Rachel acted for a client who had entrusted his prestige car to the Director of a company purporting to specialise in car sales. The agreement had been an oral one and so there was very little documentation to substantiate what Rachel’s client said had been agreed. Rachel’s client had not received the money due to … Continue reading
Rachel was instructed to represent the Claimant in a travel sickness claim against one of the UK’s largest tour operators. The matter had been listed for a full day’s fast track hearing, and the parties had been ordered to prepare skeleton arguments in readiness. Rachel’s thorough and persuasive skeleton argument was provided to the Defendant … Continue reading
Lavinia represented the Defendant in a small claims road traffic accident. Whilst the circumstances of the accident are unremarkable, an interesting point arose as to the credit hire claim. The Claimant had signed an agreement with the credit hire company whereby it was agreed that, if she took out a credit hire agreement with them, … Continue reading
Dean represented the Defendant company in a claim brought by an ex-employee in respect of an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act. The Claimant sought considerable damages arising from the alleged distress caused as a result. Dean conducted the trial and following judgment the court dismissed the claim, having found in favour of the … Continue reading
Rachel was instructed by a very large and well known international company defending claims which challenged its ability to terminate at its discretion contracts it had entered in to. Had the claims succeeded, the implications for Rachel’s client could have been very serious indeed. Default Judgment had been obtained in one claim and so Rachel … Continue reading
Rachel’s client had paid over £10,000 to a builder for work to be done on her property. Due to a breakdown in the working relationship the builder had left the site and taken his workmen with him, and Rachel’s client sought damages from the builder for work done either incorrectly or not at all. The … Continue reading
Sophie was instructed by a Claimant in a claim against a Defendant estate agent in a dispute arising out of unpaid invoices. The Claimant had provided software to the Defendant estate agent for approximately two years, which enabled the estate agent to manage properties on behalf of third-party landlords. Following two months of non-payment by … Continue reading
In this interesting case Rachel was instructed on behalf of a vulnerable Defendant with longstanding mental health difficulties who had been sued by an established nationwide Estate Agency company. The Claimant company’s claim was brought on the basis that the Defendant had entered into an agreement with the Estate Agency to sell her house and … Continue reading
Rachel was instructed to represent the Defendant in a multi-track claim arising out of the dissolution of a company previously run by the parties. Rachel represented her client at a lengthy application hearing, successfully opposing the Claimant’s attempts to persuade the Judge to force the Defendant to prepare and provide a Scott Schedule. Rachel’s instructing … Continue reading
Dean represented a building company in a contract dispute regarding the development of two houses on a piece of land. His client was a sub-contractor employed by a company to carry out various building works within the development. The work the client was required to carry out turned out to be far more significant than … Continue reading
Rachel acted for the trustees of a large and historic landed estate to recover money owed by a tenant who had given early surrender of their tenancy of an estate farmhouse. Although numerous payment plans had been agreed between the parties, the Defendant had defaulted on each one and claimed that the rent had been … Continue reading
Rachel acted for the Claimant company which was owed over £25,000 by the Debtor for unpaid nursing home fees. The company sought a Bankruptcy Order but the Debtor applied for an adjournment on the basis that he was close to finalising the terms of a re-mortgage and would shortly be in a position to use … Continue reading
Dean represented the Director of a company which had leased an Aston Martin DB9 under an unregulated lease purchase agreement. The vehicle had effectively been used as a company car for the Director, which he also used outside work, had registered in his own name, and to which he had applied a personalised number plate. … Continue reading
Rachel’s client, the Claimant, was a small business who had carried out work for a local property developer who had then refused to pay. The Defendant had not responded to any of the paperwork from the court or Rachel’s client, so judgment had been entered for the Claimant. The Defendant then made an application for … Continue reading
Sophie represented an Auction House in a contract dispute arising out of sales totalling around £13,000. The facts of the case involved an individual bidding on a number of lots at auction, subsequently failing to pay and then a factual dispute arising out of who was liable for the balance owing. Both the original bidder … Continue reading
John acted for a Defendant in a case in which the Claimant was attempting to make a claim whose value, taking into account costs, investigative work, and legal fees, spiralled, at its highest, to £20 million. This figure would, if awarded, bankrupt John’s client. The Defendant had been in practice as a high level … Continue reading
Rachel was instructed to defend a small family-run business in proceedings brought by another company. The claim for damages was £15,000 and the Defendant business had been advised by its solicitor that it would be held liable for breach of contract, and that damages of around £7,000 plus costs would be awarded at trial. Offers … Continue reading
John acted for a Defendant business in a claim for breach of contract and negligence following the death of the proprietor, in which the Claimant sought to claim against the business, which was the estate of the deceased. The Claimant, the spouse of the deceased, sought to argue that amounts of money had been left … Continue reading
John acted on behalf of a commercial leaseholder, acting in negotiations and representing his client in a number of directions hearings involving several leased properties that were allegedly falling into disrepair. This case was crucial for John’s client as losing one case was likely to lead to floodgate litigation, which would bankrupt the client. John … Continue reading
Dean was instructed in a claim against a national glazing company in a dispute over the construction of an orangery. Prior to engaging the glazing company, Dean’s clients had obtained planning permission for an extension to their property, which incorporated an orangery. When the glazing company provided a design which did not accord with the … Continue reading
Melanie acted for the Judgement Creditor in a complicated and long-running case involving a defective interim charging order, which was duly rectified and a final charging order granted. The Judgement Debtor duly made two applications – one for an adjournment/stay of the proceedings and another for the setting aside of the final charging order Melanie … Continue reading
Dean acted for a sub-contractor in a contractual dispute over analytical services provided to a commercial data centre service provider. The contractor disputed the amount of work that had been carried out by the sub-contractor, alleging that it did not owe any of the money claimed. On the day of trial Dean was able to … Continue reading
Dean was instructed by two clients to provide written advice and advise them in conference in respect of their intention to join an existing partnership. Dean was able to advise as to the nature and effect of the partnership agreement as well as the liabilities to which they would be subject.
Dean advised one of the intended shareholders and directors of a newly formed company in relation to its incorporation. The company operated in the field of website analysis. Dean was instructed to advise as to the implications and liabilities of such an endeavour as well as draft the Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and … Continue reading
Dean acted for a successful claimant in Detailed Assessment proceedings following a claim in which damages were awarded in excess of £200,000, the costs bill being originally drafted for a sum of just over £140,000. The case involved disputes as to (i) the amount of costs to be awarded, (ii) the enforceability of the CFA … Continue reading
John successfully represented a commercial client in resisting the Defendant’s application for strike out on the grounds of limitation. Although the Defendant had a strong argument that his client was statute-barred from bringing a case outside of the 6 year limitation, John’s knowledge of commercial law meant that he was able to resist the application. … Continue reading
John acted on behalf of a borrower in a loan dispute against a major High Street bank. Despite the borrower’s loan account having being closed some years earlier and the limitation period having expired, the lender sought to recover the full amount. This case involved John’s detailed expertise and prolonged arguments on historical case law, … Continue reading
Dean represented a client in a dispute with his previous business partners for recovery of his share of the business, being in excess of £60,000. The proceedings resulted in Judgment for the full amount claimed, including interest, being awarded to the client.
Dean acted for a car sales business that had purchased a car which was subsequently shown to have been stolen from the original owner. As a matter of law the seller of the vehicle could not pass good title to the client, despite not knowing that the vehicle was stolen, and therefore the car was … Continue reading
Dean advised a property developer as to its potential liability of commission payable to a marketing agent, and ways to minimise it, in respect of 32 properties placed for sale. Such advice enabled the developer to avoid paying any commission to the agent.
Dean acted for a developer in respect of a dispute with an electrician sub-contractor engaged by the developer on a project involving the refurbishment of four properties. The developer sought damages in excess of £25,000 owing to the electrician having failed to carry out the contracted work satisfactorily. The proceedings were settled on favourable terms … Continue reading
Dean acted for a company with assets in excess of £2 million in respect of an application for an injunction preventing building works being carried out on its premises that would affect the company’s ability to carry on its business. The application resulted in an agreement being reached between the parties such that the company … Continue reading
Ronald successfully represented a care home at first instance and on appeal. The case involved a contractual action where a care home client died following admission to hospital and the executor of the estate refused to pay the outstanding fees, on the basis that the care provided was in breach of the standards set by … Continue reading
Melanie successfully acted in a contractual dispute involving rectification and compensation, advising and representing the Defendant.
Melanie acted for a home owner following negligent works carried out to their property, and again was successful in securing an appropriate damages award.
Melanie represented a builder in a dispute for unpaid bills against a landlord, and successfully secured judgment in her client’s favour.
Sophie successfully negotiated and settled a high-value contract dispute between two large local waste-tipping firms, avoiding the need for a full trial and the associated costs.
Melanie successfully represented a Defendant company regulated by the FSA whereby the Court set aside default judgement on the grounds of abuse of process.
Melanie was Counsel representing the Respondents in Kent in a major, high-profile case relating to banking charges on unauthorised overdrafts. This national case, which hit the headlines for some considerable length of time, resulted in the law relating to banking contracts being streamlined and culminated in the Applicants’ cases being dismissed with costs.
Melanie successfully represented the Respondent in a contested hearing involving numerous contractual issues. A preliminary application to strike out on behalf of the Respondent was made which resulted in the Claimant withdrawing its claim in its entirety.
John acted for a local authority in a case involving a supplier who claimed numerous and significant breaches of a supply contract by the local authority. John successfully persuaded the Court that an on-going contract with the drinks supplier was null and void, despite the claimant arguing that the contract was valid, and on-going. In … Continue reading
A dispute between two companies, each of whom had supplied their own contract, and claimed that their own contract was relevant. If John’s client had to operate on the other side’s contract, they would be responsible for all fees and expenses within the business relationship. Known as a ‘battle of the contracts’, John compared the … Continue reading