Lavinia Glover

Lavinia joined Becket Chambers in October 2015 and is developing her general practice in all of Chambers core areas.

Lavinia is particularly interested in ensuring that members of the public are able to understand the legal process and access the support available to them. Whilst undertaking her Bar Professional Training, she volunteered with the Personal Support Unit in the Newcastle Combined Court, supporting Litigants in Person throughout the court process. Lavinia also participated in ‘Street Law’, a scheme that aims to inform members of the public of their legal rights. In this role, she organised and delivered presentations to community groups on how the law affects them.
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Lavinia has recently joined Chambers after the successful completion of her pupillage, and is developing a broad practice within Becket Chambers’ core areas. She accepts instructions in crime, civil and general family matters.

She has a particular interest in civil matters, having represented both Claimants and Defendants in the County Court at all stages of proceedings. She is establishing a busy practice particularly in small claim matters, infant approvals, contractual disputes and possession hearings. Lavinia often takes instructions to draft advisory work particularly with regard to quantum in personal injury claims.

Lavinia accepts instructions in general family matters and frequently represents vulnerable clients for emergency non-molestation applications. She has appeared for both applicants and respondents at First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointments and Final Hearings.

She has also been instructed by the Home Office in civil forfeiture and condemnation proceedings.

Lavinia has an ability to put clients at ease with her personal and professional approach. She is highly competent in both processing large amounts of information and explaining it to her clients in a clear and concise way.

Lavinia studied law with history at Canterbury Christ Church University before going on to study the Bar Professional Training Course at Northumbria Law School, then commencing pupillage with Becket Chambers in October 2015. Before pupillage she volunteered with the Personal Support Unit in the Newcastle Combined Court, supporting litigants in person throughout the court process.

Property & Land Law

Lavinia has a particular interest in residential landlord and tenant matters, and is often instructed on behalf of private and local authority landlords for possession of residential properties. She has provided advice on eviction notices and tenancy agreements and has represented tenants where a possession order has been successfully set aside.

Lavinia is able to advise on counter-claims and set-offs in relation to possession proceedings against private landlords and has made successful submissions on mandatory grounds for possession.

She has appeared on behalf of the local authority in relation to claims of tenants’ anti-social behaviour and has most recently successfully represented the local authority for an injunction pending a possession hearing.

She has recently advised in an appeal against a possession order. Clients appreciate Lavinia’s ability to easily explain law and procedure. This is particularly important where there are issues or mental health and family.

Lavinia Glover's Property & Land Law Cases

Acting on behalf of a tenant arguing an s21 notice

Lavinia represented a tenant in a case involving argument over the return of a deposit and whether an s21 notice had been correctly served. Her client’s argument was that their landlord had failed to give them the prescribed information relating to their deposit. Therefore the landlord could not serve an s21 notice unless they paid Continue reading

Gaining a possession order for a landlord

Lavinia successfully represented a landlord in regaining possession of their property, which was a HMO. The tenant was represented, and their argument was that a valid s21 notice could not be served, as the landlord had not provided them with the prescribed information. The tenant’s main argument stemmed from whether it was sufficient to post Continue reading

Articles by Lavinia Glover

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954- is a tenant now deprived of their security of tenure?

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 regulates the way in which business tenancies can be terminated. Importantly, it gives business tenants security of tenure. However, that security has been called into question recently in the case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited [2017] EWHC 1670 (QB). In July 2017, judgment was handed Continue reading

Lavinia Glover's Testimonials for Property & Land Law

“I have spoken with the clients and they thought you were “brilliant” and were very pleased with you and the possession order.”

Miss S from Solicitors Instructing Lavinia Glover – February 17

Personal Injury

Lavinia represents clients in a variety of civil matters, and has been involved in the early stages of proceedings advising on liability, evidence and quantum. She has advised clients in relation to quantum of damages in negligence claims and in relation to infant settlements.

Lavinia has drafted skeleton arguments and pleadings for matters, which involved several expert reports. She has appeared on behalf of clients for contested liability and/or quantum trials, in the fast track.

Lavinia’s clients value her tenacious approach in road traffic accident claims, and her close attention for detail instils confidence in her clients prior to court appearances. She is regularly instructed in relation to claims involving credit hire and repairs. Most recently she has considerably reduced the amount claimed for damages in a road traffic accident. Lavinia has litigated on behalf of claimants for “trip and slip” injuries.

She has made successful submissions regarding costs, particularly in relation to unreasonable behaviour, in the small claims track. Lavinia has experience of qualified one-way costs shifting specifically arguments relating to fundamental dishonesty.

Articles by Lavinia Glover

Stage 3 Road Traffic Accident- power to transfer proceedings.

Low value, road traffic accident personal injury claims worth between £1000 and £10,000 have a streamlined process. The Pre-Action Protocol prevents parties from incurring disproportionate costs. The Protocol involves a three-stage process in which stage 3 is a quantum hearing adopting the simplest procedure possible. The recent case of Phillip v Willis [2016] EWCA 401 Continue reading

Crime

Lavinia is regularly instructed by the CPS and covers both prosecution and defence matters. She has particular experience of prosecuting highly complex domestic violence cases involving vulnerable clients, and of youth court work, which requires sensitive handling of witnesses. In these areas her natural sensitivity to her clients’ needs helps her to ensure that they are reassured during the court process.

Lavinia has represented numerous Defendants in relation to driving offences and has enabled clients to avoid disqualification by advancing special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments or presenting strong arguments to mitigate the sentence imposed. She has also made submissions with regards to allowing the Defendant to attend the drink driver awareness scheme.

Lavinia frequently appears in the Magistrates court on behalf of the local authority. She has taken instructions in relation to appeals on abatement notices.

Lavinia has appeared in the Crown Court on behalf of the Home Office.

Articles by Lavinia Glover