) - Band 2
Landlord & Tenant
- Including disrepair, possession claims, forfeiture and Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 applications.
- Legal 500 – Regional Bar – Commercial Litigation – Band 1
- Ranked in Chambers and Partners (Commercial Dispute Resolution – Northern (Bar)) – Band 2)
- Solicitors (especially in connection with misconduct of conveyancing and litigation), accountants and surveyors.
- Goodwin v. Avison  EWHC 2356 (Ch.) – costs – contentious probate claim
- KSH Farm Ltd v. KSH Plant Ltd.  EWHC 1986 (Ch.) – commercial contract dispute – allegations of duress and undue influence
- Haandrikman v. Heslam  UKUT 56 (LC) – adverse possession – fencing – grazing – registered land – squatters – transfer of title
- UK Learning Academy Ltd. v. Secretary of State for Education  EWHC 2915 (Comm) – 13-day trial in the Circuit Commercial Court in Leeds - contract terms – educational institutions – formalities – variation
- Perry v. Neupert (Ch D - John Martin, KC) 19.7.18 LTL - Administration of Justice Act 1985, s.50 - application to remove a personal representative - joinder
- Perry v. Neupert  EWHC 1788 (Ch) - Administration of Justice Act 1985, s.50 - application to remove a personal representative - successful appeal against summary judgment
- Burns v. Burns  EWCA Civ 37 - validity of wills - testamentary capacity - knowledge & approval - mentally impaired testatrix
- Anselm v. Buckle  EWCA Civ 311 - landlord and tenant - damages
- JJ Metcalfe Ltd. v. Dennison (LTL 6.12.13 HHJ Raynor, KC, Technology & Construction Court) - civil procedure - construction law
- Re St Michael and All Angels, Isel (October 2010, Ecclesiastical Law Journal, Vol. 13, No. 2, p.248) right of way - consecrated land - easements - interested person - standing
- Re Pearce, Decd  2 FLR 705 - Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 - claim by adult child - appeal to Court of Appeal
Examples of Other Work
- Confidential Arbitration – professional partnership dissolution dispute
- Indian Workers Association, Bradford - litigation concerning ownerships of club premises – unincorporated association - constitutional dispute
- O'Neill v. Holland - dispute between former cohabitees over a valuable portfolio of investment properties
- Donohoe v. Bannister - proprietary estoppel claim to ownership of the site of stables
- Successful family provision claim for adult children of an abusive parent - won at trial (Simpson Decd, unreported)
- Successful defence at trial of the validity of a challenged will - issues of capacity, undue influence, knowledge and approval - associated partnership issues (Bainbridge v. Hebson, unreported, Chancery Division, Manchester, HHJ Pelling, KC)
- Simpson v. Ridley - 5-day trial - prescriptive claim to a right of way to taxi aircraft
- Preliminary issue in ancillary relief proceedings - issues as to ownership of valuable farms and partnership property - successfully concluded in favour of client wife
- Sale of goods - claim concerning the quality of breeze blocks used in the construction of 22 homes - TCC Leeds
- Professional negligence - solicitors - conveyancing - claim in the High Court concerning the purchase of a home in West Cumbria with numerous title defects
- Bankruptcy - offshore trust - litigation concerning efficacy of a charging order”
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